Phlebotomy

Academic Certificate

Overview

  • This one-year program includes additional courses that will provide useful context for your career as a phlebotomist, including biology, medical terminology, and special procedures.

  • Students who complete this program will be eligible to take a national certification exam to become a phlebotomist.

What is a phlebotomist?

Phlebotomists draw blood from patients for lab tests and procedures. Phlebotomists are critical members of the care team in medical practices and hospitals throughout South Carolina. 

Other duties may include:

  • Explaining procedures to patients and answering their questions
  • Point of care testing, such as taking a reading for blood glucose levels
  • Preparing specimens for testing 

Which program is right for you?

MTC offers two options for students interested in phlebotomy.

  1. The Academic Certificate, listed on this page, requires you to apply to MTC and offers a broader base of education including courses on biology, medical ethics, health care software, and anatomical basics. This program is best for people who want to build on their career as a phlebotomist and eventually continue their health care education. Academic programs also allow you to apply for federal financial aid through the FAFSA. 
  2. The Training Certificate does not require you to apply to MTC and offers a quicker approach to training, focused solely on phlebotomy skills.

Either option will allow you to take the same test to be certified as a phlebotomist and eventually work in a doctor's office or hospital setting. 


    About the Program

    The Academic Certificate for Phlebotomy will provide a great foundation for a variety of healthcare careers in SC. Students will develop the basic skills necessary to perform phlebotomy procedures utilized in hospital settings, clinical facilities, and physician's offices.

    What are phlebotomy courses like?

    Instructional methods will be varied including classroom, lab, online/hybrid, simulation/virtual reality, and clinical rotations, during which students will have comprehensive clinical experiences in medical laboratory specimen collections, transport, storage, and basic test procedures. The Academic Certificate program also includes instruction in anatomy and physiology, communication, soft skills, and information technology.

    The Phlebotomy certificate can be combined with the Nursing Assistant Certificate and Cardiac Care Certificate to earn stackable, short-term, entry-level certificates in the health care arena.

    What happens after I complete the program?

    Upon completion of this certificate, students will be eligible to take a nationally recognized certification exam. Employment opportunities in South Carolina include positions in hospitals, medical and diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers, and doctors’ offices.

    Why choose MTC?

    MTC partners with medical facilities throughout the Midlands to provide real-world experience that is invaluable for our students. This experience can work to your advantage when it's time to look for jobs after you graduate the program. In addition, our instructors are experts in the field who will share their lived experience and give you the personal attention you need to be successful. 

    Admission Criteria
    • Attendance at a program Information Session (optional).
    • Attendance at a program Orientation Session (mandatory).
    • Submission of an Acknowledgement of Intent request.
    • Acceptable Criminal Background Check and drug screening results.
    • Satisfactory compliance with required medical physical and immunization requirements.
    • Current certification in First-Aid and CPR (American Heart for the Health Care Professional).
    Requirements

    Students must receive a grade of “C” or better on all Phlebotomy certificate courses. Students must pass a final comprehensive exit examination to graduate from the program. Students may not repeat certificate courses more than once, nor may they progress to the next semester until that course is passed. Students may repeat only two Phlebotomy Technician certificate courses.

    Students will rotate through hospitals, medical and diagnostic laboratories, and clinics in the Columbia area for practical experience in Phlebotomy. Students will be required to comply with regulations required by off-campus clinical sites, which might include fingerprinting, background checks, and drug screenings.

    How to Enroll

    To pursue this degree, you must apply to MTC using our online application.

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    Sample Program Plan and Costs

    On-Campus Traditional. Classes meet on campus.
    Virtual 100% online. Meets with a live instructor and classmates on specific days, at specific times. Uses web conferencing software, like Zoom.
    Hybrid Some classes on campus. Some classes online or virtual.
    Online 100% online. Due dates for projects and assignments. Self-paced work on your time.
    Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Virtual Credits
    Semester 1
    (12 Credit Hours)
    ENG-160 Technical Communications

    Technical Communications

    ID: ENG-160

    Credit Hours: 3

    This course is a study of various technical communications such as definitions, processes, instructions, descriptions, and technical reports.

    3
    AHS-180 Health Careers Preparation

    Health Careers Preparation

    ID: AHS-180

    Credit Hours: 3

    This course includes selected topics such as study skills, test-taking skills, critical thinking, problem solving, ethics, health careers test preparation and other topics to promote student success.

    3
    AHS-102 Medical Terminology

    Medical Terminology

    ID: AHS-102

    Credit Hours: 3

    This course covers medical terms, including roots, prefixes, and suffixes, with emphasis on spelling, definition, and pronunciation.

