Phlebotomists work directly with other health-care providers and patients, and in laboratory settings. You will collect blood from patients, manage and handle specimens, and perform its associated data entry. It's a job that requires good people and communication skills, attention to detail, a professional yet caring attitude, and a commitment to teamwork and excellence.
Phlebotomists are becoming more and more in demand in many areas. Jobs are available in hospitals, community clinics and medical offices.
Phlebotomy is a 22-week applied certificate program offered by distance education through Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Saskatoon Campus. Labs and clinical experiences are a large part of the program, so expect hands-on training in:
- professional practices;
- infection control and safety;
- specimen collection and handling; and
- basic specimen processing
Students will experience a mix of web-assisted learning, home study, and practical and clinical labs. The theory components of your program are delivered by online distance learning which enables you to learn and study from home. You will be required to attend on- campus laboratories in Saskatoon on designated days (students will be notified of dates in advance). The clinical experience can be offered at various designated sites around the province.
For this program, there is a heavy workload with 15-20 hours per week of homework. Clinical experience hours coincide with health-care hours, and start as early as 7 a.m.
Theory courses: online distance learning which enables you to learn and study from home
Practical labs: Saskatoon (designated lab dates may occur during the week or on the weekend)
Clinical Practicum Experiences
Clinical practicum placements (Monday to Friday) may occur at any approved site in Saskatchewan.
- PRAC 110: Ten days of practicum (2 consecutive weeks) at various sites around Saskatchewan
Put Your Learning to Work
You'll participate in a two-week clinical experience, scheduled consecutively and occurring within eight weeks of your last theory course. Your clinical experience may take place at various sites around the province.
Ladder into a Saskatchewan Polytechnic Diploma or Applied Certificate
You can transfer several Phlebotomy courses into Saskatchewan Polytechnic School of Health Sciences diploma programs, including: