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. In order to apply for the clinical phase of the Phlebotomy Technician program, students must complete the listed program-ready courses with a grade of C or better. Students may enter the college at any time to begin the specified program-ready courses. Once these courses have been successfully completed, a student may submit a Program-Ready Application to be considered for acceptance into a clinical semester. For more details about this progress, please complete a Health Science and Nursing Information Session.

All health science programs at PTC have special program requirements, including a minimum age limit.  All applicants to these limited enrollment programs must be at least 18 by the date of program entry.


Required Courses

Day Program


Credit Hours
AHS 102 Medical Terminology 3.0
CPT 101 Introduction to Computers 3.0
ENG 101 English Composition I 3.0
MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics
or appropriate placement test scores
FIRST SEMESTER* (courses taught fall and spring terms) Credit Hours
AHS 106 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 1.0
AHS 143 Phlebotomy Skills 6.0
AHS 146 Phlebotomy Experience 7.0
Total Credit Hours: 26.0

* Major Studies Courses: Completion of the Phlebotomy certificate requires one (1) semester upon acceptance to the major studies coursework.

Updated 4/30/2013


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

  • Students must do a secondary application in May or September and be accepted into the program before they start clinical coursework.

  • To become program-ready (ready to apply for the clinical phase of the program), students must complete each of the following classes with a minimum grade of C.  The program-ready courses are as follows. . .

    • Medical Terminology (AHS 102)

    • English Composition I (ENG 101)

    • Contemporary Mathematics (MAT 155)

    • Introduction to Computers (CPT 101)

  • Program-ready general education classes can be started any semester and can be completed on a part-time basis.  After program entry, all classes in the one-semester program are co-requisite, meaning they will be taken as offered.

Notes about individual classes

  • The English required for this program is ENG 101.  Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores:  ENG 032/012 and/or RDG 032/012 (or RWR 032/012) > ENG 100 and/or RDG 100 (or RWR 100) > ENG 101.

  • The math required for this program is MAT 155.  Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores:  MAT 032/012 > MAT 155.

  • CPT 101 is required.  CPT 101 will use Office 2016.  CPT 101 students must purchase an access code for My IT Lab, a learning management system.  The CPT 101 access code is good for six months.  RDG 100 or RWR 100 is a prerequisite for CPT 101.

  • Developmental and transitional classes, if needed, should be taken first, but are not prerequisites for the phlebotomy classes

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 Physical and Mental Standards chart for more information.

  • 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

**Upcoming catalog change: New students in the Phlebotomy major will only be required to have RDG 100, ENG 100, and MAT 032/012 (or appropriate placement test scores) prior to beginning Phlebotomy coursework.


  • You can find the name of your assigned academic advisor by reviewing Degree Works, your Class Schedule, or by visiting the Advising webpage.

  • Deborah McCallum is the Program Director of the Phlebotomy program.

  • You may also contact Susan Kinney for information about this program

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

Advisement Information updated/reviewed 9/18/2017.