Phlebotomy (eH)*

Degree offered

Certificate of Recognition in Phlebotomy

Credits required 7


Patricia Dent, ext. 2141

Program Contact

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


Application review begins February 1.


Program Goals Statement

Students completing the two-semester Phlebotomy Program will be prepared to perform routine and special blood collection procedures as well as process specimens prior to testing in a modern clinical laboratory. A three-week, 120 hour clinical practicum is an essential and required component of this certificate program.  Clinical practicum hours are scheduled Monday through Friday during day time hours.

Degree Requirements

Program Courses

MED 101Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Science

3 credits

PLB 102Principles and Methods of Phlebotomy

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:7

Program Information 

  • Two program options:
    • Traditional, offered in Fall River 
    • eHealth hybrid, offered in New Bedford, 800 Purchase Street
  • Students should be prepared to travel one hour or more to an assigned clinical site
  • A phlebotomist must demonstrate interpersonal skills, enjoy science, and enjoy working with the public.   

Essential Functions 

The Phlebotomy program essential functions include 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, process specimens and use a computer.
  • Visual acuity sufficient to read physician orders, obtain specimens, and differentiate colors.
  • Hearing ability sufficient to respond to messages and requests from instructors, 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.

Students applying to the Program with a high school diploma must demonstrate a minimum grade point average of 2.0.  Prerequisite courses include high school chemistry or biology and a math course with a minimum grade “C“.

Students applying to the Program with a G.E.D. must demonstrate an overal score of 2500 with a minimum score of 500 in math and a minimum score of 500 in science.  G.E.D. students must take the required prerequistie courses prior to being considered for admission to the program.

Requirements Upon Admission

Accepted applicants must have a physical examination, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, and varicella (chicken pox) immunization or titre (blood tests to prove immune status). A TB test is required each year.

Students must carry personal health insurance, professional liability insurance, and have current CPR certification (by the American Heart Association, Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers or American Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Healthcare Providers).

Upon admission to the program, all students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check, a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check and a drug screen performed by a facility under contract with Bristol Community College.  These checks are required due to potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly during a clinical experience.  Students found to have certain criminal convictions or pending criminal actions will be presumed ineligible for clinical placement.  The College is authorized by the Commonwealth's Department of Criminal Justice to access CORI records.  Sex Offender checks shall be performed pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 178C-178P.

For more information regarding the College's CORI/SORI check process, please contact the Human Resource Department at (508) 678-2811, ext. 2194.

A positive CORI/SORI and/or drug screen may prevent students from working in contracted health facilities, which will prevent students from completing the program objectives.  

Additional Costs

Students accepted into the program are responsible for associated costs such as uniforms, name tags, safety supplies, transportation to and from clinical assignments and certification examination application fees.

Grade Requirements

MED 101 includes 45 hours of lecture. 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 practicum component. A minimum grade of a “C” in the clinical practicum is required to receive a passing grade in the course and consequently in the program. 

Students are eligible to reapply one time only through the Admissions Office.

Clinical Affiliation 

Students will be assigned to an affiliate agency for a 120 hour clinical practicum.  The practicum is a consecutive three week experience that is scheduled during the first shift (day), Monday through Friday. This is a full time commitment during those three weeks.  Students must plan their schedules accordingly. Transportation to clinical affiliation sites is the responsibility of the student.  Students should be prepared to travel an hour or more from campus.  The availability of clinical affiliations depends on the area healthcare providers' ability to accept students.

Successful completion of program objectives is required to receive the Certificate of Recognition in Phlebotomy from Bristol Community College.  Students who accomplish this achievement are eligible to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP-BOC) national certification examination.

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