Phlebotomy (221-151-02)

Award: Certificate in Career Studies

Gainful Employment

Option: Phlebotomy

Length: Twenty-seven (27) credit hours

Lead Faculty/Program Head: Dawn Womble

Purpose: The Phlebotomy Career Studies Certificate offers foundational courses to prepare a laboratory practitioner whose primary function is to obtain, process, and transport patient blood specimens. Although the emphasis is on venipuncture and microcollection techniques, topics such as medical terminology, basic anatomy and physiology, infection control, safety, quality assurance, interpersonal communication, management, medical and legal ethics, and professionalism are covered as they relate to the role of the phlebotomist in the medical laboratory.

This career certificate includes student participation in over 120 hours of supervised, clinical phlebotomy experiences in various health care settings.

Occupational Objectives

Possible job sites include:

  • Hospital laboratories
  • Blood centers
  • Clinics
  • Private laboratories
  • Physician’s offices
  • Veterinary clinics

Admission Requirements

Students must meet the general admission requirements established by the College. Students must submit a separate application to the Nursing Program Head for approval prior to beginning phlebotomy (MDL) classes and be in good general health. Students must complete a physical examination that includes current tetanus, hepatitis series, Rubeola & Rubella, (MMR) documentation of immunization or Varicella titer, and Tb test.

Students must have and maintain an overall 2.0 GPA to be admitted to phlebotomy courses. Students must submit copies of all high school or GED scores and college transcripts.

Developmental Studies: To ensure that each student has the proper educational basis to succeed in the phlebotomy courses, all students must take placement tests in mathematics, written English, and reading. Students must take any developmental courses recommended in the evaluation of the placement test scores. For further information see Developmental Studies.

It is important that these developmental courses are completed as quickly as possible so that the student will be appropriately prepared to pursue this program of study. A review of the catalog requirements at PDCCC for the Phlebotomy Career Studies Certificate would be appropriate to both assist and guide a prospective student.

For more information, contact the Nursing Program Head at Paul D. Camp Community College, Franklin Campus, room 136I, 757.569.6731, or email

Course Schedule

Course Number, Title, Credits

SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
MDL 101 Introduction to Medical Laboratory 3
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
HLT 143 Medical Terminology I 3
ITE 115 Basic Computer Applications & Concepts 3
MDL 105 Phlebotomy 4
MDL 106 Clinical Phlebotomy 4
CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking 3
HLT 144 Medical Terminology II 3
Total Minimum Credits 27