The Laboratory Phlebotomy Short-Term Certificate is a skills-oriented program designed to educate and train persons to skillfully collect blood specimens in a variety of situations. The curriculum includes introduction to blood collection, special blood collecting techniques, medical terminology, medical ethics, asepsis, human biology, and an eight-week period of clinical hands-on experience in a hospital or medical clinic.

The skill of phlebotomy is part of the Medical Laboratory Technology (Clinical Laboratory Science) profession. Students can apply their technical credits in phlebotomy to the Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Laboratory Technology. 

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This certificate will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the certificate, please notify the Office of the Registrar at RegistrarOffice@tri-c.edu.

Learn more here, and here about how certificate credits apply to the related degree.

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Program Admission Requirements

  • Rolling admissions. Program starts spring (classroom based daytime lecture/labs) and fall semesters (distance learning lecture/evening labs) of each year. Refer to program website for specific/additional scheduling: http://www.tri-c.edu/programs/healthcareers/Phlebotomy/Pages/default.aspx. Application may be submitted to the Health Career Enrollment Center while enrolled in final prerequisite courses.
  • High School Diploma/GED
  • ENG-0990 Language Fundamentals II or appropriate score on English Placement Test.
  • MATH-0955 Beginning Algebra or appropriate score on Math Placement Test.
  • Complete the following:
    • MA-1020 Medical Terminology I
    • BIO-1050 Human Biology (also accept BIO-1221 Anatomy and Physiology for Diagnostic Medical Imaging, BIO-2341 Anatomy and Physiology II or BIO-234A in place of BIO-1050)
    • ESL (English as a Second Language) Students: completion of TOEFL test
  • GPA required: 2.50 admissions requirements/core courses

Other Information

  • 24 students accepted per semester, contingent upon availability of clinical sites.
  • All science and math courses must have been completed within seven years of application submission, and may only be repeated once to improve a grade. Applicants with bachelor’s or higher degree in sciences may have seven year limit on science and math courses waived (contact program manager).
  • Time limit on core courses prior to application: seven years.
  • Criminal background check required
  • English as a Second Language students will be required to take and pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with minimum scores of: Reading 21, Listening 22, Writing 23, and Speaking 24. Submit scores with Health Careers Application to the Health Careers Enrollment Center.
  • Upon acceptance to the program and prior to placement at a clinical site, student must submit evidence of good health/physical exam, current immunization status, current health insurance, and current certification in CPR.
  • Accepted candidates will be required to attend a program orientation after acceptance into the program.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of communications, personal and patient interaction, stress management, professional behavior, and the legal implications of this work environment.
  2. Perform proper infection control techniques and safety measures to protect patient, co-workers and community.
  3. Apply knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of body systems and anatomic terminology in order to relate major area of the clinical laboratory to general pathologic conditions associated with the body systems.
  4. Demonstrate proper techniques using appropriate equipment to perform venipuncture and capillary puncture while maintaining quality assurance during and after specimen acquisition.
  5. Meet eligibility requirements to sit for American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Registry Examination or equivalent.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
BIO-1050 Human Biology 1 3
MA-1020 Medical Terminology I 3
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Microcomputer Applications  
Honors Introduction to Microcomputer Applications  
Select one of the following: 3
Bioethics  
Honors Bioethics  
 Credit Hours12
Second Semester
MLT-1300 Introduction to Blood Collection 2 3
MLT-1850 Medical Laboratory Practicum I 2 3
MLT-2970 Advanced Phlebotomy 3 1
 Credit Hours7
 Total Credit Hours19