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Essential Functions

Note: Phlebotomy students are expected to complete an "essential functions self-assessment." When necessary, consultation from a qualified expert may be necessary in the assessment of a student's possible inability to meet the following essential functions.

Phlebotomy students must have:

  1. Normal, compensated, or corrected vision
    • sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in the operation of equipment and care of patients.
    • to participate actively in all demonstrations, laboratory exercises, classroom activities and clinical experiences in the various program.
    • to independently perform microscopic work; read charts, graphs, manuals, and instruments; and, make color comparisons and interpretations.

  2. Normal, compensated, or corrected hearing
    • sufficient to monitor and assess patient needs.
    • to independently communicate with patients, colleagues, and other health care practitioners.

  3. Sufficient and appropriate eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity to independently and safely perform phlebotomy techniques.
    • Have full range of motion of joints, ability to perform repetitive tasks and the ability to walk, stoop, bend, twist, reach, and occasionally kneel and squat.
    • Have fine motor abilities to use electronic keyboards to input and transmit data.
    • Have the ability to lift and move up to 50 pounds of weight daily.

  4. Physical stamina to work long periods of time (4-8 hours) at tasks that demand bending, stooping, standing, and sitting.
    • Move freely and safely about the laboratory and the clinical setting.
    • Perform moderately taxing continuous physical activity.
    • Reach laboratory counters, shelves, patients lying in hospital beds or patients seated in blood collection furniture.

  5. Mental, psychological, and emotional health to independently perform with speed and accuracy in potentially and occasionally stressful situations. Individuals should give careful consideration to the mental and physical demands of the program prior to making application.
    • Demonstrate rational and appropriate behavior.
    • Tolerate taxing workloads, function effectively under stress, adapt to changing environments, display flexibility and learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent to the clinical problems of many patients.
    • Recognize own stress level and communicate need for assistance appropriately.
    • Perform multiple tasks and establish priorities.
    • Calmly react to urgent situations.
    • Exercise good judgment in addition to the development of mature and sensitive relationships with patients.
    • Demonstrate compassion, integrity, concern for others, interest and motivation are personal qualities which each applicant should possess.