Montana State University

Phlebotomy Technician Course - 2013

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Apr 19-May 21, 2013
Cost: $895.00
Instructor(s): Sara Handl

Course Description:

The Phlebotomy Technician Course is designed for people who plan to work for a clinical laboratory, public health department, clinic, or hospital.

The course combines 30 hours of online instruction, 15 hours of face to face instruction and 100 hours of supervised clinical experience through a CLIA regulated accredited laboratory. Students will complete their clinical experience at either Bozeman Deaconess Hospital in Bozeman, MT or Madison Valley Medical Center in Ennis, MT. Lectures include but are not limited to

  • anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system
  • medical terminology pertaining to the circulatory system
  • specimen collection and handling
  • risk factors
  • complications
  • quality assurance and laboratory operations (e.g. safety, quality control, etc)
Practical instruction provides hands-on training in venipuncture technique including the interpersonal skills needed for working with patients. Procedures and skills will be verified through a skills check-off system. The clinical practicum is provided at regional medical affiliates, allowing participants to achieve proficiency in the health-care setting.

Students who successfully complete both classroom instruction and the clinical practicum components of the course will be endorsed by MSU to sit for their Certified Phlebotomist Technician exam through the ASCP (American Society for Clinical Pathology) to become a Certified Phlebotomy Technician. The Phlebotomy Technician Course prepares students to take the Certified Phlebotomy Exam through ASCP; MSU makes no guarantees that students will pass the exam. MSU will not endorse students for the ASCP Certification Exam unless students have met all requirements and passed both portions the course.

Application and Interview: Only accepted students may register for the course. Please fill out the Application for the Phlebotomy Technician Course (PDF) and return it by Wednesday, March 27, 2013, . Applicants will also be interviewed.


Wed., March 27 Applications Due
Tues., April 2 Interview Time Notification Emailed
Sat., April 6 Face-to-Face Interviews at MSU, Linfield 109A
Tues., April 9 Acceptance Emails to be sent
Wed., April 10 Registration Opens
Thurs., April 11 Registration Closes

(Please note: The full NON-REFUNDABLE payment is due at the time of registration. Registration for practicum dates will be on a first come, first serve basis. Students who have not registered and paid by April 11, 2013 may be required to give up their spot in the course.)

Meeting Place and Times:

Lecture/Lab (45 hrs.)
Online: April 19 - May 21, 2013

Face to Face Lab, MSU Bozeman Campus, Lewis Hall 201
Lab 1: Sat., April 27, 2013; Noon - 5 pm
Lab 2: Sat., May 11, 2013; Noon - 5 pm
Lab 3: Sat., May 18, 2013; Noon - 5 pm

Practicum - Bozeman Deaconess Hospital, Bozeman, MT
Two students per practicum will be accepted
(Monday - Friday - daytime, specific time may vary)
Practicum One: Wednesday, May 22 - Monday, June 10 (skip May 27)
Practicum Two: Thursday, June 6 - Monday, June 24
Practicum Three: Thursday, June 20 - Tuesday, July 9 (skip July 4)
Practicum Four: Monday, July 9 - Wednesday, July 24
Practicum Five: Monday, July 22 - Wednesday, August 7
Practicum Six: Monday, August 5 - Wednesday, August 21

Practicum - Madison Valley Center, Ennis, MT
One student will be accepted
(Monday - Friday - daytime, specific time may vary)
Practicum Seven: Monday, July 9 - Wednesday, July 24


Sara Handl.
Sara Handl has worked as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist for the past 26 years and has also taught high school and college science and math courses. Currently she works part-time as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist at Family Practice Associates and teaches mathematics for the MSU-Bozeman.


Students must have a high school diploma or equivalent before starting the course. Students may need to provide proof of certain immunizations.



Includes student malpractice insurance & classroom supplies.
Excludes textbooks and ASCP $125 exam fee

Students completing their phlebotomy practicum at Madison Valley Medical Center in Ennis must be in the process of receiving their hepatitis B vaccine before starting their practicum (have had at least one shot out of the series of 3). $150/Gallatin County Health Dept., $90/MSU Student Health Service (must be a current MSU student taking at least 7 credits).

All students will be required to complete a TB test at their respective practicum locations. The cost is $18 for students completing their practicum at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital in Bozeman. The test will be provided at no cost by Madison Valley Medical Center for students completing their practicum in Ennis.

Required Books/Materials:

  • McCall: Textbook and Exam Review Package
    Author(s): Ruth E McCall, MT (ASCP)
    ISBN: 9781451144345
    Price: Approximately $130.00
    Edition: North American
    Misc. Info: These books will be available to purchase at the MSU Bookstore in Bozeman by April 10

Computer Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.

For More Information:

Course Information: Contact Sara Handl at

Registration Questions:
Please print and submit application to Extended University by Wednesday, March 27, 2013.
Other questions, please contact Extended University, Office of Continuing Education, 406-994-6683, toll free 1-866-540-5660, or

The Phlebotomy Technician Course is sponsored by Bozeman Deaconess Hospital and Madison Valley Medical Center.

How to Register:

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