Virginia Schools with Phlebotomy Classes
Phlebotomists collect and process blood and body fluid specimens for laboratory analysis in a variety of healthcare settings. Postsecondary studies in phlebotomy are usually offered at the certificate level or as part of 2-year medical laboratory technician programs. These types of programs typically combine classroom instruction with hands-on practice in drawing blood and collecting specimens. Studies prepare graduates to take professional certification exams.
Two Virginia community colleges providing phlebotomy classes are highlighted below. Find details about course topics explored in these programs. Get helpful facts about each school in the table at the end of this article.
- Northern Virginia Community College offers phlebotomy classes at the certificate and associate's degree levels. These programs are provided at the college's Medical Education campus located in Springfield, VA.
- Rappahannock Community College, found about 50 miles east of downtown Richmond in Glenns, VA, provides phlebotomy training resulting in a certificate.
Comparison of Schools
Aspiring phlebotomy technicians should examine all facts about schools offering training programs before enrolling in a program. Below are various statistics and figures about each school discussed here, including tuition, graduation rates and student population.
|Northern Virginia Community College||Rappahannock Community College|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||51,487*||3,569*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Rural|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)||$5,138 (in state)
| $4,460 (in state)
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014)||57%*||71%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2015)||N/A (open admissions)*||N/A (open admissions)*|
|Retention Rate (2014)||69%*||56%*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2014)||23%*||29%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Northern Virginia Community College
Established in 1964, Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is among the largest community colleges in the United States and the largest college in the state of Virginia. Its six campuses enroll more than 75,000 students.
Phlebotomy Career Studies Certificate Program
This program blends classroom instruction with practical learning both on-campus and via affiliated clinical laboratories in Virginia. Students learn how to safely collect and process blood samples for medical laboratory analysis. Classes also emphasize reading, writing and communication skills, including a course devoted to medical terminology. Upon completion of 11 required credits, graduates are prepared to sit for the national examination to become Certified Phlebotomy Technicians.
Associate of Applied Science in Medical Lab Technology
Accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, this program teaches the basic math, chemical, biological and physical concepts vital to laboratory medicine. Required phlebotomy classes cover medical laboratory techniques, hematology, blood banking and human pathogens. Students learn to perform routine tests on body fluids and correlate the results with disease processes. This program also includes a phlebotomy training component which prepares individuals to draw quality blood specimens while providing a comfortable environment for the patient. Graduates are eligible to take the national certification exams to become professional medical lab technicians or phlebotomists.
Rappahannock Community College
Rappahannock Community College was founded in 1969 and operates two campuses in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula areas of Virginia. The college awards associate degrees in over 15 fields of study. It also awards certificates in nearly 20 career studies areas, including phlebotomy.
Phlebotomy Career Studies Certificate
This 12-credit certificate program includes classes in biology, clinical phlebotomy and medical terminology. Students learn how to collect blood samples for laboratory analysis through hands-on clinical practice. Graduates can sit for the national exam administered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology.