Please refer to the current Continuing Education Schedule of Classes for upcoming dates and times.

General Information

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).


A textbook is required and is available from Coastal’s book store. 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, 8:00 am – 7:00 pm. A picture ID is required to test. No appointment is needed. Testing is free of charge.

PhlebotomyFinancial Assistance

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 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. Because we often have more students desiring to take this class than we can accommodate, students may have to wait several months for another class offering. While waiting, students are encouraged to take advantage of free basic skills reading and math training in our Academic Studies Center (ASC) in the K.B. Hurst Continuing Education Building, Room 200 which is open Monday through Thursday 7:30 am to 9 pm and Friday 7:30 am – 5 p.m. Training is offered in the traditional classroom setting in the day and evening and also computer based training is offered in the ASC Lab. Some unemployed or underemployed students may qualify for other free classes such as Technology for Office Workers, Exploring Health Care Careers, Hunting and Landing a Job, or Money Smart.

If interested, please call (910) 938-6309. Successful completion of three of these classes earns a scholarship (worth up to $175) to another Continuing Education occupational class.

Job Placement Services

Upon completion of this training program, visit the Career Center in the Kenneth B. Hurst Continuing Education Building, room 109, for help with resume writing, interviewing skills, and employment opportunities. Call (910) 938-6309 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