Middlesex Community College launches a brand new Certified Phlebotomy Technician program for people interested in pursuing a non-degree, healthcare profession or who are looking to expand their nursing skills. The program includes 120 hours of classroom instruction and extensive lab training in drawing blood, as well as an internship at Middlesex Hospital’s Outpatient Center in Middletown. Upon completion of the program, students earn a certificate from MxCC and qualify to sit for the American Medical Technologist (AMT) national phlebotomist certification exam. Classes begin April 1 and are held for nine weeks on Fridays and Saturdays. Registration is open now and can be completed online at www.mxcc.edu or by visiting MxCC at 100 Training Hill Road in Middletown or at The Meriden Center at 55 West Main Street in downtown Meriden.
The new program was created to meet growing demand for phlebotomy courses by local residents, as well as demand by local hospitals, medical offices, and labs for trained, experienced phlebotomists. The job outlook for this career is extremely high according to the U.S. Department of Labor (25 percent growth expected vs. seven percent average). The DOL also notes that “almost all employers look for phlebotomists who have earned professional certification” even in states that do not require it.
The course content was heavily researched by Bice Carrabbia a registered medical assistant (RMA) and an AMT-registered phlebotomist. She has worked in phlebotomy since 1974 and has taught phlebotomy for the Hartford Job Corps., at Capitol Community College, and at MxCC. Carrabbia says the most important element for success as a phlebotomist is having empathy for each patient, so that is emphasized in all course content.
The program includes safety and universal precautions when working with patients and blood, as well as understanding lab tests and other procedures. Class size is limited to 20 students so students receive individualized attention and access to all medical supplies.