I. Course Prefix/Number: MLT 204
Course Name: Phlebotomy Practicum
Credits: 2 (0 lecture; 8 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
Course consists of 120 contact hours (15 eight-hour days) of supervised practice in phlebotomy at assigned clinical affiliation site. Practicum provides opportunity to observe and gain proficiency in skin punctures, venipuncture and special collection techniques.
IV. Learning Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
- Correctly identify the patient, using the current facility system, with 100% accuracy.
- Follow all established hospital policies at all times.
- Recognize and follow infection control procedures.
- Interact with patients and staff members in a professional manner at all times.
- Successfully complete a minimum of 150 venipunctures.
- Correctly handle and deliver specimens to specified areas of the clinical laboratory.
- Successfully complete special collection procedures including bleeding time, glucose tolerance, and blood cultures.
- Properly use mandated safety procedures at all times.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
As determined by the clinical site.
VII. Methods of Instruction
Student observation of procedures performed at the facility, followed by the student’s performance of the same procedures. The clinical instructor will explain site policies, principles, techniques and reporting methods to the student and thus supervise the student’s practical performance.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
- Minimum of 120 contact hours.
- Minimum of 150 successful venipunctures.
- Documentation of successful venipunctures, skin punctures and special collection procedures.
- Completion of attendance report form.
- Completion of assigned journal.
- Completion of clinical site evaluation form.
- Completion attendance report forms.
- Student must schedule and attend an exit interview.
- Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
IX. Instructional Materials
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
The student will be evaluated in the practicum on the Clinical Performance Evaluation Form by the clinical instructor. The grades and overall evaluation will be discussed with the student at the end of her/his rotation.
XI. Other Course Information
- Students must notify the clinical instructor if they will be late or absent. All hours missed must be made up.
- Failure to comply with established laboratory waste disposal policies will result in loss of points.
- College policies regarding Academic Dishonesty, Student Procedure for Appeal of a Final Grade, and Code of Student Conduct, are described in the college catalog.
- If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
- Oakton Community College recognizes the broad diversity of religious beliefs of its constituencies. The college has embraced a practice of shared responsibility in the event a religious observance interferes with class work or assignments. Students who inform instructors in advance of an intended absence for a major religious observance will not be penalized. The instructor will make reasonable accommodation for students, which may include providing a make-up test, altering assignment dates, permitting a student to attend another section of the same course for a class period or similar remedies. Instructors are not responsible for teaching material again. Instructors should inform students of this practice at the beginning of the semester so that arrangements can be made accordingly.
- Health Status Change Policy Statement – Any change in health status of currently enrolled students, resulting in the inability to meet the course/program objectives and standards as outlined in the Essential Skills requirement policy will require documentation and medical approval for the student to return to clinical, theory, and lab-which require lifting without restrictions.
- Any change in health status must be reported to the Chair of the department. Examples may include but are not limited to, back injury, pregnancy, infection such as shingles, fractures, etc.
- Students must provide documentation of care by an Illinois licensed physician or an Illinois certified nurse practitioner and submit a medical release without restrictions before returning to clinical/class.
- Releases from physicians or nurse practitioners must state that the student “can return to the laboratory and clinical facility without any work restrictions.”
A change in health status must be reported to the Chair of the department. Failure to submit a medical release or information regarding a change in health status within 30 days is grounds for immediate dismissal from a Health Career Program.
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.
Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.
For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.
Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.