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Phlebotomy Certificate


Phlebotomists draw blood for tests, transfusions, research or blood donations. They primarily work in hospitals, ambulatory centers, clinics, medical and diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers, and doctors’ offices. Whether you work in a laboratory, blood bank or hospital, phlebotomists are a crucial part of the allied healthcare community and can work in a variety of healthcare environments. 

Certification Eligibility

In addition to classroom and laboratory requirements, graduates of the COTC phlebotomy program complete more than 100 hours of hands-on clinical experience and are eligible for three potential certifications. 


Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the phlebotomy program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of human body structure, function and pathology.
  2. Perform venipuncture andmicro-skinn puncture procedures safely.
  3. Maintain and evaluate patient sample integrity.
  4. Demonstrate a professional attitude in appearance, work ethic and laboratory safety.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge and skills related to quality assurance procedures.

Frequently Asked Questions

What classes are needed if I want to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology exam?

Students must complete: 

  • HLT 140 – Phlebotomy
  • HTL 145 – Phlebotomy Lab
  • HLT 150 – Phlebotomy Clinical

More information can be found on the American Society for Clinical Pathology website.

If I only complete the classes needed to take the national licensure exam, do I also earn the Phlebotomy Certificate from COTC? 

No. Students must complete the full Phlebotomy Certificate Plan of Study to earn a certificate from COTC. 

What are the benefits of completing the Phlebotomy Certificate at COTC?

  • Students who complete the Phlebotomy Certificate at COTC are eligible to sit for a total of three certification exams and can become certified in multiple areas for increased marketability and employability in the healthcare field: 
  • Students who pursue the Phlebotomy Certificate are eligible for financial aid.
    • Students who only complete the three courses to sit for the National Phlebotomy Association exam, are not eligible for financial aid (but may be eligible for the short-term certificate state grant).

Can I take classes online or face-to-face?

Students pursuing a healthcare certificate should expect to take classes face-to-face to experience hands-on learning. Medical Terminology and Nutrition classes may be offered online. 

Can I pursue an associate degree after I complete the Phlebotomy certificate?

Students who complete a healthcare certificate are encouraged to keep going because they are well on their way to completing the Associate of Applied Science in Health Services Technology at COTC.

What type of financial assistance is available to help me pay for college? 

COTC awards $1 million in scholarships to students each year!

Every student is encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for grants, scholarships and loans. 

Students who complete a FAFSA are automatically considered for some scholarships. Other scholarships require an application. 

Connect with the Office of Student Financial Services at 740.366.9435 or email NWK-studentfinancialservices@mail.cotc.edu.