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 MedCA Certifications.

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MLT and Phlebotomy

A new class will be admitted to the Phlebotomy Program this fall; classes begin Oct. 10. Student selection is based on completion of all requirements:

Registration is closed for the Fall 2022 class.*

  1. Complete and submit the online application form here.
  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 June 30, 2022. (Notification of Acceptance: July 15 – July 18.) 

*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.

Essential Functions are the fundamental job duties and skills associated with a particular position. All students are required to read the Essential Functions identified for the Phlebotomy Program and determine if they are capable of performing these functions with or without reasonable accommodation. Students must be able to: *

  • Lift 40 pounds
  • Hear high and low frequency sounds within normal range with or without corrective devices
  • See with 20-40 visual acuity with or without corrective lenses
  • Feel veins and pulses
  • Smell body and environmental odors
  • Coordinate eye and hand movements
  • Coordinate motor movements
  • See different color spectrums
  • Read, comprehend and write legibly in the English language
  • Send and receive verbal messages in the English language and be able to respond appropriately
  • Perform correctly simple mathematical computations
  • Walk and transport equipment without assistance
  • Reach and position overhead equipment used in the laboratory
  • Be oriented to reality and not be mentally impaired by mind-altering substances

* The Americans with Disabilities Act requires colleges and universities to inform students of all performance expectations related to their job and school performance. In accordance with College policy, when requested, reasonable accommodations may be provided for individuals with disabilities. Requests for reasonable accommodations should be directed to the program director.

(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.

Melissa Watson, program instructor


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