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Kirtland Offers Phlebotomy Training, Expands Health Sciences Offerings

Kirtland Community College is offering a 15-week, six credit hour Phlebotomy Technician training course beginning in the Winter 2014 semester.  The hybrid course prepares students to take the American Medical Technologists (AMT) certification exam and the course costs include tuition, fees and course book.

Kirtland expands Health Sciences programs with new Phlebotomy Technician Certification Program

Kirtland expands Health Sciences programs with new Phlebotomy Technician Certification Program

The Phlebotomy Technician training is offered as a hybrid course and includes 11 weeks of online instruction, two on-campus laboratories on the Roscommon campus, three weeks of clinical experience and one week of certification exam preparation.  To enroll, students must have a minimum of a high school diploma or G.E.D. and are required to have a criminal background check and necessary immunizations prior to the start of the course.  These items are not included in the cost of the training.

Certified Phlebotomy Technician Jeff Lavender is the instructor and brings extensive experience to the program.  Lavender served in the U.S. Army for 29 years with training as a laboratory technician, including phlebotomy, with clinical experience performing phlebotomy in various clinical settings, labs and blood donor centers.  In addition, Lavender has been certified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and The American Medical Technologists (AMT) since 1989.  His instructional experience includes five years teaching the Army’s medical laboratory course, various leadership programs for the U.S. Army, instructing Immunology at SVSU, and many years as an in-demand speaker at various laboratory professional continuing education programs.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Arts, and a Master of Business Administration degree in General Management.

A Phlebotomy Technician (Phlebotomist) is an integral member of the medical laboratory team whose primary function is the collection of blood samples from patients. The technician facilitates the collection and transportation of laboratory specimens, and is often the patient’s only contact with the medical laboratory. The need to assure quality and patient safety mandates strict professional behavior and standards of practice for Phlebotomists.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a Phlebotomy Technician can expect a starting salary between $13 – $16 an hour depending on the type of clinical setting in which you are employed.

Annually, more than 3,000 students attend a variety of occupational, skilled trades, two-year and transfer degree programs at Kirtland’s locations near Roscommon, Kirtland-Gaylord, Kirtland-West Branch and in Tawas.  Kirtland also offers a wide range of online courses and degrees, all of which can be completed from home.

To learn more about the programs, advising, testing, financial aid and other services available to students, contact 989-275-5000, extension 284 or visit online at