Baker College phlebotomy program granted full approval


The phlebotomy technician certificate program at Baker College of Auburn Hills has been granted full approval by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

“It’s through the hard work and perseverance of our faculty and staff that the Auburn Hills campus has been granted approval by this prestigious organization,” said Jeff Love, Baker College of Auburn Hills president. “Congratulations to Wilsetta McClain, phlebotomy technician program department chair, for her leadership role in championing this endeavor.”

The process to achieve full approval included an in-depth self-study, which was submitted to NAACLS on August 1, 2008. This was followed by an evaluation from NAACLS’s Programs Approval Review Committee (PARC) and evaluation by the organization’s board of directors. Full approval status was granted on April 30, 2009, and is valid for four years.

The phlebotomy technician program at Baker College of Auburn Hills is designed to prepare the student to work as a phlebotomy technician in a variety of medical settings. The student will learn the blood-drawing skill in the college laboratory setting and also in a supervised medical facility such as a clinic or hospital. In addition, the student will understand the pre-analytical variables that affect laboratory specimens and how to work successfully as part of an extended laboratory team.

A graduate of the program is eligible to sit for one of the national phlebotomy technician certification exams.

“Graduates from an NAACLS-approved program and the employers that hire them are assured that the program conforms to nationally accepted career competencies,” said McClain.

The largest private college in Michigan, Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It is a non-profit higher education institution, serving more than 38,000 students on 12 campuses and in four satellite locations. Baker grants certificates and associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business, health sciences, education and human services, and various technical fields, as well as a doctorate of business administration. As a career college, the Baker College system is proud to have achieved a graduate employment rate of 98 percent. For more information about Baker College, please check out our Web site at

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