New Program Developed in Response to Local Demand

October 6, 2015

Topeka - In response to an identified need, a Phlebotomy Certificate program will begin at Washburn Tech with the spring 2016 semester.

“There is a definite need for phlebotomists in Northeast Kansas,” said Clayton Tatro, associate dean of instruction. “When the service providers approached Washburn and Washburn Tech about offering training, we quickly developed the program.  We are excited to offer this training that has a direct benefit to business and industry in the region. The newly-created phlebotomy program will assist local employers in providing this high demand service.”

Upon completion of the one semester, 11-credit-hour program, students will be awarded a certificate in completion in phlebotomy. Areas of study will include process and procedures for collecting blood specimens for laboratory analysis, all aspects of blood collection and related procedures and skills to perform venipunctures completely and safely. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the credentialing examination offered by the American Medical Technologist organization.

Currently, the on-the-job training available requires a significant amount of time and resources from the hiring agency and often results in higher than average turnover. As a result, leadership at Stormont –Vail HealthCare and St. Francis Health Center suggested a model in which training takes place prior to employment. The new phlebotomy program at Tech was developed to implement the new training model and will be a component of the existing health care training.

The new program will replace the current apprenticeship model of phlebotomy training utilized at area hospitals and will provide a trained workforce to the medical community, Tatro said. According to HealthEdToday.com, health care industry experts predict a 15 percent increase in phlebotomy jobs by 2018.

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