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Phlebotomy Technician (CD) Program Temporarily Suspended

Certificate of Development · Program Code: 178 · Credit Hours: 16-17 ∙ Contact Hours: 24-26

Dean: Brent LaFaive

A phlebotomy technician practices blood-collection techniques that include venipunctures and skin punctures to provide samples for lab analysis. Students will learn:

  • Techniques and procedures to assist in various lab procedures;
  • To recognize conditions that alter specimen collections handling and test results;
  • To determine appropriate specimen collection supplies and equipment;
  • How to assure appropriateness of lab tests;
  • Communication techniques with laboratories, medical providers and patients;
  • How to provide the best care possible and assure specimen integrity.

Upon successful completion of the PHLB program, students may write the exam for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Phlebotomy Technician (PbT) Certification.  North Central offers NCCT (National Center for Competency Testing) on campus for Phlebotomy program graduates.


Important Program Information

Only 12 students will be admitted into the Phlebotomy program each academic year. The application process for the program is selective: application to the program does not guarantee admission. Applicants will be ranked for admission using academic criteria. Students must successfully complete program general education courses with a C+ or better and complete the application process by the application deadline.

The Application Deadline is July 1 of each year. The deadline will be extended if the program has openings.

Students are strongly encouraged to consult with the Dean of Nursing, Allied Health and Science early in the application process for advising concerning completion of general education courses, specific admission requirements and coordination with other Allied Health programs (e.g. Medical Assistant, CNA).

Applicant selection is finalized with the review of grades. Notification of acceptance occurs in early August. Phlebotomy Technician program course requirements are taken in the fall (PHLB 101 ) and winter semesters (PHLB 102 ).  Students may be required to travel distances and participate in evening and/or weekend rotations.

Phlebotomy Program Requirements

  • Proof of high school diploma or GED;
  • Must be at least 18 years of age;
  • Apply and complete the North Central admission process;
  • Complete and submit a Health Science Application by the deadline date;
  • Successfully complete general education requirements listed below with a C+ or above in each course before admission to the Phlebotomy program;
  • A criminal background check will be conducted.  Students may be denied admission based on the results of the criminal background check.

General Education Requirements: 9-10 Credit Hours


*must be completed with a C+ (2.33 GPA) or better to enter PHLB 102  

Suggested Sequence for Full-­Time Students:

Semester II (Fall)