Certificate – Phlebotomy

Semester hours required for graduation: 26

Advisors: Heather Anderson, Elizabeth Murray and Shounda Gerald

The phlebotomy certificate provides students with the basic skills necessary for the collection of laboratory blood specimens.  The phlebotomy program incorporates theory, skills, clinical experience, and special procedures required to meet the venipuncture needs in the hospital, clinical, urgent care, doctor’s office, nursing home, and/or other health care setting.

The student will learn how to collect blood specimens correctly for venipunctures, micro collections (dermal or heel tubular collected) along with capillary punctures. The student will also learn therapeutic laboratory testing. As part of the program, the student will learn appropriate safety precautions to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases. Selected learning experiences are provided in a number of healthcare agencies located within Williamsburg and surrounding counties. Students are assigned to clinical sites based on space availability and individual learning experiences. Graduates of the phlebotomy certificate are eligible to take a national certification examination for phlebotomy.


All Courses in this program require a C or better for program progression.

All AHS Courses require a 77% competency for program completion.

The Admission Review Committee has final authority in determining admission to all nursing programs.

Criminal Record Check: All direct caregivers must obtain a criminal record check as designated by clinical agencies. Persons convicted of or pled no contest to, including, but not limited to child or adult abuse, sexual assault, assault with a deadly weapon, neglect, or mistreatment or misappropriation of property, are not permitted to work as direct caregivers. More stringent requirements are often enforced by individual clinical agencies. Students who have convictions as described above will not be allowed to attend clinical agencies. A “positive” finding on a criminal background check including, but not limited to, an arrest, conviction, or no-contest plea will automatically exclude a candidate from final admission to the nursing program Candidates with any criminal history are responsible for having their records expunged prior to the running of a background check. Failure to do so and resulting “positive” finding will exclude that candidate from final admission to the program since that candidate will be ineligible to participate in clinical rotations. Candidates may reapply the following year after their record has been expunged. At any point in the program, a “positive” finding in a drug test that excludes a nursing student from admission into a clinical site will lead to his or her removal from the program.

*Graduation times may vary according to course availability and/or individual course load. Consult faculty advisor.

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