The Phlebotomy Technician Program is a one-semester certificate designed to prepare students to work in the medical field as a phlebotomist. A phlebotomist’s primary function is blood collection; however, they may assist the health care team. The curriculum emphasizes practical, hands-on learning experiences in the laboratory setting. Phlebotomists are skilled health care professionals who have been trained to collect, transport, handle and process blood and other specimens for laboratory analysis. They must also be able to identify and select equipment, supplies, and additives used in collection and understand factors that affect collection procedures and test results.
Phlebotomists work mainly in hospitals, medical and diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers, and doctors’ offices. Phlebotomy Technicians work closely with nurses, nursing assistants, and other health care professionals. Most work will consist of 8-hour and/or 12hour shifts, which could include evenings, weekends, and holidays. If you are considering this field, you must be able to accurately record and report information, maintain confidentiality, and present a calm and professional demeanor to patients, families, and co-workers. Please refer to the Essential Skills & Abilities of a Phlebotomy Technician to determine if you are able to meet these functions with or without reasonable accommodations.
Employment of Phlebotomy Technicians is projected to grow 25% from 2016-2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.
Upon successful completion of the Phlebotomy Technician Program and applicable clinical work experience, the student will be eligible to take the phlebotomy certification examination with AMT.
Students will be required to show proof of immunizations and required titers, TB test, physical examination, criminal background check, and drug screen. Students are responsible for all fees incurred, in addition to tuition. Please refer to the Phlebotomy Technician Cost Sheet. Please note findings on the criminal background check and drug screen may prevent entrance into the Program. Findings on the physical examination and drug screen may prevent placement at clinical sites.
Department of Health Professions
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401
For Additional Information Contact:
The Welcome Center
For Graduation Requirements:
See the graduation policies and procedures page for details.