Phlebotomy Training (PLB) (non-degree program)

A phlebotomist is skilled in blood collection and the preparation of certain specimens for diagnostic laboratory testing, as ordered by a physician. This program prepares individuals for careers as phlebotomists in various health care settings such as hospitals, physician offices, HMOs, surgical centers, and independent laboratories. Students study the profession’s history; medical terminology; venipuncture; arterial puncture; microsampling; special blood collection procedures; OSHA and safety procedures involving blood borne pathogens; basic computer applications; basic pre-analytical and post-analytical laboratory procedures, and point of care testing; and electrocardiography procedures.  Course objectives and competency are accomplished through formal coursework, laboratory practice, and a clinical practicum (a three week, 40 hour per week commitment). Starting in the fall 2011, a $150 fee for the practicum will be assessed. Upon completion of this certificate, students are eligible to sit for the certification exam. For more information, please call 978-630-9110.

Number Suggested Course Order


Semester Grade Prerequisites/Notes
PLB101 Introduction to Phlebotomy


    ENG098, FYE101,RDG098, or placement;  or permission of division dean
PLB203 Phlebotomy Clinical Practicum


                                                Total: 7 credits

Campus/format: A majority of this certificate of completion can be completed during the evening at the Gardner Campus.

Helpful hints: This is a great professional development opportunity for those already in the healthcare field.

Transfer options: PLB101 and 203 can be used as career electives in the Allied Health programs (AHC & GSAH). Consult with your academic advisor.

Special requirements: Students must have proof of immunizations, liability insurance (for PLB203), and a Criminal and Sexual Offender Records Information (CORI/SORI) check (see page 23 of the college catalog). Drug testing may be required by individual clinical agencies. Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations. Due to the limited availability of practicum sites, students will be charged a special fee.

Career options: After passing the certification exam, graduates can become phlebotomists.

Earning potential: $11.25 to $12.15 per hour.

Technical Standards* for PLB

* For general information about technical standards and accommodation, see page 66 of the college catalog.

Students entering this program, must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  • Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  • Stand for a minimum of two hours.
  • Walk for a minimum of six hours, not necessarily consecutively.
  • Stoop, bend, and twist for a minimum of 30 minutes at a time and be able to repeat this activity at frequent intervals.
  • Lift a 40-pound person or assist with a larger person and transfer the person from one location to another.
  • Determine by touch: hotness/coldness, wetness/dryness, and hardness/softness.
  • Use the small muscle dexterity necessary to do such tasks as gloving, gowning, and operating controls on machinery.
  • Respond to spoken words, monitor signals, call bells, and vital sign assessment equipment.
  • Identify behaviors that would endanger a person’s life or safety and intervene quickly, with an appropriate solution, in a crisis situation.