NATCHITOCHES – An online phlebotomy technician training course through Northwestern State University’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will begin in Natchitoches on April 25.
This course is designed to teach entry-level phlebotomy skills to students interested in pursuing a career in phlebotomy. Students are required to complete classroom instruction and 50 venipunctures before they will be allowed to take the board exam.
This nine-week course begins with a mandatory face-to-face orientation class meeting in South Hall on NSU’s Natchitoches campus on April 25. There will be six weeks of online classroom instruction followed by a face-to-face hands-on portion that will meet June 6-10 in South Hall from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Once the skills/hands-on portion has been completed, students will be given two weeks to obtain their required clinical time. Clinicals will be held from June 13-24 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. and are scheduled by the instructor. Clinicals may last from two days to two weeks per student.
Upon satisfactory completion of this course, students will be 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. There is a possibility of random drug screening at the student’s expense at clinical sites.
Requirements for the course include proof of high school diploma, GED, or official transcript and the payment of a $150 National Board Certification and material fee to the instructor at the first face-to-face class meeting. This fee is in addition to any registration fees. Those taking the class must have a set of solid scrubs for clinical days. The scrubs can be of any color and should not be purchased after class begins. An electronic book is available at no cost and will be posted in the online class.
The fee is $950 plus the $150 National Board Certification and material fee due at the first class meeting. A minimum payment of $475 must be included with registration and does not include the material fee or board fee. The remaining balance must be paid through checkout.nsula.edu prior to Monday, Monday, June 6.
For more information or to register for classes, go to checkout.nsula.edu or call (800) 376-2422 or (318) 357-6355.