Phlebotomy Training

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

General Information

Each year we usually offer 4 phlebotomy classes with an enrollment of up to 12 students in each class.   In each 12 week program, students will learn to draw blood specimens from patients for the purpose of testing and analyzing blood.   The first six weeks consists of lecture and lab 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 with internet and the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader is essential.  The total course hours are 257.

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 American Society for Clinical Pathology website.


Our program and instructors are certified by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

Prerequisite: TABE Placement Testing

In order to enroll, students must take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) ** and obtain the following scores:

  • 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.


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.


The textbook is available at Coastal’s bookstore. Visit them online, or call (910) 938-6295 for information

PhlebotomyRegistration & Payment

Upon receiving qualifying TABE scores, students will be eligible for enrollment.  To register, students must:

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.

Forms and payment should be submitted to the main office in the Kenneth B. Hurst Continuing Education Building.  Submissions can be made:

  1. In person
  2. By US Mail (may include check or money order)
  3. By fax, 910-347-6174
  4. By email,

Note: Please do not write credit card information on your registration form.  If you are not submitting your forms in person, please call the office at 910-938-6294 to ensure we have received your submission and you can provide your payment information at that time.

Clinical Requirements and Additional Costs

In order to attend the clinical rotation, students are required to complete a Background Check, Drug Screen, and provide immunization records.  The following is a list of additional materials and associated costs.

Cost Item
$139.00 Phlebotomy textbook (approx. cost. Check with CCCC Bookstore for current edition and pricing)
$6.00 Disposable blue lab coast with cuffs (approx. cost from CCCC Bookstore)
$10.00 Goggles (approx. cost from CCCC Bookstore)
$50.00 Scrubs (approx. cost – students choose as a group what scrubs they will purchase prior to clinicals)
$120.00 CastleBranch Immunization Tracker, Drug Screen, and Background Check
$325.00 Approximate Total

Immunization costs will vary depending on which vaccinations students already have and whether or not they are required to repeat any vaccinations.  Costs will also vary due to differences in providers and insurance.  The chart below lists the required immunizations.

Immunization Requirement
(Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
  • Proof of 2 vaccinations, OR
  • A positive antibody titer (blood test to check for immunity)

If the titer is negative or equivocal, a repeat vaccination is required.

(Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis)
  • Proof of 2 vaccinations, OR
  • A positive antibody titer (blood test to check for immunity)

If the titer is negative or equivocal, a repeat vaccination is required.

(Chicken Pox)
  • Proof of 2 vaccinations, OR
  • A positive antibody titer (blood test to check for immunity)

If the titer is negative or equivocal, a repeat vaccination is required.

Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis B titer is REQUIRED (must be done) first!)

If titer is negative, then the Hepatitis B series of 3 vaccinations is required.

TB Skin Test (Tuberculosis)
  • TB skin test OR
  • TB risk assessment questionnaire (ONLY if PPD unavailable or if past positive skin test.  Must be completed by provider)

If skin test results are positive results, a negative chest x-ray will be required.

Influenza Documentation of a flu shot received for the current flu season is required for students attending clinicals during flu season (January and September classes).

A declination form is available should you choose not to get the flu shot, however, you may be required to wear a mask during your clinical rotation.

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.

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

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.

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.