Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Phlebotomy – Entry Level

What Is It?

Phlebotomy at CLIMB for Health Professionals is two courses in two consecutive terms that require an application process with deadline along with a selection interview and background check. Registration is done through the CLIMB office because of the prerequisites. Please read through this description and then see the application process for next steps.

This two-term course provides knowledge and experience to work as a phlebotomist and to qualify to take the American Society of Clinical Pathology exam to become a nationally certified phlebotomist. After successful completion of Term One which includes 90 hours of classroom and lab training participants will move onto clinical lab practicums. Term Two provides 100 hours in a laboratory setting in a hospital, physician office, and outpatient facility or at an approved site by PCC CLIMB for Health Professionals. Students in Term Two will be supervised by laboratory personnel for a total of 100 clock hours.

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 has a pre-requisite of successful completion of Term One and is a 100-hour clinical rotation in a hospital or clinic setting where the student must complete a minimum of 100 successful, supervised blood draws. The students are prepared to perform blood draws and to 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. PCC's CLIMB course in phlebotomy meets the requirements for students to sit for this exam. 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.

COST:  $2598.00 Due at the time of registration or students may set up a 3 months payment plan with the PCC, Business Office.   For Information in regards to payment plan, please visit  PCC Payment Plan webpage here.

Is It Right for You?

The Phlebotomy course is a two term, intensive training with a curriculum that includes training and education in the skills, knowledge, and abilities that have been identified as critical for career entry-level positions 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. Mail or deliver between September 1, 2015 to January 30, 2016 a complete Application Packet. (Applications submitted before September 1 will not be accepted and will be returned.)  Interested students are encouraged to attend the Phlebotomy Free Informational Session scheduled for 6pm on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at the CLIMB center.
  3. Select applicants will be invited for an interview on the third week of February.

*Students who are invited to interview, and are tentatively selected for the course, MUST complete and submit a background check within 7 days after the interview to receive final approval and acceptance into the course. Instructions to obtain a background check will be provided to selected applicants. (Approximate cost to student is $68)

Required 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 degree can be substituted for HS diploma or GED Cert.)
  • Minimum COMPASS SCORES for:  Math Pre-Algebra 50, Reading 82, and Writing 70 are required for ALL applicants. (Transcripts, College or University degree cannot be substituted for compass scores.) To schedule your COMPASS Exam, please 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

Thank you for your interest in Phlebotomy through CLIMB for Health Professionals at Portland Community College.