Phlebotomy Training

Phlebotomy Training (MLA3022) provides theory and clinical experiences needed for the proper collection of blood and other specimens used for diagnostic testing. Emphasis is placed on ethics, legalities, medical terminology, safety and universal precautions, health care delivery systems, patient relations, anatomy and physiology, and specimen collection. Upon completion, students should be able to safely perform procedures necessary for specimen collections on patients in various health care settings and may be eligible for national certification as phlebotomy technicians.

Program Specific Requirements

  • One of the academic admission requirements.
  • Must be 18 years of age prior to course completion.
  • Written documentation of high school diploma, official transcript, or equivalency.
  • Must be able to perform clinical responsibilities.
  • 2-step Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) – current and negative, or documentation of negative chest x-ray or TB screening from primary care provider or health department. (A two-step Tuberculin Skin Test is normally performed with the first placement performed and read, then 7-10 days later a second placement is performed and read. Currently, proof of two Tuberculin Skin Test placed and read within the last 365 days, and that will remain current through the end of clinical, is acceptable.)
  • Flu Vaccine – current through end of clinical. (These are seasonal and may be unavailable at times.)
  • MMR (completed or started) or a positive titer. (Series = two immunization in most cases)
  • Hepatitis B (completed or started) or positive titer. (Series = three immunizations)
  • Varicella series (completed or started) or positive titer (Series = two immunizations)
  • Adult Tetanus or Tdap in last 10 years.
  • A background check through the vendor contracted with Edgecombe Community College must be completed by the end of the day on the 3rd day of class or students will be de-enrolled. Students should be aware that the background check required by the clinical agency has to be completed by the set due date in order to provide the clinical agency time for review and to determine clinical participation eligibility. Students should prepare and plan for payment of background upon registering for the class. Students not completing this as required will be de-enrolled.
  • Drug Screens may be required by clinical agencies – guidelines will be discussed during orientation to class. Students should be aware that drug screens required by the clinical agency have to be completed by the set due date in order to provide the clinical agency time for review. Students should prepare and plan to payment of the drug screen upon registering for the class. Students not completing this as required will be de-enrolled.

*Students may be registered for classes who do not have all immunizations complete. However, the student must stay current on the series of immunizations due. At a minimum for registration, the first TB skin test must be completed and the first of each series of immunizations must be completed. If a student does not stay in compliance with the immunization requirements clinical activities may be prohibited.

*Staff registering students will not register students who have not completed and provided written proof of the minimum immunizations requirements and proof of high school completion.*Staff registering students will provide the student with the appropriate background instruction sheet upon registration. Drug tests will be discussed during course orientation.

Tuition & Fees

  • $195.50
  • Additional costs for textbooks, uniforms, criminal background checks, or drug screens when required
  • Books are available in the bookstore and are needed on the first day of class

*Clinical hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, with some Wednesdays 11 a.m.-8 p.m. based on the clinical site. The schedule is a rotation type schedule so students will only be in clinical for a 13-day rotation, after which a different student will begin. The clinical schedule is completed and the rotations are assigned after students have enrolled and other clinical requirements are completed, usually about six to eight weeks after the first day of class.


Brittany Harrelson
(252) 823-5166, ext. 293

Jennifer Norville
(252) 823-5166, ext. 202