I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 12.0
Credit Value: 0.0
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Winter 2021
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Office Administration -Medical
Program Coordinator(s): Radica Bissoondial
Course Leader or Contact: N/A
Version: 20210118_00
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: Access to course materials and assignments will be available on Sheridan's Learning and Teaching Environment (SLATE). Students will need reliable access to a computer and the internet.

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
This introductory course is designed to assist health care personnel develop skills needed to draw blood samples for laboratory testing. Students explore blood chemistry and hematology and the appropriate equipment required for phlebotomy. In this course, students identify potential complications with the procedure and solutions to remedy such complications. They learn how to record and report all pertinent information. Students demonstrate and practice aseptic techniques while performing phlebotomy on mannequin arms using various needles. Students learn through a combination of theory and practical lab experience.

Program Context

Office Administration -Medical Program Coordinator(s): Radica Bissoondial
This is a non-credit course suitable for students who work in, or aspire to work in, the area of Medical and Health Services who want to develop phlebotomy skills.

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the skills needed to draw blood samples for laboratory testing.
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Describe the basic anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system as it relates to phlebotomy.
  2. Demonstrate the appropriate skills and techniques to faciliate asepsis and prevent infection in venipuncture.
  3. Assemble the appropriate supplies required for blood removal.
  4. Explain the 'no blood-spill' technique of venipuncture on adults.
  5. Demonstrate appropriate handling and disposal of sharps and prevention of needle stick injuries.
  6. Demonstrate the skill of venipuncture.
  7. Summarize the potential complications of phlebotomy techniques and identify appropriate strategies for prevention and management.
  8. Identify the various categories of blood tests with an understanding of normal and abnormal blood results.
  9. Identify the tubes required for different laboratory tests.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: IN-CLASS
 Written Exam50.0%
 Practical Exam50.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
Note: Students must achieve a satisfactory on the Practical Exam, and a minimum of 60% on the Written Exam to receive a passing grade for this course.

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Colleges and Universities requirements:


Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar

  • Not Eligible for PLAR

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Instruction Mode: In-Class
Professor: Multiple Professors
Resource(s): N/A
Applicable student group(s): Students currently working or wanting to work in health care services and who want to acquire phlebotomy skills
Course Details:

Module 1 Introduction

  • Orientation
  • History and Objectives of Phlebotomy
  • Anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system

Module 2 Blood tests

  • Laboratory documentation
  • Usage of different tubes
  • Most common blood tests

Module 3 Venipuncture Technique

  • Aseptic Technique
  • Vein Selection
  • Venipuncture techniques and procedure

Module 4 Complications and other considerations

  • Techniques to deal with complications
  • Causes of Hematomas
  • Labeling 

Module 5 Practice and Evaluation

  • Skill practice
  • Written test (50%)
  • Practical test (50%)

Sheridan Policies

All Sheridan policies can be viewed on the Sheridan policy website.

Academic Integrity: The principle of academic integrity requires that all work submitted for evaluation and course credit be the original, unassisted work of the student. Cheating or plagiarism including borrowing, copying, purchasing or collaborating on work, except for group projects arranged and approved by the professor, or otherwise submitting work that is not the student's own, violates this principle and will not be tolerated. Students who have any questions regarding whether or not specific circumstances involve a breach of academic integrity are advised to review the Academic Integrity Policy and procedure and/or discuss them with the professor.

Copyright: A majority of the course lectures and materials provided in class and posted in SLATE are protected by copyright. Use of these materials must comply with the Acceptable Use Policy, Use of Copyright Protected Work Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Students may use, copy and share these materials for learning and/or research purposes provided that the use complies with fair dealing or an exception in the Copyright Act. Permission from the rights holder would be necessary otherwise. Please note that it is prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote. It is also prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own or your own work with the intent to assist others in cheating on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote.

Intellectual Property: Sheridan's Intellectual Property Policy generally applies such that students own their own work. Please be advised that students working with external research and/or industry collaborators may be asked to sign agreements that waive or modify their IP rights. Please refer to Sheridan's IP Policy and Procedure.

Respectful Behaviour: Sheridan is committed to provide a learning environment that supports academic achievement by respecting the dignity, self-esteem and fair treatment of every person engaged in the learning process. Behaviour which is inconsistent with this principle will not be tolerated. Details of Sheridan's policy on Harassment and Discrimination, Academic Integrity and other academic policies are available on the Sheridan policy website.

Accessible Learning: Accessible Learning coordinates academic accommodations for students with disabilities. For more information or to register, please see the Accessible Learning website (Statement added September 2016)

Course Outline Changes: The information contained in this Course Outline including but not limited to faculty and program information and course description is subject to change without notice. Any changes to course curriculum and/or assessment shall adhere to approved Sheridan protocol. Nothing in this Course Outline should be viewed as a representation, offer and/or warranty. Students are responsible for reading the Important Notice and Disclaimer which applies to Programs and Courses.

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