Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Phlebotomy – Entry Level

What Is It?

Phlebotomy at the Institute for Health Professionals is delivered in two consecutive terms.  There is a very specific application process with selected applicants invited to interview.

This two-term course provides knowledge and experience to work as a phlebotomist and to qualify to take the American Society of Clinical Pathology certification exam.   

Term one is a 90-hour course consisting of both classroom and lab work. Studies include blood collecting, handling, transporting, and processing blood specimens along with an introduction to laboratory information systems, anatomy, physiology of pertinent body systems, pathologic conditions, lab equipment use/care, safety precautions, HIPAA, and monitoring quality control.

Term two consists of a 100-hour clinical rotation in a hospital or clinic setting where the student must complete a minimum of 100 successful, supervised blood draws. Students perform blood draws and assist in performing routine clinical laboratory tests under the supervision of a pathologist, medical technologist or physician. Once a student successfully completes their clinical rotation, they are prepared and eligible for the national certification exam through the American Society for Clinical Pathologists. Holding the national certificate greatly enhances employability in the field.

Be aware that the hospital where you are placed for your clinical practicum may require a drug screen test for which you are financially responsible. Also, there are situations where the hospital may require a more thorough background check in addition to the one PCC requires. This potential cost will be the student's responsibility, as well.

Payment:  Payment of registration cost is due at the time of registration or students may set up a payment plan with the PCC business office. For Information in regards to payment plan, please visit PCC Payment Plans.  Or, call the business office at 971-722-8888, Option #2

Is It Right for You?

The phlebotomy course is a two term, intensive course that includes training in the skills, knowledge, and abilities critical for a career as a phlebotomist in a health clinic or medical center. Listed below are prerequisites and requirements that students should carefully consider before applying.

What should I do next to get into the training?

  1. If you are not a PCC student, you must create an account to get a "G" number (identifying number) along with getting a PCC email account. To do this, go to non-credit-registration and choose the "Create an Account tab."
  2. For Spring Term, 2016, mail or deliver a complete Application Packet between September 1, 2015 and January 30, 2016. Interested students are encouraged to attend the Phlebotomy Free Informational Session scheduled for 6 pm on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at the CLIMB Center for Advancement, 1626 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR, 97214.
  3. Interviews for selected applicants will occur during the third week of February.  Selected applicants will be contacted to schedule a specific interview time during that week.

*Following the interview process, tentatively accepted students will be notified. Tentatively accepted students must complete and submit a background check within 7 days after notification to receive final approval and admission into the course. Instructions to obtain a background check are included with the application (page 3). Approximate cost to student is $68.

Required application documentation to be submitted for consideration into the program

  • 18 Years of Age when class begins
  • Copy of your High school completion or GED certificate; (A College or University transcript may be substituted for HS diploma or GED Certification)
  • Minimum COMPASS scores (Math Pre-Algebra - 50, Reading - 82, and Writing – 70) are required for ALL applicants. (College or University transcripts cannot be substituted for compass scores). To schedule your COMPASS exam, contact a PCC Testing Center.
  • Copy of Vaccination History (evidence and date of immunization or Immunity) to include:
    • Hepatitis B Series within last ten years or titer result that shows immunity (Hep B is series of 3 shots/takes 9 months to complete)
    • Tuberculosis Testing (PPD or X-ray for the current year)
    • Influenza Vaccine for current season
    • MMR with second dose Measles
    • Varicella with second (post childhood) titer or immunization
    • Tetanus within last ten years