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Phlebotomy Technician

The Phlebotomy Technician 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.

Pathways to other programs

Health Care Assistant

Patient Care Technician

Medical Assistant

EMS - Paramedic

Practical Nursing - LPN

Associate Degree Nursing - RN


Admission 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

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.

Career and technical programs/courses are offered without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability or status in any group protected by applicable federal, state or local law. Title IX Coordinator Rick Eddy, 309.341.5234; Jacob Runge, 309.341.5262.

For additional information contact:
Welcome Center


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. An annual salary for entry-level workers starts around $18,373. Mid-level pay is $29,924 per year. Highly experienced workers can earn up to $61,741. (State of Illinois averages)

Phlebotomy Technician

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.




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Sample Schedule

Please contact the Welcome Center for a sample schedule.


Phlebotomy course cost sheet

Phlebotomy Technician certificate cost sheet


To apply for financial aid, visit our financial aid page for more information.


Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Contact the local office to inquire if you qualify for financial support. 

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Meet the Instructors

Diane Girdler
Phlebotomy Instructor