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There are many schools in North Carolina that offer certificate programs in phlebotomy. Such programs can take relatively little time to complete, requiring around 12-15 credit hours; a certificate may be earned in one semester in some cases. Such programs do not include general education classes, but do allow for students to practice their skills in a supervised setting through practicum and clinical opportunities. All programs described below require that students have a high school diploma or GED certificate, meet immunization requirements and pass a criminal background check.
Asheville - Buncombe Technical Community College
Located in Asheville, Asheville - Buncombe Technical Community College's phlebotomy certificate program is approved by the NAACLS. The program includes three courses for a total of 12 credit hours. Two courses teach students the skills they'll need to collect blood and other medical specimens. One includes classroom instruction on ethics, anatomy and the theory of phlebotomy, while the other is a practicum that gives students experience in the field. Phlebotomy students also take a course in interpersonal psychology.
Cleveland Community College
At Cleveland Community College in Shelby, admission to the one-semester phlebotomy certificate program is competitive, with only 15 students admitted per semester. Applicants are awarded points for their grades in college courses, including psychology and biology. Students complete training in phlebotomy theory and hone their skills through a practicum. They also complete a course in social relationships or one in applied or general psychology.
College of the Albemarle
College of the Albemarle offers a phlebotomy certificate program at its campus in Edenton. Students learn about phlebotomy in the classroom and through lab work; in the second half of the 16-week program, students gain practical experience in local healthcare facilities. The program consists of 15 credit hours of study and includes courses in personal computer use and psychology, in addition to the phlebotomy technology course and practicum.
Davidson County Community College
Students at Davidson County Community College in Thomasville can earn a phlebotomy certificate with 12 credit hours of coursework. The program includes a course in either interpersonal psychology or general psychology, in addition to a course in phlebotomy technology and a practicum. The program includes instruction in methods of obtaining specimens, math used in calculations and medical ethics.
Gaston College in Dallas offers its phlebotomy certificate program only in the spring semester. Only 12 to 15 students are admitted annually, and applicants may gain additional consideration for admission by having cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training, nursing assistant certification, a college degree, or completed college courses in math, anatomy or psychology. The phlebotomy certificate program requires 12 credit hours of study. Included is a course in life span development that can be replaced by developmental psychology. Students must complete a ten-week classroom phlebotomy course and a six-week internship.
Nash Community College
Nash Community College offers a 12-semester-hour phlebotomy certificate program at the college's Rocky Mount campus. The program consists of an eight-week classroom and lab course in phlebotomy technology, plus an eight-week practicum totaling 132 hours in which students practice their skills in a real-world setting. A course in interpersonal psychology is also required.
Southwestern Community College
At Southwestern Community College in Sylva, phlebotomy students take their phlebotomy coursework online during the first eight weeks of the program. They need to come to campus for lab work during that time. The final eight weeks of the program are spent in a clinical rotation at area healthcare facilities. The program also calls for a psychology course that can be taken prior to enrolling or in the same semester. Upon graduation, students can take the certification exam offered by ASCP.
Wake Technical Community College
Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh offers phlebotomy certificate programs in both the fall and spring semesters. The program is approved by the NAACLS. Students get theory and skills training during the first eight weeks of the program and take a course in interpersonal psychology. During the final eight weeks, they gain 132 hours of clinical experience in area healthcare facilities, completing at least 100 venipunctures and 25 capillary punctures. They are also evaluated on professionalism and work ethic. Graduates are eligible for certification exams offered by ASCP and the National Crediting Agency (NCA), among other organizations.
Wayne Community College
Wayne Community College in Goldsboro offers a one-semester program that leads to a certificate in phlebotomy. Students take a course in phlebotomy technology and a practicum that allows them to gain hands-on experience. They also complete an applied psychology course. Admission is limited, and a ranking tool is used to determine who will be selected. The average class size is 15.
While North Carolina does not license phlebotomists, the phlebotomy training programs offered by many of the state's colleges meet accrediting requirements set by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) or qualify graduates for certification by professional organizations, such as the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).
Read on for more information about the phlebotomy training programs offered by schools throughout North Carolina and find a comparison table with institutions' settings and tuition costs.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Phlebotomy Training Offered||Program Cost (2015-16)|
|Asheville - Buncombe Technical Community College||Two-year, public; small city||Phlebotomy Certificate||$912 in-state, $3,216 out-of-state*|
|Cleveland Community College||Two-year, public; fringe town||Phlebotomy Certificate||$864, in-state; $3,168, out-of-state*|
|College of the Albemarle||Two-year, public; distant town||Phlebotomy Certificate||$ 1,140, in-state; $4,020, out-of-state|
|Davidson County Community College||Two-year, public; fringe rural||Phlebotomy Certificate||$912, in-state; $ 3,216, out-of-state*|
|Gaston College||Two-year, public; midsize suburb||Phlebotomy Technician Certificate||$912, in-state; $3,216, out-of-state*|
|Nash Community College||Two-year, public; rural||Phlebotomy Certificate||$912, in-state; $3,216, out-of-state*|
|Southwestern Community College||Two-year, public; distant town||Phlebotomy Certificate||$948, in-state; $3,252, out-of-state*|
|Wake Technical Community College||Two-year, public; large suburb||Phlebotomy Certificate||$912, in-state; $3,216, out-of-state*|
|Wayne Community College||Two-year, public; small city||Phlebotomy Certificate||$912, in-state; $3,216, out-of-state*|
Source: *Schools' websites