Phlebotomy Education Program
Phlebotomists are health care professionals who collect blood, which is used in the diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of a patient’s medical condition. Phlebotomists are vital to quality patient care. Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City has a long history of providing phlebotomy training in the Kansas City area.
Students in the Phlebotomy Education Program learn about all phases of phlebotomy theory and technique, including:
- Anatomy and physiology
- Laboratory departments and organization
- Specimen collection equipment and techniques
The Phlebotomy Education Program offers a balance of theory and practical application of techniques learned in the classroom preparing you for a health care career that is in high demand.
Clinical rotations include:
- Hospital laboratories
- Patient service centers
- Physician offices
Phlebotomist employment opportunities exist in hospitals, physicians’ offices, clinics, nursing homes, clinical laboratories, insurance companies, and other health care settings. Historically, more than 50% of program graduates have found opportunities at Saint Luke’s.
- Our 2016 – 2018 graduation rate was 98%
- 2016 – 2018 graduates have a 90% pass rate on phlebotomy certification exams
- For 2016 – 2018, our employment rate was 92%
The Phlebotomy Education Program is an accredited 5-week intensive course that consists of 200 hours and provides didactic (lecture and student lab) and clinical instruction (practicum); 68 hours are spent in lecture and student lab, while 132 hours are in clinical rotations. Students are required to complete a minimum of 200 successful specimen collections by a variety of methods; evacuated, winged infusion set (butterfly), syringe, and capillary puncture (finger and heel). Arterial collections are also included. Basic, intermediate, and advanced phlebotomy techniques are taught and practiced during the program. Our comprehensive program prepares graduates to successfully function as an entry-level phlebotomist as well as sit for a national certification exam.
Graduates of the Phlebotomy Education Program have the opportunity to sit for an accredited national certification examination. Certification is highly recommended, but optional. View exam registration.
We are accepting applications for 2021 classes. The start dates vary and are on-going. Please fill out an application for further information.
Classes are held eight hours a day, Monday through Friday. The daily schedule varies and includes:
- Lecture: 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Clinical instruction: 2:00 – 10:30 a.m., 4:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 6:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Student schedules include all clinical instructions times listed above.
Evening and weekend classes are not available.
The Phlebotomy Education Program is approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to become a certified phlebotomist.
For more information, contact:
Brenna D. Ildza
Phlebotomy Program Director
Phlebotomy Program Faculty