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

General Information

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 lectures and labs, during which students will practice procedures prior to attending clinical training.  The second six weeks, students will attend a 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. Students must also have a current CPR card. 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 required to obtain a background check, drug screen and all required immunizations in order to attend clinical. The cost of this package is $100.00.