    3
    BIO-110 General Anatomy and Physiology

    General Anatomy and Physiology

    ID: BIO-110

    Credit Hours: 3

    This course is a general introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Emphasis is on the organ systems of the human and their interrelationships.

    3
    Semester 2
    (11 Credit Hours)
    AHS-131 Computers in Healthcare

    Computers in Healthcare

    ID: AHS-131

    Credit Hours: 3

    This course is the study of the hardware and software used in various healthcare settings including information systems, computerized medical interfaces, telemedicine, networking, as well as other basic computer applications.

    3
    AHS-205 Ethics and Law for Allied Health Profess

    Ethics and Law for Allied Health Profess

    ID: AHS-205

    Credit Hours: 3

    This course is an introduction to ethical, bioethical and legal concepts related to allied health professions.

    3
    AHS-141 Phlebotomy for Health Career Provider

    Phlebotomy for Health Career Provider

    ID: AHS-141

    Credit Hours: 3

    This course contains the essential theory, skills, and special procedures required to meet the venipuncture needs in hospitals, clinics, and other health care settings.

    3
    AHS-142 Phlebotomy

    Phlebotomy

    ID: AHS-142

    Credit Hours: 2

    This course is a study of phlebotomy procedures utilized in clinical facilities and physicians' offices.

    2
      Total Credit Hours 23
      Estimated Cost
    Financial Aid
    $4,324.00
    Not including fees and equipment
    Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Virtual Credits
    Semester 1
    (6 Credit Hours)
    ENG-160 Technical Communications

    Technical Communications

    ID: ENG-160

    Credit Hours: 3

    This course is a study of various technical communications such as definitions, processes, instructions, descriptions, and technical reports.

    3
    AHS-180 Health Careers Preparation

    Health Careers Preparation

    ID: AHS-180

    Credit Hours: 3

    This course includes selected topics such as study skills, test-taking skills, critical thinking, problem solving, ethics, health careers test preparation and other topics to promote student success.

    3
    Semester 2
    (6 Credit Hours)
    AHS-102 Medical Terminology

    Medical Terminology

    ID: AHS-102

    Credit Hours: 3

    This course covers medical terms, including roots, prefixes, and suffixes, with emphasis on spelling, definition, and pronunciation.

    3
    BIO-110 General Anatomy and Physiology

    General Anatomy and Physiology

    ID: BIO-110

    Credit Hours: 3

    This course is a general introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Emphasis is on the organ systems of the human and their interrelationships.

    3
    Semester 3
    (6 Credit Hours)
    AHS-131 Computers in Healthcare

    Computers in Healthcare

    ID: AHS-131

    Credit Hours: 3

    This course is the study of the hardware and software used in various healthcare settings including information systems, computerized medical interfaces, telemedicine, networking, as well as other basic computer applications.

    3
    AHS-205 Ethics and Law for Allied Health Profess

    Ethics and Law for Allied Health Profess

    ID: AHS-205

    Credit Hours: 3

    This course is an introduction to ethical, bioethical and legal concepts related to allied health professions.

    3
    Semester 4
    (5 Credit Hours)
    AHS-141 Phlebotomy for Health Career Provider

    Phlebotomy for Health Career Provider

    ID: AHS-141

    Credit Hours: 3

    This course contains the essential theory, skills, and special procedures required to meet the venipuncture needs in hospitals, clinics, and other health care settings.

    3
    AHS-142 Phlebotomy

    Phlebotomy

    ID: AHS-142

    Credit Hours: 2

    This course is a study of phlebotomy procedures utilized in clinical facilities and physicians' offices.

    2
      Total Credit Hours 23
      Estimated Cost
    Financial Aid
    $4,324.00
    Not including fees and equipment

    Careers

    Phlebotomist

    As a phlebotomist, you draw blood from patients for lab tests and procedures. Employment opportunities can be found in medical practices and hospitals.

    Average Annual Salary

    $36,291
    According to EMSI data as of 2022

    Where Can I Work?

    • Hospitals
    • Medical Clinics
    • Private Practices

    What’s next after I complete this program?

    Further your education at MTC

    Combining two or more certificates can make you a more attractive job candidate. Stack this certificate with other related certificates, like the Cardiac Care certificate or the Nursing Assistant certificate to enhance your career opportunities.

    Want more information?

    Academic programs count as academic credit for a certificate, diploma or degree and may transfer toward future academic endeavors at four-year colleges and universities.
    Training programs can be completed in a matter of weeks or months, are focused on career training, and provide credentials and certificates needed in the specific fields of study. Coursework does not transfer.
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