Columbia State EWD Pins Phlebotomy Graduates

(COLUMBIA, Tenn. – April 24, 2017) - - - Columbia State Community College’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development recently recognized 17 phlebotomy technicians in a pinning ceremony on the Columbia Campus.

“It was such a joy to work with such highly motivated and hardworking students,” said Amy Bridges, retired Maury Regional Medical Center laboratory coordinator and phlebotomy co-instructor.

Phlebotomy technicians specialize in drawing blood and work in a variety of health care systems and organizations, and certification adds credibility and a competitive edge for applicants. Each student completed 48 hours of classroom instruction along with 100 clinical hours in the Phlebotomy Technician Certification Preparation Course.

Columbia State partnered with MRMC, Southern Tennessee Regional Hospital, Williamson Medical Center and Labcorp for students to have access to facilities in the area for clinical practice. The program is designed to increase student success in health care programs.

“I am very proud of each of the students for achieving their goal of National Healthcareer Association phlebotomy certification,” said Marsha Griffis, MRMC phlebotomy supervisor and phlebotomy co-instructor.  

The instructors prepared the class with rigorous content review and practice exams in preparation for the NHA certification exam. As a result of the students’ hard work, the class received a 100 percent first-attempt pass rate on the nationally recognized exam; the 2017 national average pass rate is 92 percent.

“I want to thank Columbia State for providing this course,” said Lisa Turley, spring 2017 phlebotomy graduate and Mount Pleasant native. “The evening program was flexible and attainable. I was exposed to different areas of health care and now have a better idea of what I want to do.”

Phlebotomy grads

Photo Caption: Spring 2017 phlebotomy graduates. (Back row, left to right): Marsha Griffis, MRMC phlebotomy supervisor and phlebotomy co-instructor; Amy Bridges, retired MRMC laboratory coordinator and phlebotomy co-instructor; Alyssa Lovell, Columbia; AnnaMarie Dicus, Hohenwald; Whitley Jones, Columbia; Leslie Cather, Bon Aqua; Kanya Crain, Williamsport; Lora Hubbert, Mount Pleasant; Kimbrell Yeager, Franklin; Kaylee Swinney, Lawrenceburg; Lisa Turley, Mount Pleasant; Christy Sullivan, Lyles; and Christin Hooper, Lawrenceburg. (Front row, left to right): Brooke Lee, Columbia; Julia Anderson, Columbia; Hannah Love, Santa Fe; Hannah Hensley, Hohenwald; Kim Harrell, Ethridge; and Jade Dodd, Bon Aqua.

Phlebotomy course family
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(left to right): Christy Sullivan, Lyles; Leslie Cather, Bon Aqua; and Jane Dodd, Bon Aqua; all took the phlebotomy course together as a family.

Columbia State is a two-year college, serving a nine-county area in southern Middle Tennessee with locations in Columbia, Franklin, Lawrenceburg, Lewisburg and Clifton. As Tennessee’s first community college, Columbia State is committed to increasing access and enhancing diversity at all five campuses. Columbia State is a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents, one of the largest higher education systems in the nation. For more information, please visit www.ColumbiaState.edu.

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