LCC, Sparrow team to find phlebotomists
By Maddy Warren
Editor In Chief
Phlebotomists are healthcare workers who are responsible for drawing blood. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an increase in the need for phlebotomists.
Sparrow Hospital is partnering with LCC to train students interested in phlebotomy. Students go through an eight-week LCC course at the hospital.
“Currently we have courses that we partner with (Sparrow) in our regular externship class,” said Susan Wagener, lead faculty for the LCC Phlebotomy Technician Program. “We partner with them for a lot of different nursing programs and other programs, too, but there’s been a big need for phlebotomists.
“They had … about 27 openings that they couldn’t fill so they wanted to have a program where they would pay for the students’ education, and they would sign an agreement to work at Sparrow for a certain amount of time.”
The requirements for the program include enrolling at LCC, the ability to work full-time, and the needed reading and math level.
“This is an eight-week condensed course in what used to be two semesters,” Wagener said. “So they’re going to class every day, eight hours a day to learn this skill and to get experience at the field.”
Wagener said students will get college credit for the program and are guaranteed a job if they pass the course.
Wagener added that the pandemic has caused an increase in the amount of testing.
“Now that people are not afraid to come to get their health care like they were in the beginning of the pandemic, they really increased the need for phlebotomists,” Wagener said. “The phlebotomists help with some of the testing.”
Anyone interested in applying for the program should do so through Sparrow.
“We’re just really excited about it,” Wagener said. “Hopefully to get people working and fill a need for the community and the hospital.”