Phlebotomy Syllabus for 2021-2022
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Allied Health Office 137

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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 by McCall 7e Bundle: Textbook, Workbook and Exam Review,  copyright 2020, 
ISBN# 9781284206364


Supplies include the following:

  • Textbook, Author's Workbook and lab manual
  • Computer
  • Internet access
  • Moisture/fluid resistant lab coat
  • 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.



Amarillo College

Center for Continuing Healthcare Education

Phlebotomy Course Part 1 Syllabus Fall 2020

Instructor: Kari Lopez MLT (ASCP)

Office: Allied Health Bldg, Office 137

Phone: 354‑6060

**Cell: (951)-973-2090**

Office Hours: see schedule


Kim Boyd:

Texts: Phlebotomy Essentials, 6th ed., Ruth E. McCall, & Cathee M. Tankersley

            Phlebotomy Essentials Workbook,  Ruth E. McCall, & Cathee M. Tankersley

Text Box:              PrepU  Ruth E. McCall, & Cathee M. Tankersley


            You will also need to download respondus lockdown browser to any devices that you will be testing on. Instructions to do so can be found by clicking “Institution Page” in blackboard, then scrolling down to “Helpful Resources”, where “Respondus” is listed as an option choice, click on “Respondus” or this link

            Read the instructions, then click on the blue bar at the bottom of the screen to download.



Course Description: Skill development in the performance of a variety of blood collection methods using proper techniques and Universal Precautions.  Includes vacuum collection devices, syringes, capillary skin puncture, butterfly needles and blood culture systems, along with specimen collection on adults, children, and infants. Emphasis on infection prevention, proper patient identification, labeling of specimens, quality assurance, specimen handling, processing, and accessioning. Discussing requirements for HIPAA. Topics for lecture include professionalism, ethics, medical terminology, related anatomy, physiology, utilization of laboratory equipment, and will cover Chapters 1‑14 in the Phlebotomy Essentials textbook. Possible review questions for the ASCP Registry Exam, are found on PrepU and can be used in conjunction with the textbook during lectures. Formal assignments will not be assigned from PrepU until Part 2.

Course Length: 40 lecture hours

Course Objectives: At the end of this course, the participant should be able to:

  1. Discuss historical perspectives of phlebotomy and phlebotomy as it is today.
  2. HIPAA - Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
  3. Summarize health care settings, as they exist today.
  4. Demonstrate correct use of medical terminology.
  5. Review an overview of anatomy and physiology.
  6. Identify components of the circulatory system.
  7. Describe infection control, safety and first aid in relation to phlebotomy.
  8. Explain factors to consider in blood collection.
  9. Enumerate important items of test collection preparation.
  10. Demonstrate routine venipuncture procedures.
  11. Demonstrate routine skin puncture procedures.
  12. Define special blood test procedures including blood bank procedures
  13. Summarize critical components of arterial blood gases.                                   
  14. Discuss non‑blood specimens and test.
  15. Summarize quality assurance in phlebotomy.
  16. Discussing and reviewing for Certification Exams

Course Outline:

UNIT I- THE HEALTH CARE SETTING                                                     

Chapter 1 - Phlebotomy: Past and Present and the Healthcare Setting

HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

Chapter 2 - Quality Assurance and Legal Issues

Chapter 3 - Infection Control, Safety, First Aid, and Personal Wellness

UNIT II - OVERVIEW OF THE HUMAN BODY                                           

Chapter 5 - Human Anatomy and Physiology

Chapter 6 - The Circulatory System

UNIT III - BLOOD COLLECTION PROCEDURES                                                                   

Chapter 7 - Blood Collection Equipment, additives, and Order of Draw

Chapter 8 - Venipuncture Procedures

Chapter 9 – Preanalytical Considerations

Chapter 10 - Capillary Puncture Equipment and Procedures

UNIT IV - SPECIAL PROCEDURES                                                                                           

Chapter 11 -  Special Collections and Point-of-Care Testing

Chapter 12 - Computers and Specimen Handling and Processing

Chapter 13 - Nonblood Specimens and Tests

Chapter 14 - Arterial Puncture Procedures

Exams & Grading Policy:

Grading Scale: A = 90 ‑ 100%, B = 80‑89%, C = 70‑79%, Unsatisfactory = 69% or less

                        Students must maintain a 75% or better in each section of this course, which includes: attendance, Study Questions, Clinical Rotations, quizzes, and Final exam, in order to complete the course satisfactorily.  

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 14 phlebotomy procedures before they can continue to Part 2.  The minimum 14 must include 10 vacutainer procedures, 2 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.


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.

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.

Students Rights and Responsibilities ‑ Amarillo College students should be familiar with the contents of the Amarillo College Student Rights and Responsibilities pamphlet. Copies of the pamphlet are free, and may be obtained from the Business Office or from the Dean of Students.

It is the student's responsibility to become familiar with the contents of this pamphlet. Scholastic dishonesty is a violation of the rules and regulations list in the pamphlet and is punishable as prescribed by Board Policies.

Disabling Conditions

Any student who, because of a disabling condition, may require some special arrangement in order to meet the course requirements should contact disability Services (SSC 119, Phone 371-5436) as soon as possible.

