The UPMC Altoona Phlebotomy Program is a 6-week commitment. This includes 4 weeks of online didactic learning, followed by 2 weeks of clinical practice. The online didactic learning will include the following areas of study: anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, safety and infection control, the clinical laboratory, phlebotomy techniques, quality management, and ethical and legal issues. The 2 week clinical practice consists of inpatient and outpatient phlebotomy settings, guided by experienced phlebotomists to ensure proper technique. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain at least 30 venipuncture and 10 capillary draws during their clinical practice.
Upon satisfactory completion of the program student will be eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Phlebotomy Technician Certification Exam. More information on NHA can be found here at their website.
We take up to 8 students per program. The Phlebotomy Program is offer once in January and once in the May. Applications for the January program open November 1st and end December 15th, applications for the May program open March 1st and end April 15th.