Please refer to the current Continuing Education Schedule of Classes for upcoming dates and times.
In this class, students will learn to draw blood specimens from patients for the purpose of testing and analyzing blood. Students will practice procedures in the College laboratory prior to attending clinical training. Each year we usually offer 4 twelve-week phlebotomy classes with an enrollment of 12 students in each class. The total class hours is 240.
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Our program and instructors are certified by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).
The textbook is available at Coastal’s bookstore. Visit them online, or call (910) 938-6295 for information
Prerequisite: TABE Placement Testing
In order to enroll, students must take the free Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) test** and score:
- 12.9 in TABE Reading
- 8.0 in TABE Math (Allow approximately one hour to take these two pretests.)
** TABE placement testing is available in the Academic Studies Center, Kenneth B. Hurst Continuing Education Building, room 200. Hours are Monday – Wednesday, 7:30 am – 7:00 pm. A picture ID is required to test. No appointment is needed. Testing is free of charge.
Financial assistance through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) is available on a limited basis for students who qualify. These funds may assist with registration fees, books, and required supplies. To apply, visit the Kenneth B. Hurst Continuing Education Building, room 109 or call (910) 938-6309.
Registration & Payment
Upon receiving TABE qualifying scores, students will be eligible for enrollment and may report to the administrative registration window in the Kenneth B. Hurst Continuing Education Building on the day designated for registration to prepay for the next class. Payment may be made by cash, check, money order, MasterCard, VISA, American Express, or Discover. Thank you for including your driver’s license number on checks.
This is a high demand program with only 12 seats for each course cycle. It is strongly recommended that prospective students complete their prerequisite testing as soon as possible and arrive early on the one day designated for Phlebotomy registration, as these seats are usually filled within the first hour. Call (910) 938-6294 for that date and time.
Basic Skills Training
Upon receiving qualifying TABE scores, students will be eligible for enrollment in Basic Skills Training. Students are encouraged to take advantage of free reading and math training in our Academic Studies Center (ASC) in the K.B. Hurst Continuing Education Building, Room 200, open Monday through Thursday 7:30 am to 9 pm and Friday 7:30 am to 5 p.m. Training is offered in a traditional classroom setting both daytime and evening, and as computer based training in the ASC Lab.
Human Resources Development (HRD)
Unemployed or underemployed residents may qualify for Human Resources Development (HRD) classes at no cost such as Using Technology in the Workplace, Exploring Health Care Careers, Hunting and Landing a Job, or Taking Control of Your Money. Complete 80 hours of HRD classes successfully and earn a registration scholarship worth up to $180 for a Continuing Education occupational class. To register for free classes, For a complete list of HRD classes offered, or for more information, please call (910) 938-6309.
Job Placement Services
Upon completion of this training program, visit the Career Center in the Kenneth B. Hurst Continuing Education Building, room 108, for help with resume writing, interviewing skills, and employment opportunities. Call (910) 938-6761 for information.
National Certification Information
Upon successful completion of the phlebotomy course, students will be eligible to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) National Phlebotomy Certification Examination. A high school diploma or GED is required.For additional information about the certification examination, call 1-800-621-4142 or visit the web at www.ascp.org.
In 2014, 100% of Coastal Continuing Education students who sat for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) national certification exam passed that test and earned their national phlebotomist certification. ASCP is the world’s largest professional membership organization for pathologists and laboratory professionals.