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

Recognition of Problems with Test Requisitions, Specimen Transport and Processing, and Corrective Actions to take for problems with Test Requisitions, Specimen Transport and Processing

Cost of course : $29.99

CEUs earned upon successful completion : 2


This course will cover problems associated with test requisitions, specimen transport and specimen processing. The focus of this course will be placed on corrective actions the phlebotomist must take to rectify any problems or complications that may occur during this phase of testing.

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.


  • Name three methods commonly used to transport specimens
  • Name areas of departments that usually receive laboratory reports
  • Describe the special precautions that should be taken and the techniques that should be used when various types of specimens must be transported to the clinical laboratory
  • Describe the process steps in documentation of a problem and corrective actions taken to fix the problem.
  • Describe essential elements of requisition and report forms according to the law, list essential information for test requisitions
  • Describe the test request process, identify the types of requisitions, personnel responsible and permitted to order tests and list the information required on a requisition.
  • List the different types of test collection and testing priorities as it relates to patient status and organize a work load according to these priorities.
  • List the items required on specimen collection containers and requisitions.
  • Describe the phlebotomist's role in collecting and/or transporting specimens to the laboratory.
  • Describe the potential clerical and technical errors that may occur during specimen processing.
  • Describe what the terms “fasting” and “STAT” mean when referring to blood tests.
  • State the requirements for fasting specimens and name three tests that require fasting specimens.
  • Explain the procedure for a 2 hour postprandial glucose test and glucose tolerance tests.
  • Describe how to verify fasting and other patient status requirements, and what to do when these requirements have not been met.
  • List common tests that must be chilled immediately after collection.
  • List common tests that are affected by exposure to light.
  • Describe the special precautions needed to collect blood in therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) procedures
  • List the different reasons for performing Toxicology tests and differentiate between trough and peak drug levels.
  • Discuss safety rules for specimen processing and the safe operation of a centrifuge.
  • Discuss DOT regulations for the transport of blood and blood containing body fluids.

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