Of the 54 public and private nonprofit colleges in Oregon, only two - Portland Community College and Southwestern Oregon Community College - offer phlebotomy training programs or certificates. Common admissions requirements for these programs include successful criminal background checks, proof of current immunizations, and passing scores on placement exams. Applicants will also need a high school diploma or GED. A clinical practicum is required, so students will need to submit to a drug test. The phlebotomy certificate programs take about one year to complete. Read more about these programs ahead, along with other details about tuition and curricula.
Portland Community College
Located in Portland, this community college offers phlebotomy training through its CLIMB Center for Advancement and Career Pathways Program. This short-term training combines classroom study with a clinical practicum. Course topics include methods for safely collecting and processing blood samples. Prospective phlebotomy technicians also study anatomy and physiology, laboratory information systems, and quality control. Students who enroll in the Career Pathways Program take a job search skills course as well.
The clinical portion consists of 100 hours of hands-on experience. Upon program completion, students are qualified to sit for the voluntary phlebotomy technician certification exam administered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).
Southwestern Oregon Community College
Located in the coastal town of Coos Bay, Southwestern Oregon Community College offers an Associate of Applied Science Medical Assistant program. This 90-credit-hour program includes coursework in medical terminology, anatomy, basic and advanced phlebotomy, and medical law. It also requires students to complete 13 credits of pre-program coursework.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Phlebotomy Certificate Programs Offered||Program Costs (as of 2019)|
|Portland Community College||2-year, public; large city||Phlebotomy Technician Training Program||$2,998 for the CLIMB Program|
|Southwestern Oregon Community College||2-year, public; remote town||Associate of Applied Science Medical Assistant||$8,460 for tuition, $3,686 for course/credit fees, $2,000 for books, and $51 for a background check**|
Sources: *Portland Community College, **Southwestern Oregon Community College