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Phlebotomy Program

The Mandatory Information Session (required before registration into the program) will be held during the upcoming semester at the following times:


  • Thursday, September 21 from 2:00 - 3:00pm    Location: Union Hall, Room 341
  • Monday, October 2 from 4:00 - 5:00pm            Location: Union Hall, Room 341
  • Wednesday, October 18 from 4:00 - 5:00pm     Location: Union Hall, Room 341
  • Friday, November 17 from 12:00 - 1:00pm         Location: Union Hall, Room 341

There is no need to register for the Mandatory Information Session, however attendance is required to register for the first semester courses, MULT 1950 and MULT 1910. In Fall 2016, MULT 1910 EKG has been added to the Phlebotomy Program Certificate. Attendance at an information session is necessary so you can learn of this change.  If you have already attended an information session, it will be important to come to an information session even if you have attendance one in the past.

To make sure you are ready for registration for the Phlebotomy Program, you MUST attend a Mandatory Information Session to learn how you can become eligible to register for the program based on course prerequisites (see "Prerequisites"), fingerprinting for a background check AND have the restriction removed from your record. It is ideal to have the fingerprint/background process completed 3 weeks prior to the beginning of the semester registration period to be able to register on time. If your fingerprint/background check investigation has any background problems, you will be contacted by the chairperson who will make the determination regarding the ability to be eligible to stay or continue with registering of the program. If you are not permitted to stay in the program, you will be asked to drop the course that day. In addition, drug screening is mandatory. However, this can be done after you have successfully registered for MULT 1950 and MULT 1910. Drug screening is good for 1 year only. Details to this process and the background check with be shared during the Mandatory Information Session.

About the Phlebotomy Program

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:

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. Also in the first semester students will take MULT 1910, where students will learn how to correctly perform the twelve lead EKG, troubleshoot the instrumentation for a source of error, explanation of results achieved from the process, an introduction to health care, anatomy and physiology of the heart, and basic dysrhythmia recognition.

In the second semester:

MULT 2950 continues the practice in an in-patient 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 Phlebotomy Program Certificate of Completion.

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.