Phlebotomy Technician Program
The Phlebotomist is a vital member of the
clinical laboratory team, whose main function is
to obtain patient's blood specimens by
venipuncture and microcollection. The field of
Phlebotomy has greatly expanded in the past
several years, and the role of this integral
member of the health care team has recently
been brought into much sharper focus.
Phlebotomy Technician – Employment
Phlebotomist’s draw blood from patients for
testing purposes. They usually work under the
supervision of medical technologists or
laboratory managers. Phlebotomists are
employed throughout the health care system -
hospitals, neighborhood health centers, medical
group practices, HMO's, public health facilities,
veteran hospitals, insurance carriers and in other
health care settings. The demand for Phlebotomy
Technicians has increased substantially with the
overall complexity of health care services and
the risks of infectious disease.
People interested in becoming Phlebotomists should have
a high school diploma or GED equivalent.
Phlebotomy Technician Program
The 90 hour Phlebotomy Technician Program
prepares professionals to collect blood specimens
from clients for the purpose of laboratory
analysis. Students will become familiar with all
aspects related to blood collection and develop
comprehensive skills to perform venipunctures
completely and safely. Classroom work includes
terminology, anatomy and physiology; blood
collection procedures; specimen hands-on
practice; and clinical training in skills and
techniques to perform puncture methods. The
program also includes lab exercises, live blood
draws, work with a training arm and other
exercises intended to prepare students to function
as an entry level Phlebotomy Technician.
Phlebotomy Technician Detailed Course
- anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system
- medical terminology and laboratory theory
- laboratory law, ethics and regulatory issues
- specimen documentation and transportation
- non blood specimen collection
- pediatric & geriatric blood collection
- quality, competency and performance assessment
- phlebotomy theory / simulated lab
- arterial, intravenous (IV) & special collections procedures
- specimen collection, processing and handling
- laboratory operations (e.g. safety, quality control)
- cells, lab safety, anatomy of the arm, using a tourniquet
- blood collection systems, review of medical asepsis and hand washing
- blood and blood composition, blood tubes, coagulation, venipuncture protocols, working with a training arm
- anatomy of hand, leg & foot – arteries and veins
- heel puncture, protocol, practice, syringe draws
- blood banks and blood typing, lab departments and personnel
- universal precautions – safety protocols, infection control
- respiratory, pneumonia & TB isolation protocol, live venipuntcures & skin punctures, syringe practice
- CBC/DIFF, hematological lab tests, disease and disorders, order of draw
- training arm practice and other clinical lab exercises
Course Contact Hours - 90 hrs.
February 4 - April 15, 2014
6:00pm - 9:30pm, Tuesday and Thursday
9:00am - 3:00pm, select Saturdays (2/15, 3/8, and 3/29)
Complete Schedule (pdf)
Introduction to Marbling
Perhaps you've been lucky enough to see examples of traditional marbling inside the covers of antique books - intricate patterns in beautiful colors; and all hand made one-of-a-kind original decorated papers.
Now you can learn the basics of this centuries-old craft. Use the same types of tools in the same manner as traditional artisans and take home half a dozen marbled papers, plus a marbled silk handkerchief. Join Sault Ste. Marie marbling artist Heidi Finley as she demonstrates and walks you through the process in this 3-hour Saturday workshop. All tools and materials are all included, and you'll walk away with inside knowledge about this mysterious and fascinating craft.
October 26, 2013
Pharmacy Technician Program
Pharmacy Technicians work in pharmacies under the direction of a pharmacist. Their main responsibility is filling prescriptions according to doctors' orders.
Pharmacy Technicians prepare medications for dispensing to patients. This generally includes retrieving drugs in the correct dosage form and strength, measuring the appropriate amount of drug and producing a prescription label. Pharmacy Technicians work with drugs to be administered orally, topically, for the eye, nose, etc. Depending upon the practice setting, a Pharmacy Technician is also involved in the admixture of drugs for intravenous use. Other duties include:
- checking inventories and ordering supplies
- receiving and checking in supplies
- assisting customers
- keeping pharmacy work areas clean complete insurance forms
- preparation of “bingo cards” for nursing home patients
Pharmacy Technicians – Employment & Education
Pharmacy Technicians may work in retail pharmacies, mail order pharmacies, home infusion pharmacies, long term care facilities, hospitals, clinics, pharmacy benefit managers and large industrial complexes. The demand for Pharmacy Technicians continues to grow with demand expected to increase substantially through 2014. This high demand is the result of the constant availability of new drugs, the national shortage of registered pharmacists, the establishment of certified pharmacy technicians and the aging population.
Students should have taken math and science in high school. A high school diploma or GED is required to sit for the PTCB exam.
Pharmacy Technician Certification Program
This comprehensive 50 hour course will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam. Technicians work in hospitals, home infusion pharmacies, community pharmacies and other health care settings – working under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. Course content includes medical terminology specific to the pharmacy, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names. Students will learn dosage calculations, I.V. flow rates, drug compounding, dose conversions, dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control and billing and reimbursement.
PTCB Detailed Course Information
- role of the pharmacy technician
- pharmacy history/discussion of various practice settings and the technician certification process
- recruiting by pharmacy specialty
- “Evolution of Pharmacy”
- review of hospital pharmacy setting, retail practice, regulatory agencies involved with a pharmacy practice, long term care practice setting, mail order pharmacy, home care pharmacy practice
- pharmacy measures, roman numerals, abbreviations
- review of generic drugs, basic biopharmaceuticals, dosage forms, patient profiles
- prescription label requirements, order transcription, ordering and inventory control, drug pricing, third party reimbursement
- formularies, unit dose systems, emergency and crash carts, house supplies, automatic stop orders, calculating number of doses required
- all major classes of drugs including top brand names and generic drugs
- aseptic technique, handling of sterile products including antineoplastic agent considerations
- basics of IV solutions, calculating 24 hour supply of IV solutions, percentages and electrolytes preparations
- the metric system
- apothecaries’ and avoirdupois systems of measurement
- children’s doses
- allegation method, math review
- Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN), demonstration of TPN admixture, hands-on practice of IV admixture and parenteral medication preparation
Course Contact Hours - 50 hrs.
Offered in 2014
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Here is a partial list of the Middle & High School camps we offer!
- Biomedical Science
- Fire Science
- Fish Science
- Forensic Science
- Health Care Explorations
- Outdoor Adventures
- Sports (Basketball/Cross Country/Hockey)
Summer Camp Cancellation Policy
Lake Superior State University and Superior Edventures Summer Camps reserves the right to terminate the stay of any student, without refund, when it is deemed to be in the best interest of either the student or the program.
Full refunds will be issued for any camp cancelled by LSSU because of low enrollment. Refunds will be issued minus the $125 non-refundable deposit for any camp cancelled by a participant two weeks prior to the camp start date the participant is enrolled in.