Phlebotomy Syllabus for 2021-2022
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PLAB-1223-001 Phlebotomy


Course Description

Skill development in the performance of a variety of blood collection methods using proper techniques and standard precautions. Includes vacuum collection devices, syringes, capillary skin puncture, butterfly needles and blood culture and specimen collection on adults, children and infants. Emphasis on infection prevention, patient identification, specimen labeling, quality assurance, specimen handling, processing, accessioning, professionalism, ethics and medical terminology.

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(2 sem hrs; 2 lec, 1 lab)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


Phlebotomy Essentials, 7th ed., Ruth E. McCall

Phlebotomy Essentials Workbook, 7th ed, Ruth E. McCall

Ph;ebotomy Exam Review 7th ed,  Ruth E McCall           


Supplies include the following:

  • Textbook, Author's Workbook
  • Computer
  • Internet access
  • Sharpies
  • Pens/pencils/paper

Student Performance


Demonstrate infection control and safety practices; describe quality assurance as it relates to specimen collection; explain the role of specimen collection in the overall patient care system; identify collection equipment, various types of additives used, special precautions necessary, and substances that can interfere in clinical analysis of blood constituents; demonstrate venipuncture and capillary puncture techniques on adults, children, and infants; and explain requisitioning, transport and processing.

Specific learning objectives for each section and each laboratory exercise are distributed as part of the lecture/lab handouts.

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Academic dishonesty shall constitute a violation of the college rules and regulations and is punishable as prescribed by Amarillo College Board policies. Academic dishonesty shall include, but is not limited to, cheating on a test/quiz/assignment, plagiarism, and collusion. Cheating shall include:

  • Copying from another student's test/assignment paper.
  • Using test materials not authorized by the person administering the test/assignment (ex: notes, books, etc).
  • Collaborating with or seeking aid from another student during a test/assignment without permission from the test/assignment administrator/instructor.
  • Knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, or soliciting, in whole or in part, the contents of an administered/unadministered test/assignment.
  • The unauthorized transporting or removal, in whole or in part, of the contents of the administered/unadministered test/assignment.
  • Substituting for another student, or permitting another student to substitute for one's self, to take a test/assignment.
  • Bribing another person to obtain an administered/unadministered test/assignment or information about an administered/unadministered test/assignment.

Plagiarismshall be defined as the appropriating, buying, receiving as a gift, or obtaining by any means another's work and the unacknowledged submission or incorporation of it in one's own written work.

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  1. Being asked to leave class for the remainder of the day
  2. Mandatory conference with the Assistant Dean of Career and Technical Programs
  3. Conference with the Dean of Students and a permanent entry in the student's official program record

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Grading Criteria

The course components will be distributed as follows:
Chapter exams = 30%of Lecture grade
Tubelist Quizzes = 30% of lecture grade
Lab = 5% of the total grade
Attendance = 5% of the total grade
Final Exams = 30% of the total grade
The grading scale used for this course is as follows:

A = 90.0% - 100.0% of the total points possible for this course

B = 80.0% - 89.9% of the total points possible for this course

C = 70.0% - 79.9% of the total points possible for this course

F = 69.9% or less of the total points possible for this course  NOTE: A grade of 'D' is not possible.

Students must maintain a 75% average in all the course components in order to be able to continue to the clinical portion of this course.  If a student makes lower than a 70 on a quiz or exam they will be required to participate in tutoring.


Course Grade: The final grade for the course will consists of five parts. 

5% Attendance. 5 points possible for each class meeting.  Tardiness to class will result in a loss of points for that class meeting.

5% Labs - there will be both study questions and activities for labs that will be graded as one grade.  Also, there will be a requirement for each student to successfully complete a minimum of 13 phlebotomy procedures before they can continue to Part 2 or PLAB 1164.  The minimum 13 must include 10 vacutainer procedures, 1 syringe procedures, 1 butterfly procedures, and 1 skin puncture procedures.  These will be completed during labs and in the Sim Lab in building A.


30% Chapter Exams.  There will be unit exams given online through Blackboard.  These exams will consist of multiple-choice questions.  A student must take exams using Respondus monitor and a webcam if they take it at home or in a proctored lab and these arrangements must be made prior to the exam oping.


30% Quizzes.  There will be tube list quizzes at most class meetings. These quizzes will cover the tubes list and order of draw that are found on ACconnect.  The lowest quiz grade will be dropped from the final grade calculation.  There will not be any make‑up quizzes given.

30% Final Exam.  The final exam grade consists of two parts. The first part will be the tubes list final and will include all the different tubes studied throughout the course and clinical along with the additive, department, and major laboratory tests performed with each tube.   The second part is a comprehensive exam that will consists of 100 multiple choice questions from Ch. 1-14 and will be given online through ACconnect.

Mandatory Tutoring:  When a student makes a grade below 75% on the chapter exams or the tubes list quizzes they are requirement to attend tutoring.  Tutoring can be in the Success Center in building B room 112 or can be in the tutoring center in building D.


Attendance Policy ‑ The attendance policy must be strictly followed by each student to satisfactorily complete the course.  The student cannot miss more than one class to complete the course and receive a certificate.



Class Schedule

Exam Schedule

Week 1

Syllabus and ACconnect and Blackboard

Chapter 1 & 2

Exam  Ch 1

(open Thurs 1pm -Mon 1pm)

Week 2

Chapter 3 & 4

Infection Control Lab

Chapter 5

Exam 2-3

(open Thurs 1pm -Mon 1pm)

Week 3

No Class

Chapters 6

Venipuncture Lab

Exam 4-5

(open Thurs 1pm -Mon 1pm)

Week 4

Chapters 7

Chapter 8 &

Syringe Lab

Exam 6-8

(open Thurs 1pm -Mon 1pm)

Week 5

Chapters 9 &10

Chapters 11 &

Butterfly Lab

Exam 9-11

(open Thurs 1pm-Mon 1pm)

Week 6

Chapters 12-13

Chapter 14 &

Specimen processing Lab

Final Exam

(open Thurs 1pm -Mon 9am)

Week 7

Practical/Tubelist Final

Prepare for Part 2 or PLAB 1164

Additional Information

Syllabus Created on:

08/23/21 10:15 AM

Last Edited on:

08/23/21 10:24 AM