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

General Information

Each year, we usually offer four phlebotomy classes with an enrollment of up to 12 students in each class.  In this 12-week program, students will learn to draw blood specimens from patients for the purpose of testing and analysis.  The first six weeks consists of evening lectures and labs, during which students will practice procedures prior to attending clinical training.  The second six weeks, students will attend a daytime clinical rotation at a local medical facility.  There will also be homework assignments delivered online.  Access to a computer and the Internet and the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader is essential.  The total course hours are 257.

National Certification

Our program is certified by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).  Upon successful completion of the Phlebotomy course, students will be eligible to take the ASCP National Phlebotomy Certification examination.  A high school diploma or GED is required. Beginning January 1, 2021, all applicants will be required to submit official transcripts to verify high school graduation or equivalency in order to meet the eligibility requirements.   For additional information about the certification exam, visit The ASCP Board of Certification.


Coastal's Phlebotomy instructors are certified by the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

Prerequisite: Placement Testing

In order to enroll, students must complete a reading placement test and achieve a qualifying score.  Details are provided in the Continuing Education Schedule of Classes.

Class Size

This is a high demand program with only 12 seats available in each course.  It is recommended prospective students complete their prerequisite testing and register as early as possible in order to ensure a seat in class.


The textbook is available at the College Store.

Registration & Payment

Upon receiving a qualifying reading score, please refer to Registration & Fees page to download the registration form and view registration options.

Financial Assistance

Please see the Continuing Education Financial Assistance page.  For more information, please call the Human Services Department at 910.938.6309 or visit their office in room 108 of the Kenneth B. Hurst Continuing Education Building.

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!

Requirements to Attend Clinical Practicum

Students will be advised to obtain the below three screenings through the Castle Branch Company.

Background Check

  • National Criminal Background Check (if age 18 or over). Must be done within 30 days of start date or start of school program. County, State and National Sex Offender-County, State and National Office of Inspector General (OIG)

Drug Screen

  • Drug Screen (if age 18 or over) Must be done within 30 days of start date. A rapid test will not be accepted.  Must test for: Amphetamine, Meth-amphetamine, Barbiturates, Benzodiazepines, THC (marijuana), Cocaine, Opiates, methadone, oxycodone, Propoxyphene, phencyclidine (PCP), MDMA (Ecstasy)


  • MMR-Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Rubella 2 doses of MMR or 2 doses of each individual vaccine on or after first birthday · If there not proof of two immunizations a titer is required for Rubeola, Mumps and Rubella · If results show a negative titer, see provider about a booster
  • Hepatitis B Positive titer: Regardless of proof of vaccination a Titer is required · If Titer does not show immunity begin Hepatitis B series again · A maximum of 2 series can be given (6 doses) in a lifetime · Student can sign a declination if they do not wish to receive vaccination after the titer shows the student is non-immune
  • Varicella 2 doses of Varicella at least 28 days apart · If there is not proof of two Varicella immunizations a titer is required for Varicella · If results show a negative titer, see provider about a booster
  • Tetanus/Diptheria (Td/Tdap) 1 dose within 10 years (History of one dose is adult Tdap)
  • Tuberculin skin test (TST) OR Chest X-Ray: Two Step TST (both tests must be administered and read within 21 days: with at least seven days between administration of TST 1 and 2) within 12 months of program start or TB IGRA Blood Test within 12 months of program start. If students have documentation of (TST/PPD) within past 12 months, students must have a one-step done. For those with a positive TST, student must have documentation of negative CXR since date of positive TST or within 2 years.
  • Influenza Documentation: Annual-Before October 15th (For Declination or Waiver, a copy must be on file at the school and meet the requirement of medical contraindication or religious belief and be approved by the facility)