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The Mandatory Information Session (required before registration) will be held during Spring Semester at the following times:

February 17th    11am - 12pm   Location: Union Hall 221

February 27th    12pm - 1pm     Location: Union Hall 340

March 9th            4pm - 5pm     Location: Union Hall 305

April 15th             4pm - 5pm     Location: Union Hall 305


This will be in preparation for the upcoming semester. Until then, you can review the prerequisites that are linked from this page so that you can be prepared to register.

There is no need to register for the mandatory information session, however attendance is required prior to registration for the first course. If you have already attended an information session, you do not need to attend again.

To make sure you are ready for registration for MULT 1950, you MUST complete course prerequisites (see "Prerequisites"), fingerprinting for a background check AND have the restriction removed from your record. The fingerprints must be taken a minimum of 3 weeks prior to the beginning of the registration period to be able to register at that time.If your background investigation reports any background problems, you will be contacted by the chairperson who will make the determination regarding the ability to be eligible for or stay in the program if you are registered. If you are not permitted to stay in the program, you will be asked to drop the course, or you will be administratively withdrawn.

In addition, drug screening is mandatory. However, this can be done after you have successfully registered for MULT 1950. Drug screening is good for 1 year only.

This NAACLS approved program is a 2-semester sequence in which theory and skills are practiced in the classroom and campus laboratory environment and also in the clinical setting. Upon completion of the 2-semester program, a certificate of completion is awarded by the college. To become nationally certified, you will need to take an examination, administered by an outside agency. Completion of this national certification exam is not a requirement to successfully complete the program.

During the first semester in MULT 1950, students learn the theory associated with the collection of blood and practice the skill in the campus laboratory environment. In addition, the student participates in a clinical experience in an outpatient setting. In this experience, students are exposed to a variety of patient types and blood collection techniques.

In the second semester, MULT 2950 continues the practice in an inpatient clinical setting. At this point, these clinical experiences are only available during the day shift.

The clinical facilities that are used for this clinical experience are located in Columbus and is surrounding counties. Assignment to the clinical experience facility in the first course is based upon order of registration.

The completion of the program is a requirement for eligibility to take the national certification exams administered by ASCP and NCA. However, passing the national certification exam it is not a requirement for the awarding of the certificate.

The Phlebotomy program at Columbus State is approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) at 5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119.847-939-3597