Phlebotomy Training

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 up to 12 students in each class. The total class hours is 235.

Download the Agreement to Terms 


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.

PhlebotomyRegistration & Payment

Upon receiving TABE qualifying scores, students will be eligible for enrollment and may report to the registration window in the Kenneth B. Hurst Continuing Education Building to complete a registration form, sign the Agreement to Terms, and pay the registration fee of $197.00. 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.

Financial 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.


This is a high demand program with no more than 12 seats for each course. It is strongly recommended that prospective students complete their prerequisite testing and register as soon as possible in order to ensure a seat in the class.

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 exam, call 1-800-621-4142 or visit the web at

Student Success

For the past 5 years (2012 – 2016) the pass rate for Coastal’s Continuing Education Phlebotomy students on the national American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) examination is 92 percent. ASCP is the world’s largest professional membership organization for pathologists and laboratory professionals.

Student Evaluation Course Comments

  • I loved taking the Phlebotomy course!  I cannot wait to start my job!  Thank you!
  • The instructor is fantastic.  Would gladly take another class with her.
  • The instructor should write her own Phlebotomy textbook.
  • The instructor could not have done a better job teaching this course.  I would recommend this class to many people!
  • Loved both of the instructors.  They were very helpful!  One of the best instructors I had in my college career.
  • I really enjoyed this course!  I feel it will really help me with my future goals.  The instructors did an awesome job!

Other Resources

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, get 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 C. Louis Shields Learning Resources Center, Room 113, for help with resume writing, interviewing skills, and employment opportunities. Call (910) 938-6761 for information.