Phlebotomy Technician Certificate Program

ZALL-008 Phlebotomy Technician Certificate Program
(Approximately 166 hours including clinical placement.)
Fee:$1,895 includes required textbooks, liability insurance, and NHA Certification Exam.
This does not include cost of your drug testing.

Schedule - Fall 2016 - Program is Full - Check back for Spring 2017 Dates

Class times are 5:00 to 9:00pm unless otherwise noted.

August 29, 31
September 6, 7
Sat Sept 10, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Sept 12, 14, 19, 21, 26
October 3, 12, 17, 24
November 2, 7, 14, 28
Dec 5, 12 final

Tentative Affiliation Dates

Clinical Sessions are held during the day and times may vary depending on the affiliated medical facility

Session 1 -Oct 24- Nov 4
Session 2 - Nov 7-Nov 18
Session 3- Nov 28- Dec 9

Program Description

A phlebotomist is a professionally trained and certified person who works in a hospital, clinical laboratory, or health-care facility and obtains blood specimens by Venipuncture and microtechniques.  In addition to technical, clerical, and interpersonal skills, the phlebotomist must develop strong organizational skills to handle a heavy workload efficiently and maintain accuracy, often under stressful conditions.

Major duties and responsibilities of the phlebotomist include:

  • Correct identification of the patient before collecting samples

  • Collection of the appropriate amount of blood by Venipuncture or skin puncture

  • Selection of the appropriate specimen containers

  • Correct labeling of all specimens

  • Appropriate transportation of specimens to the laboratory

  • Effective interaction with patients and other personnel in the workplace

  • Performance of computer operations and record keeping related to phlebotomy

  • Adherence to all OSHA safety regulations

This non-credit course is designed to prepare an individual to perform venipuncture and capillary puncture in order to obtain blood specimens for diagnostic procedures.

Major topics to be covered in this course include:

  • Anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system 

  • Safety and confidentiality 

  • Venipuncture technique and complications of venipuncture 

  • Patient relations and communication 

  • Capillary puncture 

  • Lab tests and miscellaneous procedures 

  • Infection control

  • Quality control and processing of specimens 

  • Multiskilling

This program also requires completion of a 2-3 week, full-time clinical placement at an affiliate so individuals must ensure that they have time available to complete this component of the course before applying. Since assignments of clinical placements are at the discretion of the course instructor and may be at locations that are a considerable distance from Springfield, MA, reliable transportation is essential.

This program has been approved by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) and individuals who complete this program will be prepared to take NHA's Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) exam as well as other national certification exams.

Certification Exam  Registration

NHA Exam Registration Instructions (PDF File)


  1. At least 18 years of age within 3 weeks of the class start date.

  2.  English grammar, writing, and speaking skills equivalent to at least the 8th grade level. Assessment doneat STCC

  3. High School Diploma or completed HiSet (Formally known as G.E.D.)

  4. Satisfactory report on a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI)/Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check to be conducted by the College. Students MUST come the office with a current photo ID to complete this paperwork.

  5. Satisfactory report on the Criminal Background Check

    • (National 7 year check) - Details about this check are still being finalized as of June 3rd

  6. Undergo and pass a drug test. An 11 panel NON DOT drug screen with expanded opiates to be on file PRIOR to the start of the clinical portion of the program. Testing is for: Amphetamines, Barbiturates, Benzodiazepines, Cocaine, Marijuana, Methamphetamines, Methadone, Opiates, Oxycodone, Phencyclidine, and Ecstasy.

    • Details about this test are still being finalized as of June 3, 2016.

    • If a student occupies a seat in the class and later fails the drug test, they will not receive a refund. Details about where, when and the cost of this drug screen are being finalized. The cost of the test will be paid by the student.

    • This must be completed during the enrollment process. Any student who does not meet this requirements at least 14 days prior to scheduled start date will be removed from the class roster.

  7. Students enrolled in the non-credit healthcare programs (CNA, EMT, Phlebotomy) are required to submit vaccination records:

    • Tdap within 10 years

    • Immunity to measles (two live-vaccine doses or positive titer results)

    • Immunity to mumps (two live-vaccine doses or positive titer results)

    • Immunity to rubella (two live-vaccine doses or positive titer results)

    • Influenza: Recommended: Required by some clinical affiliation sites

    • Immunity to hepatitis B (three vaccine doses or positive titer results)

      • Dose 1 done at 0 months

      • Dose 2 done at 1 month

      • Dose 3 done at 6 months

      • Titer copy of lab report required

    • Varicella Required: (Two doses of Varicella vaccine or positive titer results.)

    • Tuberculosis - Required Annual Screening

    • Initial 2 step PPD (Mantoux tests) plus annual PPD testing (some clinical sites require more frequent testing)

    • If positive PPD, either:

    • Annual tuberculosis serology (T-spot)

      • Annual chest x-ray and tuberculosis questionnaire

    • Students must have a minimum of a TB verification prior to classes starting

  8. A physical exam (form attached below) is required from each student enrolled in a health field, Early Childhood Education, or who participates in athletics. Students must have had a physical exam within the last year, prior to the start of classes.

    • If a student does not have a medical provider for this physical exam, they can obtain an exam from STCC Health Services for a cost of $50.00. (Please contact 755-4385 to make arrangements)

  9. Students must have documentation that ALL immunization requirements have been met prior at least 30 days prior to the clinical sessions. (It is anticipated that the clinical component for this course will begin within approximately 30 days after the start of the program.)

    • Any student that does not meet this requirement will not be able to remain in the course and will be withdrawn from the program. Note that certain medical clearances may take several weeks to complete.

Health History Forms & Requirements

Health History Form
All students are asked to submit a Health History Form each year. This form lists medications, allergies, emergency contacts, etc.

Health Record Requirements
All students enrolled either in a health field or Early Childhood Education must submit immunization records. This form lists the requirements.

Student Physical Exam Form
All students enrolled either in a health field or Early Childhood Education must submit a record of a recent physical exam. This form is also for student athletes.

Tuberculosis Questionnaire
This form is for students that have a history of a positive tuberculosis test. This form must be submitted annually.

Financing Your Training Needs
Financing  Your Education

Suggested Enrollment Process

With the requirements listed above, students can enroll online BUT MUST come to STCC Building 16, Room 146 with other information immediately!

To Enroll Online:

  1.  Click: ‘On Line Registration’ on the left side of this webpage.

  2. Click on Search and Register for Workforce Training Classes

  3. Type in ‘Phlebotomy' and hit Submit

  4. Carefully click the SELECT box for the course that you want to take. There may be several choices so make sure you select the right course and dates

  5. Enter in your personal and credit card information. Your receipt will be immediately emailed to you. It should have the Building and Classroom for the course.

    • If it does not, check with our office at 755 4225 a few weeks prior to the class to confirm the room numbers.

  6. Come to campus as soon as possible for CORI and Medical Clearance information. (see below)

To Enroll in Person:

Go to STCC Building 16, Room 146 to register for the course or call 755 4225