Phlebotomy Technician

Job Description

The phlebotomist collects blood samples for a variety of reasons, including medical testing, blood transfusion and blood donation. Blood is collected primarily through venipuncture, though other methods may be used including finger-stick, heel-stick or butterfly needles.

Employment Outlook

According to the CT Department of Labor , the 2016 average hourly wage for phlebotomists is $18.56 per hour. Most phlebotomists are hired to work at hospitals, laboratories, ambulatory care settings, physician offices and employment services.

Registration Requirements

Registration for all non-credit allied health courses must be done in person at the Registrar’s Office.  Students cannot register over the phone or online for these courses.

All students must:

  1. Have a high school diploma or GED.
  2. Pass a free MCC reading assessment test OR
  3. Show an unofficial/official transcript with proof of a passing grade in a college-level course

Free assessment tests are given at the Testing Center in SSC L131a. Please check the current Credit-Free catalog for Testing Center hours. No appointment is necessary. You may go directly to room SSC L-131a to take the test.  Please bring your photo ID and your high school diploma or GED with you.

Important Items to Complete After Registering

After registering for the course, students will be mailed an information packet with many time-sensitive items to complete.  Students must complete a drug screening and criminal background check (an approximate $72 fee through MCC provider, Castle Branch).  Complete these ASAP as results of these screenings may take up to two weeks to receive.

Students who fail either the drug screening or criminal background check can not participate in the course.  Any criminal record or drug result will result in disqualification from the course. Course refunds will NOT be granted due to failure of either the criminal background check or drug screening, unless a written refund request is received on or prior to the last business day before the first class meeting.

Please note: A completed medical form is required the first day of classes to show evidence that the student is immunized and will not be putting patients at risk.  Students can download the medical form.  It will also be mailed out to students in the above mentioned information packet after registering for the course.

Program Description

The Phlebotomy certification program is designed to prepare students with the entry-level skills needed to work as a phlebotomist. This course combines classroom lecture with hands-on practice, including an off-site clinical rotation at an Eastern Connecticut Health Network facility in the Manchester area. Students will begin the hands-on training in class and will progress onto the clinical rotation. Topics include basic medical terminology, anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system, arterial puncture procedures, blood collection equipment, laboratory procedures, quality assurance, universal precautions and infection control, specimen handling, collection procedures, and complications with an emphasis on pediatrics and the elderly.

Successful course completion requires a minimum grade of 70, a minimum 100 clinical hours and 100 successful, unaided blood draws. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology certification exam.

Time Commitment

This course meets twice a week for 14 weeks, for a total of 26 classroom sessions (14 Tuesdays, 12 Thursdays). Additionally, mandatory clinical rotation will be assigned, weekdays 7 a.m.-5 p.m. at ECHN facilities in the area.

Payment Information

Course Fee: $1,460
Textbook Fee: approximately $73
American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Certification Exam Fee: $135

Payment for the course in full ($1,460) is due at the time of registration.

More Information

For more information about the Phlebotomy certification program, please see the “Allied Health” section of the latest credit-free catalog or contact the Continuing Education Allied Health Coordinator.

Manchester Community College

Lorraine Doonan
Allied Health Program Coordinator
Credit-Free Programs, Continuing Education Division
860-512-2826