The Phlebotomy program at South Arkansas Community College is only one semester in length and students successful in all 12 credit hours will graduate with a certificate of proficiency. Application to the program isn't required but is on a first-registered, first accepted status.
The Phlebotomy program centers on the study of phlebotomy, professionalism, patient relations, basic medical terminology, types of specimens, specimen collection procedures, complications of venipuncture, adaptations for special limits and special types of patients, and the actual collection of laboratory specimens. Upon successful completion of all coursework, the student will be eligible to sit for one or more national certification examinations in phlebotomy.
Phlebotomy certification is NOT required by the State of Arkansas, but may be required by individual health care facilities for employment. Each class is limited to a maximum of 14 students. The first 14 students who complete the admission process to South Arkansas Community College will be allowed to register for the course and pay fees. Positions in the class cannot be held for specific individuals until admission requirements are met. There will be NO exceptions to this rule. If students fail to pay fees by indicated date, those students will be dropped from the course and additional students will be allowed to register for the vacated positions in the class.
To successfully complete the certificate of proficiency, students MUST earn a grade of “C” or higher in all 12 credit hours in the curriculum. The South Arkansas Community College Phlebotomy program has been approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) but is currently on inactive accreditation status. Procedures for reactivation of the program is currently in process. NAACLS is located at 5600 N. River road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119. NAACLS phone number is 773-714-8880; http://www.naacls.org
Certificate of Proficiency
Certificate of Proficiency
|MLSC 1042||Phlebotomy Practicum||2|
|HCIT 1003||Medical Terminology||3|
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Basic Studies Requirements:
Reading: ACT 19 or above (or) ASSET 43 or above (or) COMPASS 83 or above (or) Accuplacer 78 or above (or) complete BSTD 0613 English II.
Writing: ACT 19 or above (or) ASSET 45 or above (or) COMPASS 80 or above (or) Accuplacer 83 or above (or) complete BSTD 0613 English II.
Math: ACT 19 or above (or) ASSET Intermediate Algebra Skills 43 or above (or) COMPASS 71 or above (or) Accuplacer 78 or above (or) complete BSTD 0513 Intermediate Algebra.
If you are interested in further information regarding this program, contact:
Cathy Hailey, Program Director
Caroline Hammond, Dean of Health Sciences
Students interested in the Phlebotomy program MUST:
- Complete all general SouthArk admission procedures for admission to the college (this is available online at http://www.southark.edu/admissions-enrollment/apply-to-southark). You can download a document that explains the admission process in 7 easy steps at: http://www.southark.edu/images/7_Easy_Steps_Revised_03_23_2017.pdf. SouthArk's Admissions Office is located on the second floor of the El Dorado Conference Center.
- After completing the SouthArk admissions process (admissions application, transcripts, test scores, immunizations, etc...) students may register for the program with an advisor.
- Provide proof of a negative TB skin test or evidence of negative chest x-ray if skin testing is not allowed.
- Provide proof of Hepatitis B immunizations or sign a declination statement.
- Provide proof of varicella zoster (chicken pox) immunization
- To be completed after beginning the program: Provide proof of an unencumbered drug screen and criminal background check required upon entry to the program. Do NOT do these until instructed to do so by the program director or instrutor. Instructions will be given after the courses begin. The cost of the background check is the student's responsibility and is paid directly to American Data Bank. Students will complete the drug screen at an assigned location. The cost of the drug screen is the student's responsibility
Program Admission Information:
Each class is limited to a maximum of 14 students. The first 14 students who complete the admission process to South Arkansas Community College and the Phlebotomy Program will be allowed to register for the program courses and pay fees. Positions in the program cannot be held for specific individuals until all Southark admission requirements and program admission requirements are met. There will be NO exceptions to this rule. If students fail to pay fees by indicated dates, those studetns will be dropped from the program and an alternate student will be allowed to regiser for the vacated positions in the program.
EXPENSES: In addition to college tuition and fees, students are responsible for purchasing scrubs, leather white shoes, and a white lab jacket (long sleeves) to attend the practicum component of the program.
Application not required. Please read Admission Process page.
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|July 2011 - June 2012||51%|
|July 2012 - June 2013||Jan.-Dec. 2013 - 41
|July 2013 - June 2014||Jan.-Dec. 2014 - 45
|July 2014 - June 2015||Jan.-Dec. 2015 - 26||89||74%|