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Phlebotomy / EKG

Program

The Phlebotomy/EKG program at South Arkansas Community College consists of a onesemester Certificate of Proficiency. The Phlebotomy/EKG 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, actual collection of laboratory specimens, and performance and interpretation of basic EKG.
Upon successful completion of all coursework, the student will be awarded a Certificate of Proficiency and 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 in El Dorado and 10 students in Warren each semester. The first 24 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 ā€œCā€ or higher.  The South Arkansas Community College Phlebotomy program has been approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) 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

COURSE SEM.HR.
MLS 1013 Phlebotomy 3
MLS 1031 Phlebotomy Practicum 1
HS 1011 Ethics and Professionalism 1
HIT 1003 Medical Terminology 3
HS 1021 CPR and First Aid 1
HS 1001 Basic Computers or CSCI 1003 1
MLS 1002 Basic EKG 2
Program Total 12

Basic Studies Requirements:

Students who score less than ACT 19, ASSET 42, or COMPASS 82 in reading are required to take the Nelson Denny Reading Test in The Learning Center for placement in the appropriate Basic Studies Reading course. Students must test out of or enroll in BSTD 0103 as a corequisite to the phlebotomy/EKG program.
 

If you are interested in further information regarding this program, contact:

Phlebotomy Program Director
South Arkansas Community College
300 South West Avenue, El Dorado, AR 71730
Phone (870) 875-7275

Admission Process

Applicants to the program MUST:

  • Complete general admission procedures to the college (this is available online at www.Southark.edu or you may request a paper form from admissions).
  • Submit official copies of your High school/GED and college transcripts must be sent to SouthArk/Admissions office.
  • Submit placement test results from the ACT, SAT, ASSET, or COMPASS to SouthArk Admissions.
  • Meet with the Phlebotomy/EKG program director.
  • Provide proof of an unencumbered drug screen ($35) and criminal background check ($53) required upon entry to the program.
  • Provide proof of PPD skin test or evidence of negative chest x-ray if skin testing not allowed.
  • Provide proof of Hepatitis B immunization upon entry or sign Declination Statement.
  • MUST provide proof of immunity to varicella. Proof may consist of 1) proof of vaccination, 2) statement of physician verifying that student had varicella, or 3) varicella antibody titer indicating immunity.

 

 

Application Process

Prior to applying for admission into the Phlebotomy/EKG program students must complete the SouthArk admissions process. 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 complete the Phlebotomy Program application.  Students can pick up the phlebotomy program application from the HNS Career Advisor or access it electronically via the link at the top of this page.

Step-by-Step Admissions Instructions:

  • Complete a SouthArk admissions application.  Returning SouthArk students are not required to complete a new application.  However, if you attended before 1986, a new application must be completed.  You can complete the application online at www.southark.edu or pick up a paper application from Enrollment Services or the HNS Career Advisor.
  • Submit official transcripts from any high school, college, university, and technical or trade schools you've previously attended to SouthArk Admissions.  If you need to obtain a GED transcript, please submit your request to the AR GED Testing Office, Three Capitol Mall, Room 200, Luther Hardin Building, Little Rock, AR  72201-1083.  Copy the transcript release form if you need more than one. You will need to check with your school to see if there is a fee for transcripts. The Health Sciences office will not obtain student transcripts, the student must provide them to Enrollment Services.
  • Provide proof of immunization to SouthArk Admissions.  Two immunizations against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) are required.
  • All first-time entering students and transfer students must submit placement test results from the ACT, SAT, ASSET or COMPASS to SouthArk Admissions.  Students may contact the Testing Center (870-864-7196) to take the COMPASS test. 
  • After completing the SouthArk admissions process (admissions application, transcripts, test scores, immunizations, etc...) students wishing to enter the Phlebotomy/EKG program need to complete the Phlebotomy Program application. Students can pick up the phlebotomy program application from the HNS Career Advisor or access it electronically via the link at the top of this page.
  • All complete applications will be date stamped upon receipt.  Submit applications to the Phlebotomy Program Director or Health Sciences Advisor.
  • A background check will be required for admittance into the SouthArk Phlebotomy program. The cost of the background check is $53 and is paid directly to American Data Bank. 
  • An unencumbered drug screen will be required. Students will complete the drug screen at an assigned location. 
  • Applicants need to provide proof of a TB skin test or evidence of negative chest x-ray if skin testing not allowed.  TB skin tests can be obtained from the Union County Health Department.
  • Applicants need to provide proof of Hepatitis B immunization or sign a declination statement.
  • Applicants need to provide proof of varicella zoster (chicken pox).
  • Students will complete the class registration process at this time.

 

 

Application Information Continued:
Each class is limited to a maximum of 14 students in El Dorado and 10 students in Warren. The first (14/10) students who complete the admission process to South Arkansas Community College and the Phlebotomy/EKG 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, a white lab jacket (long sleeves), a drug screen, and a background check. 

Graduate Statistics

Year Covering Arkansas Licenses Required Number Accepted Number Graduates Retention
2010-11 NA 16 13 81%
2011-12 NA 47 34 72%
2012-13 NA 45 34 75%

Faculty and Staff

Cliff Haak- Program Director
Molly Weaver, adjunct instructor, Warren campus
Andrew Casculescu-luca, adjunct instructor
Cathy Bradford, adjunct instructor