Phlebotomy Training

Phlebotomy Training

Phlebotomy is an excellent career choice for those who are energetic and have a desire to help others. The six-week course will teach the skills necessary to obtain blood samples suitable for testing in any laboratory setting.

This course is fast paced. This course is non-credit and consists of 65 hours of lecture and 35 hours of clinical experience in the laboratory / hospital setting. Classes meet Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Gadsden State’s Valley Street Campus.

Once the Phlebotomy training course is completed, the student will be able to enter the workforce and will be eligible to take the Phlebotomy Certification Exam administered by National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

It is very important for those interested in enrolling in Phlebotomy to check your spam/junk mail so you do not miss any communications.

MLT and Phlebotomy

Student selection is based on completion of all requirements:

  1. Application form is closed. 
  2. Register for and take the reading portion of the TABE Placement Test for the Phlebotomy program. TABE testing is administered through the Adult Education Department in Ralls Hall on the East Broad Campus 256-549-8231 and in the Adult Education Building on the Ayers Campus 256-832-1206. Please call to make an appointment for testing. EVERYONE is required to take the TABE test no matter your status in college and no matter what degree you hold. We use the score to rank all applicants, highest to lowest score, to admit our class. NO SCORE automatically disqualifies you from selection.
  3. Must be in good standing with the College.
  4. Must meet the Essential Functions required for Phlebotomy students.
  5. Ensure all steps are complete by midnight March 22, 2024. (Notification of Acceptance: April 1 – April 3.) Orientation for accepted participants is April 10.

*Due to COVID, we have limited clinical sites. Clinical training may take longer than the 6-week course in order to have all participants completed.

After acceptance to the class:

  1. Pass a criminal background check and drug test upon admission to the program.
  2. Submit a completed health questionnaire/physical, immunizations, and TB skin test.
  3. Proof of certification for CPR (BLS for health care providers) training.
  4. Demonstrate proof of health insurance per the requirements of the facility.

The essential functions below are necessary for health care program admission, progression, and graduation and for the provision of safe and effective care. The essential functions include but are not limited to the ability to: *

  • Sensory Perception
    • Visual (with or without corrective lenses)
      • Observe and discern subtle changes in physical conditions and the environment
      • Visualize different color spectrums and color changes
      • Read fine print in varying levels of light
      •  Read for prolonged periods of time
      • Read cursive writing
      • Read at varying distances
      • Read data/information displayed on monitors/equipment
    • Auditory
      • Interpret monitoring devices
      • Distinguish muffled sounds heard through a stethoscope
      • Hear and discriminate high and low frequency sounds produced by the body and the environment
      • Effectively hear to communicate with others
    • Tactile
      • Discern tremors, vibrations, pulses, textures, temperature, shapes, size, location and other physical characteristics
    • Olfactory
      • Detect body odors and odors in the environment
  • Communication/ Interpersonal Relationships
    • Verbally and in writing, engage in a two-way communication and interact effectively with others, from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds
    • Work effectively in groups
    • Work effectively independently
    • Discern and interpret nonverbal communication
    • Express one’s ideas and feelings clearly
    • Communicate with others accurately in a timely manner
    • Obtain communications from a computer
  • Cognitive/Critical Thinking
    • Effectively read, write, and comprehend the English language
    • Consistently and dependably engage in the process of critical thinking in order to formulate and implement safe and ethical nursing decisions in a variety of health care settings
    • Demonstrate satisfactory performance on written examinations including mathematical computations without a calculator
    • Satisfactorily achieve the program objectives
  • Motor Function
    • Handle small delicate equipment/objects without extraneous movement, contamination, or destruction
    • Move, position, turn, transfer, assist with lifting, or lift and carry clients without injury to clients, self, or others
    • Maintain balance from any position
    • Stand on both legs
    • Coordinate hand/eye movements
    • Push/pull heavy objects without injury to client, self or others
    • Stand, bend, walk, and/or sit for 6-12 hours in a clinical setting performing physical activities requiring energy without jeopardizing the safety of the client, self or others
    • Walk without a cane, walker or crutches
    • Function with hands free for nursing care and transporting items
    • Transport self and client without the use of electrical devices
    • Flex, abduct, and rotate all joints freely
    • Respond rapidly to emergency situations
    • Maneuver in small areas
    • Perform daily care functions for the client
    • Coordinate fine and gross motor hand movements to provide safe effective nursing care
    • Calibrate/use equipment
    • Execute movement required to provide nursing care in all health care settings
    • Perform CPR and physical assessment
    • Operate a computer
  • Professional Behavior
    • Convey caring, respect, sensitivity, tact, compassion, empathy, tolerance, and a healthy attitude toward others
    • Demonstrate a mentally healthy attitude that is age appropriate in relationship to the client
    • Handle multiple tasks concurrently
    • Perform safe, effective nursing care for clients in a caring context
    • Understand and follow the policies and procedures of the College and clinical agencies
    • Understand the consequences of violating the student code of conduct
    • Understand that posing a direct threat to others is unacceptable and subjects one to discipline
    • Not to pose a threat to self or others
    • Function effectively in situations of uncertainty and stress inherent in providing nursing care
    • Adapt to changing environments and situations k) Remain free of chemical dependency
    • Report promptly to clinical and remain for 6-12 hours on the clinical unit
    • Provide nursing care in an appropriate time frame
    • Accepts responsibility, accountability, and ownership of one’s actions
    • Seek supervision/consultation in a timely manner
    • Examine and modify one’s own behavior when it interferes with nursing care or learning

* The Alabama College System endorses the Americans with Disabilities Act. In accordance with Gadsden State Community College Policy, when requested, reasonable accommodations may be provided for individuals with disabilities.

(No fees or expenses are required until you are accepted into the program)

The Phlebotomy program does not qualify for federal student aid; therefore, all fees are the responsibility of the participant.



Tuition, Books and Fees


Scrubs and shoes


Drug Screening


Background check


Physical Examination/Immunizations**

$150 - $500

Certification Examination

$125 - $150


**Note: Students may have a physical exam with a family doctor, nurse practitioner or clinic of their choice. We will provide the forms needed for you to take to your exam. Costs vary based on exam fees and immunizations needed.

  • ALL CNA and Phlebotomy skills validated with an average of at least 75%
  • ALL CNA and Phlebotomy exams up to date with an average of at least 75%
  • Phlebotomy final exam with an average of at least 75%
  • BLS, First Aid, and Bloodborne Pathogens videos completed passing ALL skills and exams with each exam average of at least 84%
  • Attend at least 75% of ALL class and lab hours (Phlebotomy and CNA)
  • Immunizations for clinical facilities
    • MMR x 2 or titer indicates immunity
    • Hepatitis B x 3 or titer indicates immunity
    • Influenza if in season (October – March)
    • Varicella (Chickenpox) or titer indicates immunity
    • TDAP
    • COVID vaccination or religious or medical exemption
  • Two-step TB skin test with annual within 12 months or negative chest x-ray
  • Clear Drug Screen and Background check
  • Physical examination form releasing student for participation
  • Gadsden State Community College Clinical ID Badge
  • Alabama Nurse Aide Registry – not appearing on the abuse list
  • Complete ALL course Paperwork
    • Class Orientation
      • Contact Information
      • Syllabus Acknowledgment 
      • Non-Disclosure Form
      • Infected Student
      • Substance Abuse
      • Essential Function
      • Program Check List
    • Clinical Orientation
      • Clinical Dress Code
      • Clinical Contract
      • Clinical Site required forms

Melissa Watson, program instructor


Additional contact:
Skills Training Division
256-549-8640 or 256-549-8234