Jul 24, 2024  
Spring 2023 Academic Catalog 
Spring 2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Phlebotomy, Advanced Skill Set

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Sherri Craddock, Phlebotomy Program Coordinator

Program Purpose

This advanced skill set is designed to prepare students to enter the workforce as entry level phlebotomists. This skill set will be earned as part of the Medical Laboratory Assistant Program or qualified candidates can complete the skill set only.  This program can be completed in one semester. If this is the student’s only major, it may not be financial aid eligible.

Admission to the Program

Admission into the Phlebotomy Advanced Skill Set is based upon the following criteria:

  1. Apply to Pierpont Community and Technical College for the term you want to begin the program and meet the general admission requirements or be a current student
    1. First-time students should select “Health Sciences: Phlebotomy” as their educational goal on their application.
    2. Current students will need to complete a Change of Major form and select “Phlebotomy (Adv Skill Set)” as their requested major.
  2. Have a high school and/or college GPA of 2.0 or better or passing score on High School Equivalency Exam.

Qualified students are accepted until capacity is met.

*Students can begin the program in the fall or spring semesters.

Program Requirements

  • Students must pass a criminal background clearance check, meet health and immunization requirements, and drug testing.
  • Students must be able to meet the essential functions of the program and classes, with or without accommodations.
  • Students will need to provide their own transportation to assigned clinical sites.

Students must complete each course in the Phlebotomy program model schedule with a grade of “C” or higher and maintain an overall 2.0 GPA to remain in the program.  Students who receive a “D” or “F” in a course must repeat the course before continuing in the program’s course sequence.  If students receive two such grades in the same course, they will be removed from the program.   

Readmission to the Phlebotomy Advanced Skill Set will be determined on an individual basis. The decision will be made on the basis of the student’s prior academic performance in the program, the student’s qualifications when compared to other applicants, and the availability of space on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Clinical Affiliates

The Phlebotomy Advanced Skill Set course LABA 2205  is currently affiliated with several medical institutions where students obtain practical experience in blood drawing techniques. Students are required to have background clearances, submit health documentation, and meet essential functions of the program before attending clinical placements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program the student will be able to:

  1. Collect quality samples for medical laboratory testing.
  2. Identify pre-examination variables that may adversely affect medical laboratory test results.
  3. Demonstrate professional qualities of a phlebotomist.  
  4. Practice phlebotomy, employing laboratory safety protocols.


Phlebotomists are employed in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, and industry. Credits earned through the Phlebotomy Advanced Skill Set may be applied to the Medical Laboratory Assistant certificate program or another Associate degree program in the Pierpont C&TC School of Health Sciences. Some credits may be transferred to a baccalaureate degree program. According to a recent national wage and vacancy survey conducted by The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), the average annual salary for phlebotomists is $25,000-30,000.

Med Lab Asst and Phlebotomy Handbook 2022  

Additional Note

Students seeking admission into an Associate degree program in the School of Health Sciences are encouraged to complete BIOY 1171 , “Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory,” during the first semester of the program.

Notice to All Students

  • Annual Notification: All career and technical education courses and programs are offered at Pierpont regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, or disability.
  • Advanced Skill Set and Skill Set programs do not qualify for financial aid. Students seeking financial aid eligible degrees may incorporate the classes as electives when their schedule allows or may declare an associate or certificate degree in which the skill set and advanced skill set courses are embedded.
  • Students are reminded to review campus policies and procedures as stated in the catalog.

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