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Admissions

The program admits up to 8 students. Each program cycle is 15 weeks long. A new batch of students begins on the following dates in 2017: August 7th. The start dates are subject to change. Contact the phlebotomy educator for the firm date.

Download the application and reference forms

For more information on the admission requirements, process, and guidelines used in the selection of students, please review the information below:

Admission Procedure

The first step in the process is to submit an application packet. Application packets must be completed (postmarked) by the following dates.

For the class that begins in:

Application must be postmarked by:

January

Nov 15

May

Mar 15

August

July 1

An application packet must include the following:

  • A completed application form
  • Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (can be unofficial).
  • Two references from prior instructors or employers
  • Copy of current healthcare provider CPR certification
  • The student's vaccination record, including:
    • Proof of Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccination or immunity (titer).
    • Proof of chicken pox vaccination (Varicella zoster) or immunity (titer). The student may provide medical documentation of having had the chicken pox in lieu of a titer.
    • Proof of Hepatitis B vaccination, if it has been done. If the student has not had the Hepatitis B vaccination, it will be offered to students accepted into the program by Parkview's Employee Health office at no charge to the student. For additional information, contact the program director.
    • Proof of the meningococcal vaccine if it has been done. If the student has not had the vaccine, it will be offered to students accepted into the program by Parkview's Employee Health office at no charge to the student. For additional information, contact the program director.

Interview Process:

Once all portions of the application packet have been received, the packet will be reviewed by the admissions committee. Based on information in the application, the applicant may be selected for an interview. (Not all applicants will be interviewed if the applicant pool is large. In this case, the application committee chooses students to interview based on the guidelines used in the selection of students.) The phlebotomy educator will contact the applicant to schedule the date and time of the interview.

Final Selection of Students:

Once all applicants have been interviewed, the admissions committee will rank the applicants based on the guidelines used in the selection of students. Acceptance letters will be e-mailed to up to 8 applicants. Applicants have 5 days to notify the program of their decision to accept the position. If all positions are not filled then additional acceptance letters may be mailed. After all positions have been filled, the remaining applicants will be notified. A list of alternates may be chosen in the event that additional positions become open before the program begins.

Background Check and Drug Screen:

All offers for a position in the phlebotomy program are contingent upon passing a background check and drug screen.Once the applicant has accepted a position in the program, the Parkview Human Resources Department will contact the applicant with instructions to complete these requirements. Fees are required and are subject to change. The current fee for the background check is $45. The current fee for the drug screen is $35. The drug screen must include a breathalyzer test. The current fee for the breathalyzer test is $18.

3rd party vendors perform the background check and drug screen. These vendors will notify Parkview Human Resources and the Program Director as to whether or not the applicant has passed these requirements.

T-Spot Test:

Accepted students will be required to have a T-spot test done for tuberculosis by the Parkview Employee Health Nurse the week before the program begins. If the T-spot is positive, the student will follow the Employee Health Nurse's policy, which may include having a chest x-ray performed.

Guidelines Used in the Selection of Students

An admissions committee is composed of the Program Director, the Phlebotomy Educator, and the Lab Supervisor of Clinical Support. Additional Parkview staff may serve on the committee including the lead phlebotomists, phlebotomy staff, MLS staff, and lab supervisors. The Committee selects students from completed applications based on the following:

  • High school and college GPA
  • Essay - applicant's reason for choosing the profession
  • Work experience relating to customer service, lab work, volunteer work
  • References
  • The interview
  • Applicant's personality and attitude and his/her goodness of fit for Parkview Medical Center
  • Special consideration will be given to students interested in obtaining employment as a phlebotomist at Parkview Medical Center

Parkview Medical Center is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate against applicants based on race, sex, color, national origin, ancestry, handicap, or age.

Degree Requirements

The student must have completed their high school degree prior to starting the phlebotomy program. Completion of the program is not eligible for course credit at any college or university.

Minimum GPA

The student must have a minimum GPA of 2.8 based on a 4.0 scale

Course Requirement

Students must have a current certification card for healthcare provider CPR

Physical Requirements and Essential Functions

The phlebotomy student must be able to:

  • Meet the minimum physical requirements for a Phlebotomy student
  1. Walk and/or stand for up to 10 hours per day.
  2. Perform repetitive tasks and motions.
  3. Have good manual dexterity and the fine motor skills necessary for performing phlebotomy and handling specimens.
  4. Move freely and safely around the laboratory and hospital including reaching laboratory bench tops and shelves, and reaching patients lying in hospital beds or seated in specimen collection chairs.
  5. Lift up to 20 pounds occasionally.
  6. Identify exposures to hazards such as communicable diseases and blood and body fluids.
  7. Hear normal speaking voices in the hospital, in lecture, and on the telephone.
  8. Hear alarms and telephones ringing.
  9. See well enough to perform all required functions including interacting with computer and cell phone screens and performing phlebotomy.
  10. Be able to accurately discern color.
  • Speak and comprehend the English language such that he/she can communicate effectively with instructors, patients, supervisors, coworkers, visitors, and other allied health workers on the telephone or in person.
  • Read and follow directions. Give explanations to others as needed.
  • Manage his/her own time and systematize actions to complete assigned tasks in a specified time limit.
  • Adapt to professionals and change, as our laboratory is a dynamic environment.
  • Work safely with potentially hazardous materials, thus minimizing the risk of injury to self, patients, or others.

In addition, the phlebotomy student must possess:

  • The intellectual skills necessary for working as a phlebotomist including comprehensions, reasoning, comparison, and self-expression.
  • Recall ability adequate for functioning as a phlebotomist. For instance, after completing the learning exercises the student should be able to explain the additives in the blood tubes.
  • The physical and psychological stamina to work under pressure.

Jenney Mead, MLS(ASCP)CM, MBA

Director of Laboratory

719.584.4429

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