Grievance Procedure - A student who has a grievance concerning a course in which he or she is enrolled should make an appeal in the following order to the:

  1. Instructor: Kari Lopez (951)-973-2090
  2. Assistant Dean and Director of the program: Kim Boyd– (806) 354-6060 

3.  Department Director:  Kim Crowley - (806) 356 3650

4.  Chief Administrative Officer, Workforce Development: Toni Gray - (806) 371-2905

Tuesday-Thursday 1pm- 3:30



Class Schedule

Exam Schedule

Exam Extra Credit

Week 1


Syllabus and ACconnect and Blackboard


Chapter 1


Ch.2 and Review

Tubes Quiz- matching color and additive

(EC- order of draw)

Exam  Ch 1 & 2

(open Thurs 3:30 pm -Mon Noon)

Through Respondus Lockdown

Ch1: Matching 1-1, 1-2, 1-4, Chapter Review Questions

Ch.2: Matching 2-1, 2-3, 2-4, 2-6, Chapter Review Questions

Week 2


Chapter 3

Tubeslist EC: Veins Diagram

Week 2 Tubeslist Quiz: Color and Additive with Order of Draw

Ch.3: Matching 3-1, 3-2, 3-3, Labeling 3-1, Knowledge Drill 3-6, Chapter Review Questions


Chapter 5

Venipuncture Lab and Study Questions Due

Safety Infection Control Study Questions Due

Ch. 5: Matching 5-1, 5-2, Labeling 5-5, 5-6, Knowledge Drill 5-3, Chapter Review


Chapter 6

Tubeslist EC: Department

Venipuncture Lab Study Questions Due

Exams Ch 3, 5 & 6

(open Thurs 3:30 pm -Tues Noon)

Through Respondus Lockdown

Ch.6: Matching 6-1, 6-2, 6-3, Labeling 6-3, 6-9, Knowledge Drill 6-3, Chapter Review Questions

Week 3


Chapter 7 & 8

Tubeslist EC:at least 1 Test

Week 3 Tubeslist Quiz: Color, Additive, & Department with Veins

Ch. 7: Matching 7-1, 7-2, 7-3, Labeling 7-2, Knowledge Drill 7-3, Chapter Review Questions

Ch. 8: Matching 8-1, 8-2, 8-3, Knowledge Drill 8-4, Skills 8-3, Chapter Review Questions


Chapter 9

Tourniquet Practice

Tubeslist EC: at least 1 Test

Syringe Lab

Butterfly Lab Study Questions Due


Lab Day!!  

Exams Ch. 7 & 8

(open Thurs 3pm -Tues 12 noon)

Through Respondus Lockdown


Chapter 10 & 11

Tubeslist EC: Scenario Questions

Tubeslist Quiz: Color, Additive, Department and Tests

Week 4


Chapter 12

Lab Time

Specimen Processing Lab Study Questions Due


Chapter 13 & 14

Tubeslist EC: Scenario Questions

Exams Ch. 9 & 10

(open Thurs 3pm -Tues 12 noon)

Through Respondus Lockdown

Week 5


Tubeslist Final

(Scenarios with a Few Fill in the Blank Boxes)


Final Written Lab Practical

(Write out steps to a routine venipuncture procedure)

Complete Sticks


Final Exam

(Mostly Ch 11-14 & Previous Material)

Complete Sticks


Part 2 Syllabus and Clinical Scheduling


Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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Expected Student Behavior

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.

Cellular telephones are disruptive during lecture and lab sessions. Cell phones should be turned-off during class time.  If the student anticipates an emergency during class time, they should leave the number for the Student Services Office with their contact. The number is 371-5300.

 Text/Instant Messaging is NOT permitted when lectures and labs are in session.  It is disruptive and disrespectful to fellow students and the course instructor. Students who are caught engaging in either of these will be subject to disciplinary action including, but not limited to:

  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

    The ONLY exception that will be made is if the student has discussed the situation with their instructor beforehand, and ONLY for emergency purposes.

If a student is having a problem with the course policies or the instructor, he or she should first try and resolve any such problems through the instructor. If the problem is not resolved, the student may proceed to the Program Director, the Dean of Health Sciences, Vice President of of Academic Affairs, and the College President, IN THAT ORDER.

Grading Criteria

The course components will be distributed as follows:
Lecture = 90% of the total grade
Chapter exams = 50%of Lecture grade
Tubelist Quizzes = 40% of lecture grade
Lab = 5% of the total grade
Attendance = 5% 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 75% on a quiz or exam they will be required to participate in tutoring.


The grade for this course will be made up of Chapter exams that will be given either in class, in the success center computer lab, or at home using Respondus Monitor.   Along with tubeslist quizzes, labs and lab study questions as well as attendance. 


Regular attendance is necessary for satisfactory achievement. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the student to attend class. 90% attendance is required to successfully complete this course.  Attendance also includes arriving late and leaving early. 90% means you can only miss 1 class day. 


Board Exam will be taken at Pearson Vue,

Pearson Professional Centers-Amarillo TX

1616 S Kentucky
Suite C305
Amarillo, Texas 79102
United States





  • Enter code in box at right hand column below log in, you will receive your code after EVERYONE has met with Kim.
  • Make an account using any ACCESSIBLE email and password. It is nearly impossible to recover the wrong email, your password can be reset though.
  • Take 2 exams per week, show me screen shot, picture, or phone or laptop of homescreen showing your completed exams every week for class time.


Additional Information

Kari Lopez- 

Office hours- by appt, schedule only. Contact Mrs. Lopez for availability.

Syllabus Created on:

01/18/22 5:41 AM

Last Edited on:

06/02/22 3:43 PM