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 (DOL), 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.

Admission Requirements

Have you earned college credit?

IF YES: Bring a photo ID and a copy of your transcript and proceed directly to the Registrar’s Office to sign up. IF NO: You must take a reading comprehension test at no cost.

To take a comprehension test, call 860-512-2826 to set up an appointment to meet with the Program Coordinator of Credit-free Allied Health programs.  Please bring a photo ID and your high school diploma or GED with you. The test is usually given Tuesday through Thursday between the hours of 1-5 p.m. and on Friday’s between 1-4 p.m. (except holidays), until the class fills.

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. Download Medical Form.

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 (ECHN) 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 (ASCP) 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 AM-5 PM, 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 in full is due at the time of registration.

Easy Ways to Register

Online registration is not available for this course. Register for the Free Phlebotomy Technician Information Session by calling the registrar at 860-512-3232.

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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
Credit-Free Programs
Michelle Fuhrman, M.S.
Continuing Education Allied Health Program Coordinator