Certificate Program

Degree offered

Certificate of Recognition in Phlebotomy

Credits required 7


Patricia Dent

Program contact

Debra St. George, Department Chair and Associate Professor of Clinical Laboratory Science, ext. 2148

Apply by February 1 for priority consideration.

Program Goals Statement

Students completing the two-semester program will be prepared to perform routine and special blood collection procedures as well as to process the specimens prior to testing in a modern clinical laboratory. A three-week clinical practicum is an essential and required component of this certificate program.

Degree Requirements

Program Courses

MED 101Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Science

3 credits

PLB 102Principles and Methods of Phlebotomy

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:7

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

MED 101Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Science

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

PLB 102Principles and Methods of Phlebotomy

4 credits

Program Information


  • A phlebotomist must demonstrate interpersonal skills, enjoy science, and enjoy working with the public.
  • Some courses in this program are only offered during the day.


Essential Functions


  • The Phlebotomy Program essential functions include certain cognitive, physical and behavioral abilities which are necessary to perform the duties of a professional Phlebotomist. In order to meet the course requirements, students must possess the following basic abilities
  • Cognitive ability sufficient to learn and use the body of knowledge necessary to meet the program curriculum requirements and attain career entry status in the profession.
  • Physical ability, sufficient mobility and motor coordination to safely collect and process patient specimens, including using a computer.
  • Visual acuity sufficient to read physician orders, obtain specimens, and differentiate colors.
  • Hearing ability sufficient to respond to messages and requests from patients, physicians, and staff.
  • Communication skills sufficient to allow for communication with instructors, staff, patients, and physicians.
  • Emotional stability sufficient to interact professionally with instructors, staff, patients, and physicians, respect patient confidentiality, use reasonable judgment, and accept responsibility for their actions.


Admission Requirements

Applicants must possess a high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent. A minimum high school grade point average of “C“ or a G.E.D. score of 2500 with a minimum score of 500 in math and a minimum score of 500 in science is required. Prerequisites for high school graduates include high school biology or chemistry and a high school mathematics course with a minimum grade of C. It is recommended that students who have a G.E.D. equivalent take BIO 111 or CHM 090 and MTH 011 prior to applying for admission.

Accepted applicants must have a physical examination, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, and varicella (chicken pox) immunizations, or titres (blood tests to prove immunity). A TB test is required each year. Health insurance is required.

Grade Requirements

MED 101 includes 45 hours of lecture/lab scheduled during the fall semester. A minimum grade of “C-” is required in MED 101 to progress to PLB 102. PLB 102 includes 45 hours of lecture/lab, plus 120 hours of clinical training following completion of the didactic and laboratory components. Students must achieve a minimum of “C-” in the on-campus lecture and lab component of PLB 102 in order to progress to the clinical course component, and a minimum of a “C-” in the PLB clinical component is required to receive a passing course grade.

Additional Requirements

Upon admission to the Phlebotomy program students must carry professional liability insurance, personal health insurance, and have current CPR certification. Students are responsible for purchasing uniforms and for application fees for certification examinations. Students will be required to submit to a Criminal Offender Record Information (C.O.R.I.) check that identifies any criminal offense history. A positive C.O.R.I. check may prevent students from working in contracted health facilities, which will prevent students from completing the program objectives. Additional laboratory tests, including drug screening, are required by clinical agencies.

Clinical Affiliations

Students will be assigned to an affiliate agency for a 120 hour clinical practicum as required by the national certification agencies. The clinical component is a three week, full-time commitment and students must plan their schedules accordingly.

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