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

Skin Puncture Procedures

Cost of course : $29.99

CEUs earned upon successful completion : 2


This course will cover skin puncture procedure techniques, how to work with laboratory specimens in a safe way and how to care for the post puncture site. This course ensures the phlebotomists competency as required by CLIA which ensures a quality patient outcome.

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.



  • Describe reasons for performing a skin puncture procedure
  • List the indications / advantages for performing Skin Punctures in pediatric and adult populations
  • Describe and explain the decontamination process and the agents used to decontaminate skin for routine blood tests
  • Describe the various features needed on skin puncture lancets and micro collection devices.
  • Discuss the types of equipment and supplies that must be used during micro-collection of infants and children
  • Describe the correct order of steps in the performance of a Skin Puncture.
  • Describe the proper lancet insertion depth for Skin Puncture and explain why controlling the depth of the puncture is necessary
  • Describe fears or concerns that children in different development stages might have toward the blood collection process
  • Identify puncture sites for a heel stick on an infant and describe the procedure
  • Explain why blood from a skin puncture procedure is different from blood taken by venipuncture
  • Describe the procedure for screening neonates for phenylketonuria (PKU)
  • Describe the equipment that is used and personnel responsible for performing the bleeding-time test.
  • Describe the process of making a blood smear
  • Discuss the purpose and methodology for puncture site warming.
  • Identify laboratory tests that have a different reference values when collected by skin puncture.
  • Identify tests that cannot be performed by skin puncture.
  • List acceptable and unacceptable sites for Skin Puncture on adult and pediatric patients.
  • Describe the labeling of micro collection specimens.
  • List the order of draw for skin puncture specimens.
  • List the tests most commonly done on skin puncture specimens.
  • Describe the procedure and rationale for post-puncture care of a skin puncture

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