Program of Study

Phlebotomy, Certificate

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Prefix Number Title Class Lab Clinical Credit
PBT*  100  Phlebotomy Technology
PBT* 101  Phlebotomy Practicum
PSY 150  General Psychology
    Totals 8 12 
Total Semester Hour Credits: 12
*Stated weekly hour requirements are based on a 16 week semester. PBT 101 runs the latter 8 weeks. This will increase the weekly hour requirements for lab and clinical.
NOTE: Meeting the following criteria allows for transition into the second semester of the Medical Laboratory Technology program:
  • Successful completion of Phlebotomy curriculum courses
  • Successful completion of BIO 110 or BIO 111 and MLT 116
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.8
The program has a limited enrollment and only admits a class in the fall of each year. Applications and all of Phase I must be completed by April 1. All three phases must be completed by the first day of classes. Students must be 18 years of age or older by August 15, in order to be accepted into the Phlebotomy program for Fall Semester. If all slots have not been filled after the above deadline, there may be extensions to the deadline. Please check with the Admissions Office about the status of the program.
PHASE I - To be completed by April 1
The applicant must:
1. If you are not currently enrolled at SCC complete an application to the college. Designate Phlebotomy Certificate (C45600) as the program of interest. If you are a current student, see Admissions to complete a change of major form if you wish to apply to the program.
2. Be a high school graduate or have earned a high school equivalency diploma (GED). Exception: current high school students.
3. Submit official copies of all transcripts (high school and college). Transcripts must be sent directly from the institution. It is the responsibility of the applicant to assure that all necessary records are sent to the College’s Admissions Office.
4. Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale of the most recent academic transcript with ten semester hours completed excluding developmental courses.
5. Meet the Southwestern Community College Placement Test requirement. This may be met by one of the following methods:
a) Take and pass the basic components of the Computerized Placement Test. These consist of algebra, arithmetic, reading comprehension, grammar and basic computer skills. The test is administered several times each week on the Jackson and Macon Campuses and is free of charge. To schedule a test session, contact Testing Services at extension 332. If you do not pass the basic components of the placement test, it is recommended that you enroll in and successfully complete the appropriate developmental coursework. If you are unsuccessful in achieving the appropriate cut-off scores in any component of the test, please see the academic retest policy.
Note: Students in Phlebotomy do not have to place out of the algebra portion of the placement test; however, continuance into other degree programs may require the student to place out of the algebra portion.
b) Appropriate SAT or ACT scores and successful completion of high school or college computer literacy course within the past six years. See admissions section for additional details.
c) Provide an official high school transcript indicating graduation within the last five years with a minimum unweighted GPA of 2.6 and completion of a "fourth math" beyond Algebra II.
d) Successful completion of a college-level math, English and computer literacy course.
6. Have a computer or access to a computer that is up to date (it does not have to be new, but it needs to be updated) with a web browser. Compatible web browsers are (Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox). Google Chrome is functional, however, not fully compatible yet.
7. Have access to a word processing application like Microsoft Office 2010, Open Office (freeware) or use Google Docs, included within the "Quick Launch Pad" in your "mySCC" page. If you have any questions regarding your online access to our college services, please review the online learning technical requirements here, or contact our IT Help Desk at 828.339.4409.
Phase II
Preliminary selection for 12 slots will be based on those students with the top 12 GPAs who have completed Phase I requirements. Students who have not completed Phase I requirements by April 1 will be considered for acceptance if slots are available. The identified individuals will receive provisional acceptance and move to Phase III of the admissions requirements.

Phase III
Those individuals who are notified of provisional acceptance status will be provided with SCC health forms to be completed by the appropriate medical personnel. The completed medical forms must indicate that you are capable of meeting the physical requirements of the program. Also, the Phlebotomy Technical/Academic Standards self-appraisal form must be completed. These forms must be completed and submitted to the Phlebotomy program coordinator by July 1. Students who fail to submit the required forms will not be able to register for Phlebotomy coursework.
1. It is recommended that all components of Phase I be completed before moving to the Phase II requirement.
2. Applications must be updated annually by applicants who were not accepted the previous year.
3. Applicants may take non-phlebotomy, general education and related coursework prior to being accepted into the program.
4. The following items need to be turned in to the Phlebotomy program coordinator by July 1:
a) Health forms including documentation of a physical, immunizations and administration of at least the first Hepatitis B vaccine.
b) Receipt/proof of purchase for accident and malpractice insurance. This insurance can be purchased in the College Business Office at the time tuition is paid.
c) Technical/Academic Standards self-appraisal form.
d) Signed signature sheet at the end of the Phlebotomy Student Policy Manual.
Program Structure
The program offers the Phlebotomy coursework online over the first 8-weeks of the semester. In addition, the labs are offered on campus during the first eight weeks. Clinical rotations take place in the second eight weeks of the semester. Students must successfully complete both PBT 100 and PBT 101 in the same semester in order to successfully complete the program. PSY 150 maybe taken prior to entering the Phlebotomy program or while in the program. The clinical education will be provided at cooperating hospitals or other healthcare facilities.
Clinical Education
The clinical education will be provided at cooperating hospitals or other health care facilities. The clinical experience and classroom work are taken within the same semester. Successful completion of the labs must be achieved prior to attending clinical rotations in the latter part of the semester. During clinical education, the student will rotate through the phlebotomy department. Emphasis is placed on attaining competency and proficiency in the performance of phlebotomy procedures, correlated theory and practice and demonstrating prescribed professional behavior. Clinical experience may be integrated with seminars on campus.
Note: Students will receive information on clinical placement within the first few weeks of class (PBT 100). They are not expected to attend clinic (PBT 101) until the ninth week of the semester.
Academic Standards
The program requires that students maintain a high level of academic and clinical performance. Failure to meet these standards will prevent normal progression through the program.
Student Policy Manual
The Student Policy Manual outlines the policies and procedures to be followed over the course of the program. Students must sign the signature sheet at the end of the policy manual and submit it to the program coordinator by July 1 of the year in which they plan to enroll.
See Student Policy Manual here.
Accident and malpractice insurance must be purchased upon entering the Phlebotomy program. The insurance can be purchased in the College Business Office at the time tuition is paid.
Accreditation/Program Approval
The Phlebotomy program is an approved program through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). The contact information is as follows:
NAACLS, 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119  
Phone: 847.939.3597 or 773.714.8880  Fax: 773.714.8886  Website: 
Financial Aid
Due to federal guidelines, the Phlebotomy program is not eligible for PELL grant funding.

External Certification Results:
Percentage of students passing the national certification exam through American Society for Clinical Board of Certification (ASCP BOC): 100% of our students have passed this external certification exam since the program began over 15 years ago.
1. All students admitted into a health science program may be required, by clinical or Co-op site, to submit to a criminal background check and/or drug testing, prior to, or during clinical education coursework. The results of these tests could affect the student’s ability to progress in the program.
2. All students completing a health science program may be required, by an external testing agency, to submit to a criminal background check and/or drug test prior to a state or national licensing/certification board approving the graduate to sit for licensure/certification exams.

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