This Program

The phlebotomy certificate is a one-semester program designed to prepare students to work in the medical field as a phlebotomist. A phlebotomy technician's primary function is blood collection; however, they may assist the health care team. The curriculum emphasizes practical, hands-on learning experiences in the laboratory setting. Phlebotomy Technicians are skilled health care professionals who have been trained to collect, transport, handle and process blood and other specimens for laboratory analysis. They must also be able to identify and select equipment, supplies and additives used in collection and understand factors that affect collection procedures and test results.

Working Conditions

Phlebotomy Technicians work mainly in hospitals, medical and diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers, and outpatient offices. Phlebotomy Technicians work closely with nurses, nursing assistants, and other health care professionals. Most work will consist of 8-hour and/or 12-hour shifts, which could include evenings, weekends, and holidays. If you are considering this field, you must be able to accurately record and report information, maintain confidentiality, and present a calm and professional demeanor to patients, families, and co-workers. Please refer to the Essential Skills & Abilities of a Phlebotomy Technician to determine if you are able to meet these functions with or without reasonable accommodations.

Phlebotomy Technician certificate takes 16 credit hours to complete; it can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis


Careers & Projected Salary

Employment of Phlebotomy Technicians is projected to grow 25% from 2016-2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Annual salary for entry-level workers start around $18,373. Mid-level pay is $29,924 per year. Highly experienced workers can earn up to $61,741. (State of Illinois averages)

Potential Careers:


Laboratory technician

Lab assistant clerk


Carl Sandburg College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools - Higher Learning Commission, 30 LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504.



How to Apply

All applicants interested in the phlebotomy program must meet in person with a Carl Sandburg College program advisor prior to applying to the program. Be sure to make an appointment early in the process.

  1. Complete application to Carl Sandburg College
  2. Send official high school transcript or equivalent and any post-secondary education transcripts to the Admissions and Records Office.
  3. Complete college placement exam.
  4. Schedule an appointment and meet with a phlebotomy advisor prior to applying.


College of Nursing & Health Professions

2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.,
Galesburg, IL 61401309.341.5299

For Additional Information Contact:

The Welcome Center
Program Requirements

The Phlebotomy Technician certificate includes required hours at local area health care facilities to complete the practicum hours portion of the training. Students will be required to show proof of;

  • immunizations and required titers
  • two-step TB test, physical examination
  • criminal background check and
  • 10-panel drug screen

Students are responsible for all fees incurred, in addition to tuition. Please refer to the Phlebotomy Technician Cost Sheet. Please note that findings on the criminal background check and drug screen may prevent entrance into the Program. Findings on the physical examination and drug screen may prevent placement at clinical sites.