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Top Schools for Phlebotomy

Read about the top schools for phlebotomy, through which students learn how to safely extract blood samples from humans. Learn about the program options at three universities, and find a list of other schools in the U.S. that provide training for phlebotomists.

Students who are interested in pursuing careers as phlebotomists can find certificate programs in the field. Program lengths often range from 3-5 courses and may include a professional practicum.

School Overviews

Some of the top schools that offer certificate programs include the University of Alaska in Anchorage, Ferris State University and Bellevue College. Both universities were chosen due to strong rankings from U.S. News & World Report for 2017. Bellevue College was chosen for its versatile certificate program, which allows students to earn additional general education credits and qualify for an associate's degree.

University of Alaska - Anchorage in Anchorage, AK

School Highlight: The University offers 17 certificate programs, 90 undergraduate programs, 29 masters and one doctorate program.

The University of Alaska in Anchorage (UAA) is a public university that offers an occupational endorsement certificate (OEC) in phlebotomy. This program covers topics in infection control and record keeping. Once enrolled, students learn to collect and process blood and other specimens. They also participate in a phlebotomy practicum. For 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked the university #73 among regional universities in the West.

Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI

School Highlight: Offers in excess of 180 educational programs, at the associate, bachelor, master and doctorate degree level.

Ferris State University is a public university that was ranked #18 among public schools and #74 among regional universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report in 2017. The university's Department of Clinical Laboratory Science, Respiratory Care and Health Care Administration offers certificate and degree programs in health information technology, respiratory care and medical laboratory technology.

Bellevue College in Bellevue, WA

School Highlight: The school offers a Phlebotomy Technician Certificate of Achievement program.

Offered through the Health Sciences, Education & Wellness Institute at Bellevue College, the phlebotomy technician certificate program consists of 45-54 credits and usually takes four quarters to complete. Students take basic courses in medical terminology, human biology, intercultural communication, wellness, human biology and information technology alongside focused training in phlebotomy. Students who go on to complete 26 general education credits can earn an associate's degree in allied health, along with their certificate.

Top Phlebotomy Schools

Here are a few more of the best phlebotomy schools in the country:

  • Baker College of Auburn Hills is Michigan's largest independent college.
  • The phlebotomy program at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, WA, consists of a two-course sequence; the first course consists of 44 hours of lecture and lab work, while the second is a 120-hour clinical practicum.
  • Davenport University in Grand Rapids, MI, offers various medical programs, including Practical Nursing Diploma, AAS in Medical Assisting, BS in Nursing Completion and Master of Science in Nursing.
  • The phlebotomy program at Dixie State College of Utah in Saint George is a single-semester course.
  • Goodwin College in East Harford, CT, offers a certificate in Phlebotomy and Laboratory Services.
  • At Madison Area Technical College in Madison, WI, the training in phlebotomy consists of two 2-credit courses.

Aspiring phlebotomists can get the training they need through certificate programs, which are available at four-year universities and community colleges around the country. The length and curriculum depends on the program, but most can be completed in one year or less.

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