Phlebotomy Technician Learnership
The PathCare Academy offers this programme for the training of Phlebotomy Technicians (Further Education and Training Certificate: Phlebotomy Techniques, NQF level 4). The two year course has been successfully offered by the Academy since its inception when we engaged South Africa’s first Phlebotomy Technician Learners. PathCare, led the process of developing this qualification with the support of the Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority (HWSETA). The qualification is approved and authorised by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and is run as a learnership under the auspices of the HWSETA.
The PathCare Academy also trains phlebotomy learners from Western Province Blood Transfusion Services as part of our ongoing co-operative relationship with that organisation.
On successful completion of the two year course and a Board Examination set by the HPCSA, the phlebotomy learner is able to register with the HPCSA as a qualified Phlebotomy Technician and is able to work in pathology laboratories, such as PathCare, or blood transfusion services.
PathCare Academy learners have consistently achieved exceptionally high pass rates on these exams, with Academy learners with maintaining a 96% pass rate over 12 years. In 2019, our learners achieved a 100% pass rate for the ninth consecutive year!
The programme commences annually in February. Positions are advertised internally within PathCare and on the PathCare website in September/October of the year preceding commencement. The entry level criteria includes Grade 12 with biology and mathematics, or maths literacy. Selection includes pre-interview testing and panel interviews. Successful candidates are paid an allowance and are employed on a two-year contract during their studies at the PathCare Academy.