NATCHITOCHES – A graduation program for students who completed Phlebotomy Technician Training took place Aug. 7 at Northwestern State University for students who completed the seven-week course.
Graduates were Briana Reed, valedictorian; Dorothy Washington and Jasalan Dillon, salutatorians; Christian Weissbach, Myreah Howard, Jeanne Dennis, Bessie Wilson, Jeannette Middleton and Abbie Garner.
The Phlebotomy Technician Course was broken into two parts that included five weeks of instruction and two weeks of clinical practice. The course is designed to teach entry-level phlebotomy skills to students interested in pursuing a career in phlebotomy. Students are required to complete 100 clinical hours and 100 venipunctures before they are allowed to take the board exam. Upon satisfactory completion of the course, students are eligible to take the National Board Certification Exam on site through the American Certification Agency for Healthcare Professionals. This course also includes Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification through the American Heart Association.
The next Phlebotomy Technician Course will take place Sept. 23-Oct. 25 with classroom instruction from 6-9 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Students will complete clinical lab studies Oct. 28-Nov. 8 working Monday-Friday.
The cost to participate is $850 plus $150 paid directly to the instructor the first night of class to cover National Board Certification and a materials fee. Minimum payment of $425 must be included with registration and does not include material fee or board fee. Remaining balance must be paid through checkout. nsula.edu prior to Monday, October 21.
Students must provide proof of high school diploma, GED or official transcript and have a set of solid scrubs for clinical days. Students must purchase required textbook prior to the first night of class: Phlebotomy Essentials, 6th edition (Wolters Kluwer). This book is not available through the NSU bookstore but may be purchased through a variety of locations. The book may also be checked out from the instructor at no cost. However, it must be understood that if it is returned damaged or not returned at all, there will be a $60 fee that must be paid before being allowed to sit for the National Board Examination.
Classes will take place in Room 100 South Hall on the NSU campus. Sherry Hinton, CPI with Stick It Phlebotomy will be the instructor.