Course Description

This course provides theory and clinical experiences needed for the proper collection of blood and other specimens used for diagnostic testing. Students are prepared to safely perform procedures necessary for specimen collections on patients in various health care settings Emphasis is placed on ethics, legalities, medical terminology, safety and universal precautions, health care delivery systems, patient relations, anatomy and physiology, and specimen collections. Students are eligible take the national certification exam for phlebotomy technicians.

This course is comprised of 240 hours and offered in a seated format. Class days and times vary. Clinical rotation days and hours vary.

*Students are required to complete Healthcare Career Readiness, an 18-hour course that focuses on employability skills such as job readiness training, resume building, interviewing, communication, career exploration, and stress management. The cost for this course will be covered with a tuition waiver or scholarship funds, for those who qualify.

*CPR for Healthcare Providers is given during this class.


High School Diploma (or equivalent diploma)


  • Tuition: $180
  • Clinical Uniform: $30-40, depending upon size. School approved uniforms are required.
  • Background Check: $45.00
  • Drug Screen: $47.00 (approximately)

*Costs are subject to change.

Textbook Information

Title: Phlebotomy Phlebotomy Essentials by Diana Garza/Kathleen Becan-McBride,
ISBN: 9780134709321
Book cost: $140.50 + tax
Digital e-book: $36.75

Textbook can be purchased at the VGCC Bookstores on the Main Campus or online at the VGCC Bookstore website .

Uniform Requirements:

  • Black uniform (scrub) top and black uniform (scrub) pants
  • White or black shoes, closed heel and closed toe
  • Clean fingernail of fingertip length or shorter, without polish or acrylic
  • Tattoos must be covered.
  • The only body piercing jewelry allowed is one pair of stud earrings. Stud earrings are to be worn in the earlobes only.
  • Unnatural colored hair is not allowed. For example, blue, purple, green (or any sprayed-in hair color or hair chalk) is not allowed.

Shot Records

Individual clinical sites have different requirements regarding immunizations. On the first day of class, your instructor will tell you what immunizations and/or vaccinations are needed and whether or not drug screen and background screening is needed. All students must have an annual flu shot for classed scheduled October-March.

Depending upon the class or the clinical site you attend, you may be asked to produce immunization verification for one or more of the following immunizations:

  • Two-Step TB Skin Test
  • Hepatitis B vaccination
  • Varicella (chicken pox)
  • Tdap
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
  • COVID-19 or Clinical Site Exemption Form
  • Health Insurance (may be required by some clinical sites)

If the Hepatitis B, Varicella, or MMR vaccinations are greater than 10 years old, students must provide proof of immunity via titers. All immunization verifications must be given to the instructor within 14 days of the first day of class to assure acceptance into the clinical setting.

Background Checks and Drug Screen

Drug Testing: On the first day of class your instructor will tell you if a drug screen is required for the clinical site you will be attending. He/She will give you all the information you need to complete the drug screen.

Background checks are required in all healthcare programs that have a clinical rotation. If a background check is required, your instructor will give you all the information you need to complete the background check. Background checks must be done through MYB . Background checks from other sources WILL NOT be accepted.

Student Online Background Check/Drug Screen Request Procedure

  • Go to the MYB website to complete your background check/Drug Screen Request
  • The cost of a background check is $35.00
  • The cost for a 12 Panel Drug Screen is $47.
  • Complete the background check during the first week of class to ensure that you will be accepted into the clinical rotation for your class.

All healthcare program students are approved by the clinical sites. The clinical site bases student acceptance or denial on background check information.

First Day of Class

Required Documents: Instructor must verify documents before student is officially enrolled in the class.

  • Copy of High School Diploma or GED
  • Social Security Card
Coordinator, Occupational Healthcare Programs
MAIN CAMPUS - Henderson
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