Phlebotomy & Laboratory Science

The Hidden Profession that Saves Lives

A student in safety goggles and medical protective clothing examines a test tube sample by holding it up to the light.

This program is designed to provide training in the areas of phlebotomy (drawing blood), medical terminology, first aid/CPR and general laboratory procedures. In year one, students learn basic skills for use in medical or veterinary laboratories. In year two, students complete phlebotomy training to prepare for certification and gain additional knowledge and skills focused in the areas of biotechnology and microbiology. Skills gained apply to scientific research and product development relevant to a variety of industries – pharmaceuticals, medical, veterinary, cosmetics, environmental, food and agricultural.  

Units of Study

Orientation and Safety, plus:

  • Basic Laboratory Skills
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Regulatory Agencies
  • Phlebotomy
  • Special Collection Procedures
  • Blood Staining 
  • Immunology 
  • Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis 
  • Bacterial Cell Culture and Staining 
  • Basic Biochemistry 
  • Restriction Digestion and Gel Electrophoresis
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Experimental Design for Environmental Science 
  • Genetic Modification Via Bacterial Transformation
  • Protein Extraction
  • Human Nutrition
  • Food Production Laboratory
  • Financial Literacy 
  • Career Planning

College Credits

MCC Dual Enrollment:
  • CLT 100: Introduction to Medical Laboratory Technology
  • HED 130: Foundations of Health and Wellness 

GCC Dual Enrollment: 
  •  FPT 101: Introduction to Food Processing Technology

Articulation Agreements

Licensing / Industry-Based Certifications

  • NHA Phlebotomy Technician Certification
  • American Red Cross First Aid / CPR/AED Certification

Professional Outlook

Job Projections, Phlebotomist: 29 percent annual growth in new jobs through 2026.
 
Median U.S. Salary: $34,480 per year (in 2018).
 
 
Job Projections, Veterinary Technician: 20 percent annual growth in new jobs through 2026.
 
Median U.S. Salary: $34,420 per year (in 2018).*

 
*Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics 

Teachers

Jim Payne
As a research technician, Jim Payne studied the blood of Alzheimer's patients and the genome of the bacteria that causes cavities. His educational background includes earning a master's in education focused on grades 5-12 biology education. Jim has taught this program at WEMOCO since 2010.

Enrollment Information

Meet with your school counselor to discuss how Career & Technical Education at WEMOCO can benefit your career development. Your counselor can help you begin the enrollment process.
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