Schools for Certified Phlebotomy Technicians: How to Choose

In a phlebotomy technician program, students learn how to collect blood specimens from patients in hospitals, physician's offices and laboratories to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Read on to see what you should consider while choosing a phlebotomy program, and to view some schools in the U.S. that offer phlebotomy courses.

Aspiring phlebotomy technicians can enroll in certificate programs at community colleges or vocational schools. Most programs contain internship requirements.

Schools with Phlebotomy Programs

At these schools, students can study phlebotomy :

University/College Location Institution Type Programs Offered Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*
Arkansas State University - Newport Newport, AK 2-year, Public Certificate $2,616 in-state, $4,008 out-of-state
Clark College Vancouver, WA 2-year, Public Certificate $3,456 in-state, $8,794 out-of-state
Davenport University Grand Rapids, MI 4-year, Private not-for-profit Certificate $15,952
Dixie State University Saint George, UT 4-year, primarily associate's, Public Certificate $4,620 in-state, $13,206 out-of-state
Eastern Arizona College Thatcher, AZ 2-year, Public Certificate $2,080 in-state, $9,580 out-of-state
Florida Gateway College Lake City, FL 4-year, primarily associate's, Public Certificate $3,100 in-state, $11,747 out-of-state
Gaston College Dallas, NC 2-year, Public Certificate $2,562 in-state, $8,708 out-of-state
Goodwin College East Hartford, CT 4-year, primarily associate's, Private not-for-profit Certificate $19,950
Highline College Des Moines, WA 4-year, primarily associate's, Public Certificate $3,846 in-state, $4,253 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Keep the following in mind when choosing a phlebotomy school:

  • It's good to see if internship hours are listed as a requirement, since practical experience can be very useful for phlebotomists.
  • A student must also take into account the school's prerequisites, since some schools require applicants to have completed a medical assisting course and to have worked as a medical assistant at least a year prior to applying to the program.
  • Many states require phlebotomists to be certified through state agencies or national organizations before they can work, so students should look into schools that prepare them for certification.
  • It's best to search for schools that are accredited by The National Healthcareer Association, American Society for Clinical Pathology or the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

Certificate of Completion in Phlebotomy Technician Program

Phlebotomy technician certificate programs almost always contain internship requirements during which the student must perform a specific number of venipunctures and capillary punctures. Students also complete coursework covering such topics as medical terminology, anatomy, physiology and specimen testing methods.

In an accredited training program for aspiring phlebotomy technicians, students can get the educational background and hands-on training necessary for certification and a career in the field.

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