CUMBERLAND — Allegany College of Maryland will offer a phlebotomy/laboratory assistant certificate program through its Medical Laboratory Technology Department in the fall semester.

The one-year, 31 credit hours program provides students with a well-rounded understanding of the laboratory’s role in patient care and prepares them for real-world health care settings. Students will learn basic medical coding, basic laboratory procedures, essential health care professional skills, health record keeping and medical terminology skills. The program requires 100 hours of clinical training and 100 successful draws.

Upon completion of coursework, students will be eligible to take the national certification test offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology and receive their phlebotomy technician certification. The new program will seek approval from the National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science.

Phlebotomy/lab assistants work in tandem with lab technicians in a variety of health care settings, including clinics, hospitals/medical centers, physicians’ offices or urgent care centers.

The ACM program is designated as a Health Manpower Shortage Program by the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Call 301-784-5557 or email ehelmstetter@allegany.edu for additional program information. Stacey Rohrbaugh, program director, may be reached at 301-784-5547.

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