Michigan has several schools that offer phlebotomy classes, either as stand-alone options or as part of larger undergraduate certificate or diploma programs. The most common type of program in this field confers a Certificate of Completion or Certificate of Achievement. These undergraduate programs are commonly found at community colleges and require completion of 6-28 credit hours.
Phlebotomy programs typically combine lectures with labs and a practical experience. Some programs are limited admissions, and applicants may have to pass a background check. While a certificate is not required for employment, students who earn one can demonstrate their knowledge to prospective employers. Profiled below are nine public and not-for-profit schools offering phlebotomy programs in Michigan.
Lansing Community College
Lansing Community College is located in Michigan's state capitol, Lansing. Prospective phlebotomists can earn a phlebotomy technician Certificate of Achievement. This six-credit program takes two semesters to complete. Students take a two-credit phlebotomy technician course in their first semester and a four-credit phlebotomy externship in their second semester. This combination provides students with both classroom education and practical experience. It should be noted that students are required to take their second semester externship no later than one year after completing their first semester coursework.
Mott Community College
In the Flint area, students interested in learning about phlebotomy can enroll in a course in Mott Community College's alternative training program offered by the school's Health Sciences Division. This single, two-credit course is designed for beginning phlebotomy students. The course covers topics such as practical skills in venipuncture, collection and preparation of specimens, and laboratory testing.
North Central Michigan College
North Central Michigan College is located in Petoskey, right at the tip of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. North Central Michigan offers a Certificate of Development for phlebotomy technicians. This 16-credit program is designed to help students learn about different laboratory techniques and proper specimen handling and storage, along with how to assure quality lab test results, communicate effectively with colleagues, and provide patient care. This program has a competitive admissions policy, and only 12 students are selected to enroll in it each year. Selection is based on previous grades and passing a criminal background check. Upon completion of the certificate program, students can take the American Society for Clinical Pathology's PBT exam to earn their certification.
Oakland Community College
Located in the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills, Oakland Community College offers a phlebotomy technician certificate. This 10-credit program includes coursework in laboratory procedures, phlebotomy, medical law and ethics, and medical terminology. Students can earn their certificate and gain entry-level employment or use the credits earned in the phlebotomy certificate program toward Oakland Community College's associate degree in medical assisting.
Schoolcraft College is located in the Detroit suburb of Livonia, Michigan. At this school, students can enroll in a phlebotomy skills certificate program. This 16-credit program can take as little as two semesters to complete. Courses include anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, computer orientation, medical office procedures, and phlebotomy.
Southwestern Michigan College
Located in Dowagiac, Southwestern Michigan College offers a phlebotomy specialty certificate program through the health sciences division. The nine-credit program takes two semesters to complete. The first semester consists of a phlebotomy course, while the second semester includes a clinical experience. Students should note that there is limited availability for this program, and admission should be applied for in advance. Proof of current immunizations and passing a criminal background check are required for admission.
Wayne County Community College District
Wayne County Community College District has several campuses in Wayne County, Michigan, which includes Detroit and its surrounding suburbs. The school's phlebotomy technician certificate program trains students in drawing blood and collecting samples for analysis using skin or venous puncture techniques. Courses examine concepts in medical terminology, specimen collection, computer systems in medical offices, biology, ethics in medicine, and pediatric phlebotomy. The program includes a practicum experience.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Phlebotomy Programs Offered||Tuition and Fees|
|Lansing Community College||Two-year, public; midsize city||Phlebotomy Technician Certificate|| $88 per billing hour in-district,
$176 per billing hour out-of-district,
$264 per billing our out-of-state,
Tuition, plus $55 per semester in fees, no other costs listed (2016)*
|Mott Community College||Two-year, public; midsize city||Phlebotomy Foundations Class|| $130.34 in-district,
$261.40 out-of-state (2016-2017)*
|North Central Michigan College||Two-year, public; rural||Phlebotomy Technician Certificate|| $108 per contact hour in-district,
$179 per contact hour in-state,
$232 per contact hour out-of-state (2016-2017)*
|Oakland Community College||Two-year, public; large suburb||Phlebotomy Certificate|| $88 per credit in-district
$171 per credit out of district
$240 per credit out-of-state (2015-2016)*
|Schoolcraft College||Two-year, public; small city||Phlebotomy Skills Certificate|| $102 per credit hour resident
$148 per credit hour non resident
$218 per credit hour out-of-state (Fall 2016)*
|Southwestern Michigan College||Two-year, public; rural||Phlebotomy Specialty Certificate Program|| $115.25 per contact hour in-district,
$150.25 per contact hour in-state,
$164 per contact hour out-of-state (2016-2017)*
|Wayne County Community College District||Two-year, public; large city||Phlebotomy Technician Certificate||$2,564 tuition and fees (2016)*|
Source: *Schools' websites.