Program Overview


Phlebotomy Technician Certificate

Biological and Health Sciences Division, Room B213, (847) 543-2042
Degree: Certificate
Plan 21MP

This certificate prepares students for entry level competencies as phlebotomists in hospitals, intermediate care facilities, blood banks, and other clinical settings. On campus, students will learn theory and develop skills as a phlebotomist. Upon successful completion of the didactic courses, students may enroll in the final course, which requires a three week externship. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the national certification examination given by the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

This program is approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS): 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119, web:; phone (773) 714-8880; fax: (773) 714-8886; e-mail:

  This is not a limited enrollment program, however, seats fill quickly. Day and evening options are available.



Because of inherent requirements of the profession, the following minimum abilities,

i.e. essential functions, are expected of the student:

  • Psychomotor skills (eye-hand coordination and finger dexterity) sufficient for safe and successful practice of phlebotomy

  • Visual acuity (normal or corrected vision) sufficient for safe and successful practice of phlebotomy

  • Adequate English verbal and written communication skills to safely and successfully interact with peers, supervisors and other members of the health care team

  • Proof of influenza immunization within 12 months of registering. Immunizations are not given from March through August.

 Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in each Phlebotomy course to be able to continue in and graduate from the program.

Recommended Plan of Study

First Semester

6 Credits





Introduction to Medical Laboratory Technology



Phlebotomy Techniques


course *

Phlebotomy Clinical


Total Hours for Certificate


*  To be eligible to enroll in PBT 116 Phlebotomy Clinical, students must:

  • Earn a grade of “C” or better in PBT 110 and PBT 115

  • Hold current Healthcare Provider CPR from American Heart Association

  • Have an overall CLC GPA of 2.0 or higher

  • Provide proof that all immunizations required to satisfy the phlebotomy health requirements are completed

  • Complete a 10 panel urine drug screening with normal negative results (test date must be less than 12 months old)

  • Show as Eligible on the IDPH Health Care Worker Registry based upon the results of a FEE_APP fingerprinting background check

  • Students are required to have personal health insurance for the duration of their clinical externship.

  • Have permission of the department chair

For instructions on how to complete the above requirements, visit

For more information on recommended courses or program specific advising, contact faculty members Angela M Norwood at or the Biological and Health Sciences division at (847) 543-2042. Faculty maintain confidentiality and impartiality when advising and guiding students through the program.