College Q&A: Victoria College offers phlebotomy courses

By Katy Long
May 5, 2012 at 12:05 a.m.

I enjoyed watching the blood drawing demonstration at VC's Information Night last month. Is it easy to get a job drawing blood? How much income do they make?

According to the Texas Workforce Commission's Labor Market and Career Information Department, projections for health technologists and technicians, such as a phlebotomist, is expected to grow 13 percent over the next six years. Phlebotomists in this area make between $20,497 and $38,431 per year.

VC offers a phlebotomy course that will help you get started in a career as a phlebotomist. As you know, phlebotomists work in clinics, labs and hospitals drawing blood specimens for lab tests. VC's course will prepare you to work in any blood collection-related career which could also include a blood bank.

Throughout the seven-week course, you will learn the proper techniques and universal precautions associated with drawing blood and preparing samples for testing. Use of vacuum collection devices and specimen collection from both adults and children is covered, along with infection prevention, specimen labeling and much more.

In addition to your classroom and laboratory instruction, this course also includes a clinical requirement. Clinical education gives you the opportunity to learn in a real-world setting, gain hands-on experience and build connections with area employers.

The next phlebotomy class offered on VC's main campus in Victoria begins Thursday, June 14. If you are interested in registering for that class, you will need to attend a mandatory registration and orientation session on Thursday, June 7 at 6 p.m. in the VC Health Sciences Center, Room 221. Classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. in the VC Health Sciences Center.

If you live in Gonzales and would rather take the course at the VC Gonzales Center, there is a phlebotomy course beginning there on Wednesday, July 18. The mandatory registration and information session for that class will be on Wednesday, July 11 at 6 p.m. at the VC Gonzales Center. Classes in Gonzales are held every Monday and Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m.

If you live in Port Lavaca, a phlebotomy class is set to be offered in the fall 2012 semester.

For more information about VC's phlebotomy class or any of our Workforce and Continuing Education Health Careers, please visit the VC website and click on Workforce Training and then Healthcare Professions.

There, you will find a link to the Healthcare Professions Continuing Education Schedule.



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