Phlebotomy Technician Certificate

This certificate program provides students with the basic skills necessary for the collection of laboratory blood specimens.

Program Admission: This is a limited enrollment program accepting 12 students to begin both fall and spring terms.

Students must have completed an AHA BLS course before starting AHS 143.  (Contact Continuing Education at (864) 941-8400 to learn about CPR opportunities at PTC).  In order to continue into AHS 146, a student must have earned a grade of C or better in AHS 143.

All applicants must be at least 18 by the date they take their certification exam.


Required Courses

Day Program


Credit Hours
AHS 102 Medical Terminology 3.0
AHS 143 Phlebotomy Skills 6.0
AHS 146 Phlebotomy Experience 7.0
Total Credit Hours 16.0

Updated 3/29/2018


Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement

This program focuses on the role of the phlebotomist and emphasizes basic skills necessary for proper and safe collection and handling of blood specimens. The mark of a skilled phlebotomist is the ability to obtain a blood specimen in an efficient and safe manner. The phlebotomist must master venipuncture, capillary puncture; safety and infection control procedures and understand the scope of practice for the phlebotomist, as well as the ability to communicate with patients and various healthcare professionals.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Provide proper patient care techniques in the hospital, rehabilitation facilities and laboratory settings.
  2. Demonstrate appropriate professional behavior
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of skills related to Phlebotomy.
  4. Demonstrate proper adherence to patient confidentiality by following HIPPA regulations
  5. Apply the knowledge of medical law & ethics to the practice of Phlebotomy.


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Advisement Information

Program notes

  • Phlebotomy is a 16 credit hour program, with no program ready courses.  It is eligible for Title IV (PELL grants and Student Loans).

  • Students will need RDG 100, ENG 100 or equilavent test scores as prerequisites for AHS 102 (Medical Terminology), which they may take while waiting for a program slot.

Notes about other requirements

  • Physical and Mental Standards: It is recommended that students explore their reaction to all kinds of body fluids, unpleasant odors, and dangerous/contagious diseases. Students must be in adequate physical and mental condition to participate and function within the program and clinical environment. Read the Health Care Division Information FAQ Sheet for the Physical and Mental Standards for Health Care programs.

  • Background Check and Drug Screening: Students are required to have an initial criminal background check and drug screening upon acceptance into the clinical phase of the program. A positive report on either may prevent the student from being accepted by a clinical facility which will not allow the student to progress in the program or take the licensure exam. Additional drug screenings will occur throughout the clinical program as requested by the clinical facility. The cost of these screenings will also be the responsibility of the student.

  • Health Requirements and Immunizations: Students accepted into the program will be required to provide written documentation of health records.  Cost of background check, drug screen and medical records management is approximately $110.00 but is subject to change.

  • CPR and Hospital Orientation: All students will be required to have CPR certification by the start of clinical courses and the certification may not expire prior to the end of the semester. Students that plan to seek certification outside of the college must have Basic Life Support (BLS) training through the American Heart Association. A copy of certification must be submitted to the Medical Records management system. Annual Hospital Orientation is required.

  • Program Costs: In addition to tuition, fees, and books, other costs may include but are not limited to uniforms, lab supplies, malpractice insurance, review courses, licensure preparation, and graduation fees.

Semester-by-semester graduation plan


  • Contact Steve McDade, (the Continuing Education Health Care Coordinator) for additional information about this program.

  • Please email if this Advising Guide needs to be corrected or updated.

Advisement Information updated/reviewed 10/2018.