Contra Costa Medical Career College Online continuing education courses for healtcare professionals

Our online Phlebotomy continuing education program is fully approved and accredited by the California Department of Public Health-Laboratory Field Services.

Phlebotomy Technician

Legal and Ethical Issues Related to Blood Collection

Cost of course : $29.99

CEUs earned upon successful completion : 2


This course will cover CLIA and California state laws and regulations as well as legal and ethical issues that arise in the phlebotomy profession. Testing complexity, personnel standards, patient bill of rights, consent, and confidentiality will also be thoroughly covered in this course.

Upon successful completion of this course you will earn 2 continuing education units. You will be able to print your certificate immediately upon completion.

The cost of this CDPH-LFS accredited course is $29.99.


  • Define basic ethical and legal terms and explain how they relate to the health care setting.
  • Describe the CLIA '88 Regulations and describe their impact on laboratories.
  • Discuss the role of JCAHO, CAP, CLSI, AABB, and CDPH in the regulation and accreditation of laboratories.
  • Identify the different types of Lab testing complexity as defined by CLIA.
  • Describe the sanctions or penalties imposed for noncompliance with CLIA regulations.
  • Describe the personnel standards for laboratory testing personnel as defined by CLIA.
  • Identify the different categories of laboratory documentation.
  • Identify common deficiencies found in the phlebotomy area during lab inspections
  • Describe the various types of patient consent.
  • Define how to avoid litigation as it relates to specimen collection in a health care environment
  • Describe CLIA 88’ in perspective to blood collection and transportation responsibilities
  • Describe the “5D’s” in terms of negative patient outcomes
  • Define the different terms used in the medico-legal aspect for phlebotomy.
  • List policies and protocol designed to avoid medico-legal problems.
  • Discuss the major points of the American Hospital Association's Patient's Bill of Rights and Health Insurance Portability Act (HIPPA) and the phlebotomist's responsibility for maintaining confidentiality of privileged information on individuals.
  • Describe when and how to complete Incident reports.
  • Give examples of how phlebotomists could be involved in medical malpractice law suits.
  • List ways to avoid lawsuits.
  • Understand California State Law related to phlebotomy
  • Describe 4 levels of CLIA testing including waived, PPM, and moderate/high complexity

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