Phlebotomy Training

Phlebotomy Training (PLB) (non-degree program)

A phlebotomist is skilled in blood collection and the preparation of certain specimens for diagnostic laboratory testing, as ordered by a physician. This program prepares individuals for careers as phlebotomists in various health care settings such as hospitals, physician offices, HMOs, surgical centers, and independent laboratories. Students study the profession’s history; medical terminology; venipuncture; arterial puncture; microsampling; special blood collection procedures; OSHA and safety procedures involving blood borne pathogens; basic computer applications; basic pre-analytical and post-analytical laboratory procedures, and point of care testing; and electrocardiography procedures. Course objectives and competency are accomplished through formal coursework, laboratory practice, and a clinical practicum (a three week, 40 hour per week commitment). Starting in the fall 2011, a $150 fee for the practicum will be assessed. Upon completion of this certificate, students are eligible to sit for the certification exam. For more information, please call 978-630-9110.

PLB 101Introduction To Phlebotomy3
PLB 203Phlebotomy Clinical Practicum4

Technical Standards1 for PLB

Students entering this program, must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  • Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  • Stand for a minimum of two hours.
  • Walk for a minimum of six hours, not necessarily consecutively.
  • Stoop, bend, and twist for a minimum of 30 minutes at a time and be able to repeat this activity at frequent intervals.
  • Lift a 40-pound person or assist with a larger person and transfer the person from one location to another.
  • Determine by touch: hotness/coldness, wetness/dryness, and hardness/softness.
  • Use the small muscle dexterity necessary to do such tasks as gloving, gowning, and operating controls on machinery.
  • Respond to spoken words, monitor signals, call bells, and vital sign assessment equipment.
  • Identify behaviors that would endanger a person’s life or safety and intervene quickly, with an appropriate solution, in a crisis situation

For general information about technical standards and accommodation, see Technical Standards.


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Helpful hints

This is a great professional development opportunity for those already in the healthcare field.

Transfer options

PLB 101 Introduction To Phlebotomy and PLB 203 Phlebotomy Clinical Practicum can be used as career electives in the Allied Health programs (AHC & GSAH). Consult with your academic advisor.

Special requirements

Students must have proof of immunizations, liability insurance (for ), and a Criminal and Sexual Offender Records Information (CORI/SORI) check (see Selective Program Requirements). Drug testing may be required by individual clinical agencies. Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations. Due to the limited availability of practicum sites, students will be charged a special fee.

Career options

After passing the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) certification exam, graduates can become recognized as a Phlebotomy Technician (PBT). The exam fee is $135 through ASCP.

Earning potential

$11.25 to $12.15 per hour.


PLB 101. Introduction To Phlebotomy. 3 Credits.

Introduction to Phlebotomy provides theory in phlebotomy and practical instruction in skills needed to obtain acceptable blood samples by venipuncture, capillary (dermal) puncture, or other techniques. Students will become aware of the typical departments within a clinical laboratory environment, the collection and transportation requirements of most possible clinical specimens, infection control and safety requirements (including biohazard awareness), point of care testing, quality management, legal and ethical issues, cultural diversity, medical terminology, regulatory requirements, and professionalism. Criminal Offender Records Information/Sexual Offender Records Information (CORI/SORI) checks are necessary for enrolled students. Students must have proof of immunizations, a physical examination, and liability insurance. Prerequisites: ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement.

PLB 203. Phlebotomy Clinical Practicum. 4 Credits.

This course is intended for students pursuing a career in the field of phlebotomy. Students are provided with the required clinical instruction to be eligible to take a phlebotomy certification exam. Students are required to complete 120 hours (completed within a specific amount of time), 100 venipunctures, and 25 capillary (dermal) punctures. After successful completion of this clinical course, students will be eligible for employment in the field of phlebotomy. Clinical site to be assigned by the instructor. Space is limited. Criminal Offender Records Information/Sexual Offender Records Information (CORI/SORI) checks are necessary for enrolled students. Students must have proof of immunizations, a physical examination, and liability insurance. A $150 fee will be assessed. Prerequisite: PLB101.