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Phlebotomy/EKG Technician

Program Goals: 
The Phlebotomy/EKG Technician Certificate Program educates individuals to work in various aspects of healthcare including  hospitals, clinics & outreach/home sites.      
Student Learning Outcomes: 
Upon completion of the program graduates will be able to:
  • Understand   medical terminology, basic anatomy of the venous system, basic hematology, infection control, quality assurance and safety.
  • Perform venipuncture and capillary puncture, specimen handling,
  • Gain knowledge of basic EKG tracing, rate, rhythm, common heart abnormalities and the use and function of the EKG machine.
Admissions Process: 
Admissions inquiries should be directed to admissions [at] qcc [dot] mass [dot] edu .Prospective students may apply to the program of their choice by following the enrollment steps at the following link:  http://www.qcc.edu/pages/Enrollment_Steps.html
CORI, SORI, Finger Printing & Drug Testing: 
A Criminal Offenders Record Information (CORI) and Sexual Offenders Record Information (SORI) are required. Finger printing and drug testing may also be required. Students should be aware that a prior or current history of criminal or sexual record could prevent them from participation in the clinical externship. All students must submit evidence of a positive Hepatitis B antibody titer prior to beginning the clinical externship. See additional health requirements under Additional Program Information.
Additional Cost: 
Students should anticipate additional expenses for clinical uniforms, professional liability insurance, clinical parking fees, and materials required in the program.
Technical Performance Standards: 
See page 17 in the catalog or the Technical Performance Standards page.
Credit for Prior Learning: 
Students enrolled in this program may be able to earn academic credit for prior learning.  Please contact the office of Career Placement Services at careerservices [at] qcc [dot] mass [dot] edu, 508-854-4439, Room 272 A.
Career Outlook: 
Please consult The Massachusetts Career Information System at http://masscis.intocareers.com/  or The Occupational Outlook Handbook at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ for specific occupational information.
Transfer Articulations & Opportunities: 
Prospective students may learn more about transfer articulation agreements at the following link: http://www.qcc.mass.edu/transfer/ArticPathways.html . More information regarding transfer opportunities is available at: http://www.qcc.mass.edu/transfer.
Additional Information: 
  • Provide documentation of immunization currency and satisfactory health status prior to beginning the clinical externship. Students are required to meet the health requirements as identified on the QCC Health Form. Students who have not been cleared by QCC’s Health Care Compliance officer of will not be allowed to participate in the clinical externship.
  • This is a great opportunity for students to gain entry level employment in the healthcare field prior to matriculating into a selective program.
  • Must take the college placement test to determine Math and English levels if no college level courses were previously completed.
  • Students should note that some first semester courses carry minimum prerequisites. Refer to the program grid.
  • Students will increase their chances of obtaining employment by completing both the theoretical course (ALH 134) and the Clinical Externship (ALH 136)
Course Title Course # Semester Offered Plan to Take Grade Credits Prerequisites
Semester 1
Introduction to the Health Professions ALH 101 F/S/SU     3 ENG 091 and ENG 096 or approp place score
Introduction to English Composition* ENG 100 F/S/SU     3 ENG 091 and ENG 096 or approp place score
Introduction to Medical Terminology ALH 102 F/S/SU     3 Coreq-ENG 100 or approp place score
Introduction to Microcomputer Applications CIS 111 F/S/SU     3  
Principles of Human Biology BIO 100 F/S/SU     4 ENG 100 or approp place score
Phlebotomy/EKG Technician ALH 134 F/S/SU     3 ENG 091 and ENG 096 or approp place score
Phlebotomy/EKG Technician Clinical Co-Operative Externship ALH 136       6 ALH 134
Total credits required: 26  

Program Notes:

  • If students complete the Health Certificate, maintain a GPA of 3.0 and meet the admission requirements of a Healthcare program (see Programs of Study listing on pages 51 and 52) they will be guaranteed admission on a space available basis.

*If student meets the ENG 100 based on a placement score, PSY 101 can be substituted.