Phlebotomy Technician Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Phlebotomy technicians draw blood from patients and prepare it for lab testing, research, transfusion or donation. Training for this job is available through undergraduate programs at two-year community colleges and technical schools throughout the United States.

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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
$6,637 Out-of-state
Long Beach City College Long Beach, California 2-year, Public Certificate $1,182 In-state
$7,398 Out-of-state
Oakland Community College Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 2-year, Public Certificate
$2,745 In-district
$5,235 In-state
$7,305 Out-of-state
De Anza College Cupertino, California 2-year, Public Certificate
$1,542 In-state
$8,382 Out-of-state
Cuyahoga Community College District Cleveland, Ohio 2-year, Public Certificate $3,136 In-district
$3,953 In-state
$7,648 Out-of-state
Community College of Allegheny County Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2-year, Public Certificate $3,999 In-district
$7,298 In-state
$10,440 Out-of-state
Lansing Community College Lansing, Michigan 2-year, Public Certificate $3,020 In-district
$5,660 In-state
$8,300 Out-of-state
Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2-year, Public Diploma $4,360 In-state
$6,286 Out-of-state
Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny, Iowa 2-year, Public Certificate $3,913 In-state
$7,825 Out-of-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.

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