Carolina School of Phlebotomy – Phlebotomy Program

All of our phlebotomy training classes are comprehensive and emphasizes a “hands-on” method – each student will draw blood at least once in every class. These draws will be performed with supervision on other class members. Our instructors will guide you as you learn a variety of phlebotomy techniques. In addition, you will learn the “tricks of the trade” that will help with special patients and difficult draws.

Our Phlebotomy Program provides the student with skills and training in order to succeed as a phlebotomist. This course contains 6-weeks of lecture, discussion, and practical instruction in the lab, followed by a 40-hour clinical externship at a local patient service center, hospital or clinic. The hours of the externship are site-specific but are usually done over the space of one week, Monday through Friday. This is a larger time commitment but the externship is a valuable clinical experience. Please contact our office if you have any questions about course requirements or time commitments.

Our experienced instructors will guide you as you learn a variety of blood drawing techniques, safety standards, basic anatomy and physiology, and other areas such as:

Phlebotomy program content includes:

  • HIPAA and Patient's Rights
  • Universal Precautions and Safety
  • Venipuncture with Vacutainers, Butterflies and Syringes
  • Finger and Heel Sticks
  • Blood and Blood Components
  • Medical Laboratory Terminology
  • Test Tubes – Uses, Additives and Order of Draw
  • Professionalism
  • Special Procedures – Bleeding Times, Blood Cultures, Glucose Tolerance Testing
  • Difficult Draws – Tricks of the Trade
  • Phlebotomy Program Admissions Requirements:

  • 18 Years of Age or Older
  • High School Diploma, GED, or International High School Diploma Equivalency

    The 7-Week phlebotomy program consists of the four following parts:

    Skills Lab
    Clinical Externship

    Two sessions per week for 6-weeks. Each session is 4 hours and features about 2 hours of lecture each session.
    Introduction to the lab with hands-on skills and live venipunctures.
    4 quizzes based on chapter material are required and given throughout the program.
    After completion of the 6-week on-site portion, a 1-week clinical externship will be assigned.

    Material is presented by a qualified and state approved instructor.
    Mechanics of equipment and specimen handling are taught alongside techniques of venipuncture.
    A comprehensive multiple-choice final examination is given prior to externship.
    Students must complete all 40 clinical externship hours to be awarded your certificate. A booklet is provided for assessment and hours logging.

    A book is provided to you for reference during and after the program.
    A focus on professionalism and patient care prepares students for the real-world setting.
    Final skills evaluation on venipuncture technique and professionalism is performed prior to externship.
    Various factors are considered in externship placement, including progress in the program, payment compliance, attendance, and student preference.

    The following is the break-down for tuition and fees for the Phlebotomy program.

    • Registration Fee: $50
    • Tuition: $500
    • Laboratory Fee: $150
    • Books and Supplies: $100
    • Externship Fee: $100

    Registration fee is due to hold your seat in the program and is nonrefundable after 3 business days

    Externships are performed at clinical facilities which have agreed to partner with CSP to provide students with the opportunity to not only fulfill the required clinical hours, but to interact with patients and other healthcare professionals in a real-world clinical environment where skills are put in context. This placement is completely coordinated by CSP's externship coordinator and students are assigned to sites based on a number of factors, including attendance, payment compliance, progress in the program, and student preference. Students should plan on having a full week of availability the two weeks immediately following the end date of the class in order to attend externship, which is performed Monday through Friday during the operational hours of the clinical site, which typically fall somewhere between 6am to 6pm.

    Externship placements are throughout the greater Carolinaland area and the state of Illinois, and the requirements of each clinical facility vary but typically include a TB test and criminal background check, while others may also have additional requirements such as a lab coat, health assessment, immunization records, or other records.

    The Carolina School of Phlebotomy is an approved phlebotomy certificate program through the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Students who have successfully completed the Phlebotomy Program will be given the option to sit for an accredited national examination through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) to become a Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT). This is optional and employment is not contingent upon successful completion, although it may make an individual more competitive in the job market.

    TESTING DATEEXAM TIMEREG. CLOSESCPT – September 02, 20222:00pm August 23, 2022 CPT – October 07, 20222:00pm September 27, 2022 CPT – November 04, 20222:00pm October 25, 2022 CPT – December 02, 20222:00pm November 22, 2022

    • Register through the NHA website

    Payment plans are available to divide the cost of the program over the time you are enrolled. These plans are provided at no additional cost and available to all students. You can choose one of the three payment plans listed below to pay for your enrollment in the Phlebotomy program at CSP:

    Plan A
    Plan B
    Plan C

    Registration Fee
    $50 at Registration
    $50 at Registration
    $50 at Registration

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    One of the major factors to consider when pursuing education in any field is the what the hiring market looks like for students after graduation. While no school can guarantee that graduates will find a job, CSP is committed to providing career assistance services that will guide the student through the job application process.

    Quick Facts

    2015 Median Pay
    $31,630 per year ($15.21 per hour)

    Typical Entry-Level Education
    Postsecondary nondegree award

    Work Experience Required in a Related Occupation

    Additional On-the-job Training Required

    Number of Jobs (2014)

    Job Outlook (2014-2024)
    25% (Much faster than average)

    Employment Change (2014-2024)

    Data Table From: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Phlebotomists, on the Internet at (data retrieved September 11, 2016).

    Upcoming 2022/2023 7 Week Phlebotomy Schedule

    PLB classes meet twice a week for 6 weeks.

    CAPPLB Monday/Wednesday Evenings 6:00 PM – 10:00 PMCLASS/IDSTART DATEEND DATESEATSPLB 5945 June 15, 2022 July 27, 2022 Closed PLB 5946 August 01, 2022 September 12, 2022 Closed PLB 5947 September 19, 2022 October 26, 2022 Open PLB 5948 October 31, 2022 December 19, 2022 Open PLB 5949 December 19, 2022 January 30, 2023 Open

    CAPPLB Tuesday/Thursday Afternoon 1:00 PM – 5:00 PMCLASS/IDSTART DATEEND DATESEATSPLB 5953 June 07, 2022 July 14, 2022 Closed PLB 5954 July 19, 2022 August 25, 2022 Closed PLB 5955 September 06, 2022 October 13, 2022 Open PLB 5956 October 18, 2022 November 29, 2022 Open PLB 5957 December 20, 2022 January 26, 2023 Open

    CAPPLB Wednesday/Friday Mornings 9:00 AM – 1:00 PMCLASS/IDSTART DATEEND DATESEATSPLB 6074 May 25, 2022 July 01, 2022 Closed PLB 6075 July 06, 2022 August 12, 2022 Closed PLB 6076 August 24, 2022 September 30, 2022 Closed PLB 6077 October 05, 2022 November 11, 2022 Open PLB 6078 November 30, 2022 January 06, 2023 Open