Students in Ohio have a large number of schools to choose from when searching for phlebotomy programs. Phlebotomy training may be within individual classes, but are more commonly offered as diploma or certificate programs. The training programs are a mixture of theory, lab studies and clinical education. Prior to starting the clinical education, the student may be required to provide proof of background and drug clearance, health insurance, health examination and current immunizations.
Phlebotomists usually have to complete formal training programs, although they may receive on-the-job training as well. Ohio doesn't require phlebotomists to be licensed; however, professional certification is available. To become certified, the candidate generally must complete a training program and pass a certification exam. Certification can be obtained through the American Medical Technologists, the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) and the American Association of Medical Personnel.
The 10 Ohio schools outlined below offer phlebotomy training programs that prepare students to take certification exams and work as phlebotomy technicians.
Columbus State Community College
The two-semester phlebotomy program at Columbus State Community College in Columbus is approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). The first semester entails theory and practical experience in an outpatient setting, while the second semester has clinical education in an inpatient setting. Clinical rotations are held in Columbus or nearby areas. Applicants must submit to fingerprinting and drug screenings prior to starting clinicals. Before starting the first class, the student must attend a mandatory orientation session.
Cuyahoga Community College
Located in Cleveland, Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) offers more than 140 career and technical programs each semester. Online courses and various campus locations make Tri-C a convenient option for Cleveland students. Tri-C's health careers department offers a laboratory phlebotomy short-term certificate program that can be completed in two semesters. Phlebotomy students have access to modern healthcare technology, clinical simulations and on-site training in medical facilities and healthcare centers. Students learn about biology, medical terminology, blood collection processes, healthcare ethics and phlebotomy procedures, and each student completes an eight-week supervised clinical internship.
Prior to the internship, students must submit to criminal background checks and drug screenings. After completion of the phlebotomy program, students are eligible to take the phlebotomy technician certification exam offered by the ASCP. This program is offered twice a year.
Edison State Community College
Edison State Community College, located in Piqua, prepares students for employment and transfer to four-year colleges. The school's phlebotomy program includes courses in introduction to healthcare, medical terminology, computer concepts and phlebotomy techniques. A phlebotomy seminar is taken concurrently with a 115-hour unpaid internship. The student will demonstrate his or her ability to perform venipuncture and take a mock certification exam.
EHOVE Career Center
Located between Toledo and Cleveland in Milan, EHOVE Career Center is a public school that offers professional training, certification training programs, advanced technology, career guidance and flexible training schedules. Once of several health career programs offered at EHOVE Career Center, the patient care technician program prepares students to become CNAs, EKG technicians or phlebotomists. The 750-hour program consists of three modules. The first module, consisting of 131 hours, teaches medical terminology and nursing assistant training. The second module, which is 286 hours, includes the study of anatomy and physiology, health care, patient care skills and unit coordinator training. The final module includes a 48-hour section on EKG, a 75-hour phlebotomy course and a 200-hour unpaid internship to help the student obtain hands-on training.
Northwest State Community College
The Allied Health & Public Services Division of Northwest State Community College in Archbold offers a phlebotomy certificate program that students can complete in two semesters. The 30-credit hour program includes courses in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, health care ethics, medical office procedures and general psychology; students also complete an externship. Requirements for the externship include CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) for Healthcare Provider and First Aid certification, a criminal background check, completed health/immunization form and a signed confidentiality agreement. Prerequisite courses are high school biology and chemistry.
O.C. Collins Career Center
O.C. Collins Career Center in Chesapeake is a public school that offers various career training to adults and high school students. As one of several healthcare programs offered at the school, the 1,000-hour patient care technician program prepares students for employment in several health-related careers. Course topics include medical terminology, computer literacy, basic patient skills, phlebotomy, nurse assistant training and basic electrocardiology. Students learn through lectures, lab classes and clinical practice. When training is completed, the student will be qualified to take certification exams for phlebotomy, nursing assistant, first aid, CPR and EKG registry.
Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center
Serving both Pickaway and Ross Counties, Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center is a vocational technical school in Chillicothe. In addition to having an adult education center, the school also offers 20 technical programs to high school students, as well as consulting services to local industries. Students interested in studying phlebotomy can choose from a 100-hour phlebotomy course or a 600-hour patient care technician program that includes phlebotomy training as part of the curriculum.
Both courses are offered at the Circleville campus and both prepare students to take the phlebotomy certification exam; however, students completing the patient care technician program are also eligible to take certification exams for blood borne pathogens and nurse aide, among others.
Sinclair Community College
This public school in Dayton has five locations throughout the Miami Valley area of Ohio. It offers more than 180 programs and 1,400 courses. The clinical phlebotomy certificate program consists of one classroom/lab course and a clinical practicum course, which entails 105 hours of unpaid clinical rotations. After completion of the program, students will be able to perform venipuncture, understand blood diagnostic processes and use blood collection equipment.
Southern State Community College
At this Hillsboro college, individuals have almost 40 certificate and degree program options, including the phlebotomy certificate program that can be completed in two semesters, if attending full-time. General education courses may be completed prior to entering the program or during the first semester. The program has a limited enrollment, with eligible students admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Students take courses in medical terminology, allied health, medical law and ethics, human biology and emergency medical procedures. A phlebotomy practicum is also included in the curriculum, but students must meet health and safety requirements before starting the clinical practicum. The practicum requires the performance of 100 successful venipunctures and 25 successful skin punctures, along with a laboratory orientation.
Washington County Career Center - Adult Technical Training
The phlebotomy course at this Marietta school prepares students to take the ASCP certification exam to earn the certified phlebotomist credential. Students learn to collect blood using a syringe, vacutainer and a micro-collection, while also learning to safely transport samples. The candidate also learns to draw blood from people of all ages. The curriculum includes 52 classroom hours and 120 hours of clinical education. Students attend class on Saturdays, but clinical days and times may vary.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Phlebotomy Classes or Programs Offered||Program Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*|
|Columbus State Community College||Two-year, public; large city||Phlebotomy Certificate|| $4,284 (in-state)
|Cuyahoga Community College District||Two-year, public; large city||Laboratory Phlebotomy Certificate|| $3,436 (in-district)
|Edison State Community College||Two-year, public; fringe rural||Phlebotomy Short-Term Technical Certificate|| $4,698 (in-state)
|EHOVE Career Center||Two-year, public; fringe rural||Patient Care Technician Certificate of Completion||$11,799|
|Northwest State Community College||Two-year, public; distant rural||Phlebotomy Technician Certificate|| $4,098 (in-state)
|O.C. Collins Career Center||Two-year, public; fringe rural||Patient Care Technician Certificate of Completion||$5,000**|
|Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center||Less than two-year, public; distant rural|| Phlebotomy Course,
Patient Care Technician Course
|Sinclair Community College||Two-year, public; midsize city||Clinical Phlebotomy Technical Certificate of Completion|| $2,870 (in-district)
|Southern State Community College||Two-year, public; distant town||Phlebotomy Certificate|| $5,012 (in-state)
|Washington County Career Center - Adult Technical Training||Two-year, public; fringe rural||Phlebotomy Course||$1,890**|
Source: *NCES College Navigator, ** School's website