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Specimen Collection and Procedures

Obtaining specimens for important data collection is imperative for the physician and other healthcare providers to accurately diagnosis an illness or disease.

In this introduction to specimen collections course, learners will gain the skills necessary to perform venipuncture and capillary (finger) sticks for the purpose of drawing and processing blood samples.


The Berkeley College Specimen Collection and Procedures course provides an introduction to the methods and techniques of acquiring specimens via multiple approaches. The gathering of bodily fluids is presented and simulated throughout the course. In addition to simulating the collection of specimens, learners will explore how to direct the patient, secure the specimen, complete the lab requisition from, and submit to the testing site. To ensure proper handling of these specimens, learners will gain the understanding of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), and other standards required in a laboratory setting.

All topics explored in this course prepare learners for the Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) certification examination offered through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

The following costs are included in the fee for the Specimen Collection and Procedures course:

  • Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) certification exam offered through the NHA
  • Certified Phlebotomy Technician certification exam review
  • Required E-text
  • Lab fees

The Specimen Collection and Procedures course is offered in a combination of online and onsite instruction. Learning takes place online with the exception of the mandatory 30-hour onsite laboratory component for the course, which can be taken at any New Jersey campus where the course is offered.

Credit hours from this completed course may be applied toward credits for a degree program offered within the College’s School of Health Studies.

Individuals with a high school diploma or its equivalent are welcome to enroll in this course. There is a short registration form, but no formal acceptance process.

  • MED1140 - Specimen Collection and Procedures (15-week | 3 credits)
    • Includes a mandatory 30-hour onsite lab component

Students learn a variety of laboratory procedures, specimen collection, Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment Waiver Test, and Point of Care Testing (PoCT). Includes performing proper venipuncture and finger-stick techniques for obtaining human blood specimens, as well as other methods of collecting body fluid specimens while complying with OSHA Standards.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: HEA2200, SCI2100

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Students in the Continuing Education programs and courses are not eligible for Berkeley College grants, scholarships, financial aid, VA benefits, or career assistance.