In Georgia, several technical colleges offer undergraduate certificate programs in phlebotomy, which typically require completion of 24 credit hours. Phlebotomy students learn to collect and process blood and body fluids for testing. Students also learn about anatomy and physiology, medical terminology and computers. For some programs, interested students may need to be CPR certified before applying; other programs include CPR training as part of the course. In addition, a background check and immunizations are often required to participate in clinical experiences.
Graduates of a phlebotomy program can seek careers working with clinical laboratory personnel and other medical staff in hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare settings. While certification is not necessarily required for employment, some employers may prefer candidates who have earned certification after graduation from a college program. Below are short overviews of Georgia's ten largest schools offering phlebotomy training, as well as a table comparing the schools' offerings and tuition information.
Atlanta Technical College
Located in Atlanta, this college offers a phlebotomy technician technical certificate. The 24-credit program includes coursework in anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, and venipuncture. The program also requires students to complete 225 hours of clinical practice, which provides students with real-world work experience in venipuncture, clinical policies and procedures, and medical ethics.
Athens Technical College
The phlebotomy technician technical certificate program at this Athens-based school requires 24 credit hours. Coursework includes English, computers, medical terminology, anatomy, and venipuncture. In addition, students will be required to complete a clinical component. Students are required to pass all courses with at least a C in order to graduate.
Central Georgia Technical College
Central Georgia Technical College's phlebotomy technician technical certificate program is at its Macon campus. This 24-credit program includes a clinical component, as well as coursework in medical terminology, anatomy, English, and venipuncture. Almost 81% of this program's graduates were employed upon graduating, as of 2011.
Albany State University
Albany's Darton State College at Albany State University offers a structured, two-part phlebotomy certificate program, consisting of classroom instruction and clinical training. After an introductory classroom course in phlebotomy, students perform clinical phlebotomy. The clinical component requires students to complete 200 hours of work in healthcare settings. They successfully perform at least 25 skin punctures and 100 venipunctures.
Georgia Northwestern Technical College
Georgia Northwestern Technical College, located in Rome, administers a phlebotomy technician certificate program. The program, which requires 24 credit hours to complete, includes coursework in anatomy, medical terminology, allied health sciences, computers, and venipuncture. A clinical component gives students the chance to gain real-world experience. Students will be required to purchase hospital scrubs for their clinicals and must also pass a CPR course.
Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Clarkston's Georgia Piedmont Technical College has a phlebotomy technician certificate program that includes both classroom and clinical requirements. The courses for this program include venipuncture, computers, English, healthcare, medical terminology for allied health sciences, and anatomy. The clinical component will allow students to gain real-world experience in the collection and transport of samples of blood and other body fluids.
Savannah Technical College
Located in Savannah, this technical college features coursework in venipuncture and physiology as part of the school's 24-credit phlebotomy technician certificate program. Other course topics include medical terminology and healthcare, as well as general courses such as English and computers. There is also a clinical component in which students will gain experience in performing routine collections from adult, newborn, and pediatric patients, along with knowledge of clinical procedures and policies.
Southern Crescent Technical College
Southern Crescent Technical College in Griffin offers a phlebotomy technician certificate program. The 24-credit hour program includes coursework in general health topics, as well as venipuncture. Students get to put their classroom knowledge into practice by working in a clinical setting.
West Georgia Technical College
The phlebotomy technician certificate program at Waco's West Georgia Technical College includes topics in anatomical terminology, human anatomy, and venipuncture. Through clinical experience, students learn to collect blood samples and process blood and body fluids for analysis in real-world settings.
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
The 24-credit phlebotomy technician technical certificate program at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, based in Valdosta, is available at the school's Valdosta, Coffee, and Ben Hill-Irwin campuses. Prospective students can expect to complete coursework in anatomy and physiology, venipuncture, medical terminology, and computers. The clinical component, which is completed in area healthcare institutions, provides students with real-life experience collecting and processing samples and learning more about healthcare policies and procedures. Admission to this program is competitive, and in addition to regular requirements, applicants must be CPR-certified and complete a physical exam.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Phlebotomy Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Atlanta Technical College||2-year, public; large city||Technical Certificate in Phlebotomy Technician||$2,820 in-state; $4,956 out-of-state*|
|Athens Technical College||2-year, public; fringe rural||Technical Certificate of Credit in Phlebotomy Technician||$2,798 in-state; $4,934 out-of-state|
|Central Georgia Technical College||2-year, public; small city||Technical Certificate of Credit in Phlebotomy Technician||$2,778 in-state; $4,914 out-of-state*|
|Albany State University||4-year, public; small city||Certificate in Phlebotomy||$5,35 in-state; $16,196 out-of-state*|
|Georgia Northwestern Technical College||2-year; public; small city||Certificate in Phlebotomy Technician||$2,798 in-state; $4,934 out-of-state*|
|Georgia Piedmont Technical College||2-year, public; large suburb||Certificate in Phlebotomy Technician||$2,924 in-state; $5,060 out-of-state*|
|Savannah Technical College||2-year, public; midsize city||Certificate in Phlebotomy Technician||$2,744 in-state; $4,880 out-of-state*|
|Southern Crescent Technical College||2-year, public; large suburb||Certificate in Phlebotomy Technician||$2,842 in-state; $4,982 out-of-state*|
|West Georgia Technical College||2-year, public; fringe rural||Certificate in Phlebotomy Technician||$2,838 in-state; $4,974 out-of-state*|
|Wiregrass Georgia Technical College||2-year, public; small suburb||Technical Certificate of Credit in Phlebotomy Technician||$2,794 in-state; $4,930 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.