Associate in Applied Science Degree
Phlebotomy Technician Certificate
Certificate within the Associate in Applied Science Medical Assisting Program
The Phlebotomy Technician Certificate is part of the Medical Assisting Program, Associate Degree. As a Phlebotomy Technician, you could work at a hospital, diagnostic laboratory and blood donor center, or private medical offices.
Program Learning Outcomes
• Verify patient/donor identity
• Perform blood collection
• Collect, store, and process blood, urine, and other specimens for laboratory testing
• Perform CLIA-waived laboratory tests
• Develop a confident and professional image to meet the changing needs of healthcare
Central Penn prepares students for the NHA Certification Examination
Central Penn College prepares students to take their Phlebotomy Technician Certification (CPT) through the NHA (National Healthcare Association). Each NHA certification exam is designed to evaluate the knowledge and skills associated with the performance of
tasks required for entry-level practice. Candidates who are successful in challenging the certification examination will be awarded credentials indicating their certification status. The cost for the Phlebotomy Technician Certification (CPT) is $115.00.
Applicants for the Phlebotomy Technician program must have a minimum GPA of a 2.20 from the last school attended to be considered for acceptance. In addition applicants must have successfully completed two sciences (C or higher) and one math course (C or higher) in high school or college. GED scores will be accepted. Applicants are required to submit two reference forms. Reference forms can be attained through the admissions office. If the student does not meet this criteria they are able to file an appeal for acceptance to the Program Director.
PhlebotomyTechnician Required Courses – 18 credits*
ALH108 Medical Terminology and Pharmacology ALH112 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology I ALH122 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology II ALH145 Allied Health Procedures
ALH310 Medical Laboratory ALH255 Medical Law and Ethics
*Phlebotomy core courses must be taken at Central Penn College. There will be no transfer credits accepted for Phlebotomy core courses.
Medical Assisting Program Mission
The Medical Assisting Program is dedicated to preparing competent, entry-level paraprofessionals to serve healthcare needs by engaging students in current scholarly and hands-on education.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate entry-level skills in all cognitive objectives and in all psychomotor and affective competencies as specified in the current core curriculum of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board.
- Effectively communicate with all members of the healthcare team, the patients, and their families using written, verbal, and nonverbal skills.
- Treat patients with respect, dignity, and understanding in sensitivity of disability, culture, or socioeconomic status.
- Be proficient in the use of technology applied in the healthcare settings.
- Apply research, critical thinking and problem-based learning skills to resolve healthcare issues.
- Develop a confident and ethical professional image to meet the constant challenges and changing needs of the classroom, the profession, and the community. The Associate in Applied Science degree program in Medical Assisting provides graduates with the clinical and administrative skills necessary to be a successful allied health care professional. Medical assistants work primarily in physicians’ offices and medical clinics. Students in this allied health program will learn how to prepare patients for various examinations, assist physicians with minor office surgeries, draw blood, perform tests and treatments, administer injections and medications, and maintain medical records.
The Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam is required as part of the Medical Assistant Internship. At Central Penn, those matriculated in the Medical Assisting program may sit for the Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) exam.
The Medical Assisting Program, Associate Degree, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB; www. maerb.org).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Applicants for the Medical Assisting program must have a minimum GPA of a 2.20 from the last school attended to be considered for acceptance. In addition applicants must have successfully completed two sciences (C or higher) and one math course (C or higher) in high school or college. GED scores will be accepted. Applicants are required to submit two reference forms. Reference forms can be attained through the admissions office. If the student does not meet this criteria they are able to file an appeal for acceptance to the Program Director.
General Education Requirements
Humanities – 9 credits
Students must fulfill 9 credits within the humanities. These requirements are comprised of ENG101 and ENG102 (required) and 3 additional credits taken at the 200 level or higher.
Students may choose from courses labeled ART, ENG, HUM, GEO, LNG, or PHI, as well as from the list below:
ALH255 Medical Law and Ethics
COM200 Technical Writing
COM215 Communications Ethics GEO100 Cultural Geography
IDS210 Global Humanitarian Studies
Math and Science – 6 credits
Students must fulfill 6 credits within math and science. These requirements are comprised of 3 credits in math and 3 credits in science. Students may choose from courses labeled BIO, MTH, or SCI.
Social and Behavioral Science – 6 credits
Students must fulfill 6 credits within the social and behavioral sciences. These
requirements include IDS101 CPC Foundations and 3 additional credits.
Students may choose from courses labeled HIS, POL, PSY, or SOC, as well as, from the list below:
BUS235 Consumer Behavior
HUM105 Cultural Anthropology
IDS200 Consumer Protection
IDS210 Global Humanitarian Studies
LGS180 Historical Perspectives of the Constitution LGS190 Family Law
Open Electives – 3 credits
Students must take 3 additional credits. Any course not fulfilling another degree requirement may be used.
In addition to the 24 credits of general education and elective requirements, students are required to take a core group of courses associated with their major to total 61 credits. To be eligible for internship, the student must have on file documented proof of liability insurance. The MAERB requires Medical Assisting internships to be unpaid.
Medical Assisting Core Courses – 37 credits
- ALH108 Medical Terminology and Pharmacology ALH112 Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology I ALH115 Medical Insurance
- ALH122 Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology II ALH145 Allied Health Procedures
- ALH180 Medical Administrative Procedures ALH208 Clinical Procedures
- ALH210 Clinical Techniques
- ALH230 Diseases and Diagnostic Methods ALH299 Medical Assisting Internship ALH310 Medical Laboratory
ALH350 Medical Seminar STS300 Job Pursuit Seminar
Progression in the Medical Assisting Program
All (100%) of the competencies must be passed with an 80% or higher to successfully complete all core courses and progress in the program. Failure of any competency results in unsuccessful completion of the course with the highest grade earned being a “C-.”