According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, most phlebotomy technicians get the training they need through undergraduate certificate or diploma programs. However, some schools also offer relevant associate's degree programs.
Schools with Phlebotomy Technician Programs
The following schools offer phlebotomy technician programs:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)*|
|Santa Rosa Junior College||Santa Rosa, California||2-year, Public||Certificate|| $1,318 In-state
|Long Beach City College||Long Beach, California||2-year, Public||Certificate|| $1,182 In-state
|Oakland Community College||Bloomfield Hills, Michigan||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $2,745 In-district
|De Anza College||Cupertino, California||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $1,542 In-state
|Cuyahoga Community College District||Cleveland, Ohio||2-year, Public||Certificate|| $3,136 In-district
|Community College of Allegheny County||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||2-year, Public||Certificate|| $3,999 In-district
|Lansing Community College||Lansing, Michigan||2-year, Public||Certificate|| $3,020 In-district
|Milwaukee Area Technical College||Milwaukee, Wisconsin||2-year, Public||Diploma|| $4,360 In-state
|Des Moines Area Community College||Ankeny, Iowa||2-year, Public||Certificate|| $3,913 In-state
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Consider the following when looking for phlebotomy technician schools:
- Most employers prefer to hire students who have earned voluntary professional certifications, and certification is required in four states (CA, LA, NV, and WA). Prospective students may want to find out what the pass rate is for graduates on tests from certifying organizations such as the National Healthcareer Assocation (NHA) and the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).
- Prospective students may want to inquire about the school's laboratory and clinical training facilities, to ensure that they are up to date and that students will gain experience with industry-standard phlebotomy equipment.
- It can be helpful for students to find out where clinical practicums are conducted, in order to ensure that they gain hands-on experience in the setting in which they would like to work in the future, such as a major hospital or a small family clinic.
Certificate and Diploma Programs
Through a combination of lecture-based and laboratory coursework, certificate and diploma programs for aspiring phlebotomists cover topics including anatomy, physiology, lab safety, sample labeling, conducting lab tests, processing specimens and medical communication. Students may also gain hands-on experience through practicums or internships in the field. Graduates are prepared to take certification exams and/or get an entry-level job in the field. In total, these programs take one year or less to complete.
Associate's Degree Programs
Associate's degree programs specifically in phlebotomy are rare. More commonly, phlebotomist training is included as a certificate or concentration within a broader associate's degree program in medical assisting or health science. These programs provide a broad introduction to the basics of the healthcare field, and they also require students to fulfill general education requirements. Associate's degree programs take two years of full-time study to complete.
Students interested in phlebotomy can find technician training programs at numerous public community colleges. Students should seek programs that provide certification exam preparation and give students access to top-notch laboratory and clinical facilities.