Phlebotomy programs teach students to collect, label, prepare and transport blood and other clinical specimens from patients. The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) is the organization that specifically accredits phlebotomy programs (www.naacls.org).
Schools with Phlebotomy Programs
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Miami Dade College||Miami, FL||4-year, Public||Certificate||In-state $2,834; Out-of-state $9,661|
|Central New Mexico Community College||Albuquerque, NM||2-year, Public||Certificate||In-state $1,448; Out-of-state $6,704|
|Milwaukee Area Technical College||Milwaukee, WI||2-year, Public||Diploma||In-state $4,360; Out-of-state $6,286|
|College of Southern Nevada||Las Vegas, NV||4-year, Public||Certificate||In-state $2,805; Out-of-state $9,450|
|Eastern Florida State College||Cocoa, FL||4-year, Public||Certificate||In-state $2,496; Out-of-state $9,739|
|Southwest Tennessee Community College - Union Campus||Memphis, TN||2-year, Public||Certificate||In-state $3,963; Out-of-state $15,363|
|Des Moines Area Community College||Ankeny, IA||2-year, Public||Certificate||In-state $3,913; Out-of-state $7,825|
|Central Louisiana Technical Community College||Alexandria, LA||2-year, Public||Certificate||In-state $3,921; Out-of-state $8,030|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
School Selection Criteria
Students should keep the following considerations in mind when selecting a phlebotomy program:
- In order to ensure the quality of their education and resulting certificate, students should verify a school's accreditation with an appropriate agency, such as the NAACLS.
- Students may also investigate whether or not a curriculum includes clinical experience through an internship or practicum, which typically takes place at a local facility and may help students make professional contacts to find work after graduation.
- Students should choose a school that meets the American Society of Clinical Pathology standards for the required number of hours of classroom training and clinical experience to become certified.
- Programs may vary in length, which may affect the range of material covered in the program or structure of the class schedule.
Phlebotomy Technician Certificate
Phlebotomy programs offer classes in venipuncture and micro-capillary techniques, safety procedures, medical terminology and healthcare ethics. Students also receive training in a clinical setting, which allows them to gain hands-on experience in the process of drawing blood and completing EKG testing. Phlebotomy technician programs can be completed in as little as three months.
A number of reputable colleges offer phlebotomy certificate and degree programs. The length of the program and tuition costs vary, and students should ensure that they confirm a program is accredited before applying.