Acceptance into the phlebotomy program has the following additional requirements:
- Preregistration/Orientation meeting:
When the admissions department notifies you that you are eligible to begin the program, you will receive notification to attend a meeting. You must attend the mandatory orientation session at Wake Tech, about two months prior to the first day of class.
- Health Form:
Clinical sites require students have a current health record. The Wake Tech form requires a physical and immunization records that will be explained at the orientation meeting. You may need to obtain additional vaccinations or other medical tests as well as the physical.
- Criminal Background Check and Urine Drug Screen:
Clinical sites also require a criminal background check and urine drug screen. This process is explained at the orientation meeting. Wake Tech has arranged with an agency to conduct this search and perform the urine test.
During the first 8 weeks of the semester, students attend classes on the Perry Health Sciences Campus of Wake Tech and complete PBT 100 and PSY 118.
PBT 100: Each week there are 10 hours of lecture and 4 hours of lab. Typically, lectures are 2 hours each morning with each student in lab 2 days for 2 hours at a time. Successful completion of this class requires that students study daily as tests and quizzes are given regularly, with a final exam at the end of the 8 weeks.
PSY 118: Interpersonal Psychology is taught 6 hours each week, usually in the afternoon hours. Students who have previously completed a PSY course may be eligible to receive transfer credit.
If a student makes a "C" or better in PBT 100 and PSY 118, they are permitted to advance to PBT 101, the clinical rotation. PBT 101 is taught during the second 8 weeks of the semester.
PBT 101: The faculty assigns each student to a site for their clinical experience. Often a student may go to more than one location. Not all students go to the same clinical sites, but the experience is standardized so the students have comparable experiences. Students attend clinical for an average of 18-19 hours a week for a total of 132 hours during the 8-wk period. During this time the student must successfully complete 100 successful venipunctures. They will also be evaluated on their work behaviors such as professionalism, initiative, and punctuality. There are 4 Friday morning seminars during the 8 weeks when students return to the campus to discuss their clinical experiences and prepare for certification exams and employment interviews.
At the end of the semester, there is a certificate ceremony in which students who have successfully completed the program receive certificates from Wake Tech. At this point, graduates are eligible to take certification exams given by a number of different agencies, including the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).