Phlebotomy is a rewarding entry-level career for someone who desires to work directly with patients. Quality collection of blood samples by phlebotomists are what allow Medial Lab Technologists and Physicians to produce accurate laboratory results and determine proper medical treatments. Phlebotomists must possess a number of physical and interpersonal skills in order to perform their job safely including fine motor skills, mobility, the ability to operate mechanical and computerized equipment, and perform clerical duties. Good communication skills are critical in dealing with patients, clients, physicians, nurses and other health care workers.


A small class size paired with instructors who are practicing Phlebotomists ensure that you are getting a quality, hands on education.

Related Degrees

  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Nursing
  • Respiratory
  • Medical Assisting

To transform students into quality, responsible phlebotomists with relevant skills and knowledge that meets the needs of the community and the profession.

Program Goals

The goal of the Phlebotomy program is to provide students with the skills required of entry-level clinicians and to meet the Route 1 eligibility requirements for the Phlebotomy Technician (PBT) examination through the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP).

Program Outcomes

At the end of the Phlebotomy Program, certificate recipients will:

  1. Demonstrate entry-level phlebotomy skills for routine procedures.
  2. Demonstrate professional conduct and practice behavior consistent with established professional code of ethics.
  3. Communicate accurately and precisely using written, verbal and non-verbal techniques, ensuring understanding by the recipient.
  4. Demonstrate skills representative of safe working practices as defined by the CDC and OSHA.
  5. Describe health care systems, including functions, components and organizational structures.
  6. Describe the components and functions of departments of the clinical laboratory.
  7. Define medical terminology associated with the function of a phlebotomist.

8. Relate basic anatomy and physiology concepts to the practices and procedures of a phlebotomist.

  • High school transcript/GED/HiSET scores
  • Completion of “The Essential Skills of the Phlebotomist” form
  • A grade of “C”or better in both the Phlebotomy course and internship are required for certification
  • Internships will be assigned for spring semester each year and must be completed during three consecutive weeks, full time, day shift for a total of 120 hours

Requirements that must be completed prior to internship: 

  • Be 18 years of age or older prior to December 31st of the year prior to starting the Phlebotomy Internship
  • CPR
  • Proof of health insurance
  • 12 Panel Drug Screen
  • Bureau of Elderly Abuse Screen
  • Receipt of proof of immunity to infectious disease through documentation or receipt of vaccines
  • Completion of “The Essential Skills of the Phlebotomist” form below.

The Essential Skills of the Phlebotomist

Please complete this form below. 

  • The following list identifies the skills that a Phlebotomy Student and Clinical Phlebotomist must possess, or be able to learn during training in a short period of time, in order to safely and effectively perform the skills required of the profession. Students entering into the program must self-disclose any areas of deficiency and are required to speak directly to their instructor as to how the deficiency may impact their ability to learn the material presented. Failure to self-disclose may result in removal from the program. Please review the following skills and check all boxes that you are physically, emotionally, and intellectually able to do. If you are not able to check all boxes, please discuss this with your instructor.
  • Technical Skills
  • I agree that by signing this document, all information contained within is truthful and accurate. I further understand that failure to perform any/all of these essential skills safely, and within a timely fashion, will prevent me from progressing to the Internship portion of the Phlebotomy Certificate. Inability to perform any skill required of the job of Phlebotomist in a safe manner as determined by my PHBC 110R Instructor may prevent me from continuing on to the Phlebotomy Internship (PHBC 190R) per the RVCC Work Based Learning Policy found in the student handbook.

    Additionally, students in programs that require successful completion of a clinical placement or internship should be aware that clinical sites are not necessarily required to recognize accommodations contained within an Individual Reasonable Accommodation Plan (IRAP) issued by River Valley Community College (“RVCC”) designed for use in classroom setting pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please be aware that clinical sites may need to adapt any accommodation request you make in a manner that does not create an undue hardship for them and does not require them to alter the essential functions of the internship expectations. You are encouraged to discuss the accommodation process with both your site supervision and your RVCC faculty.

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  • Boyle

    Kim-Laura Boyle

    Faculty | Healthcare Applications | Phlebotomy | Physical Therapist Assistant
    Professor & Department Chair; Health Science;Program Director; Phlebotomy & Healthcare Applications