TCC’s Phlebotomy Program prepares you to work as a phlebotomist professional, drawing blood from patients in a safe and sanitary manner. As a phlebotomist, you draw blood samples for medical tests or to collect blood donations.
Our Phlebotomy option is for phlebotomy trainees and professionals new to the medical laboratory technology field who need to rapidly acquire phlebotomy skills. Our program also provides a comprehensive overview of the key areas of the clinical laboratory, including specimen processing.
When you complete our program and receive a phlebotomy certificate, you may apply for the National Phlebotomy Registry examination through the American Society of Clinical Pathology.
TCC’s Phlebotomy Certificate Program is approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.
Our Phlebotomy Certificate Program admits a new class each fall, spring, and summer semester. Each class is limited to 12 students. Multiple sections may be offered based on demand. The Phlebotomy Certificate courses will take a total of one semester to complete. Summer classes in Phlebotomy are only available online.
Apply to Program
The applicant pool for programs in the School of Health Sciences is very competitive. An application does not mean acceptance into the Health Sciences program. Applicants are required to meet with a School of Health Sciences advisor before they apply to a program and may be required to attend an orientation for the Allied Health-related programs. All application correspondence from the School of Health Sciences will be through your TCC email.
The Phlebotomy Program is approved by The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS). As a requirement of our accreditation with NAACLS we must maintain minimum benchmark standards for: Graduation Rate, ASCP National Board Exam Pass Rate and Job Placement rates. At Tulsa Community College we have set Program Goals for these three benchmarks as well that include individual year outcomes. The Goals we set are meant to exceed the minimum standard as we want our Phlebotomy program to have a very high standard for student success. The NAACLS benchmark standards and TCC Goal expectations are listed below and include our Phlebotomy Outcomes for the last 4 years.
Phlebotomy Programs Goals
- 75% of students will graduate from the program each year
- 90% of graduates will pass the ASCP certification examination
- 90 % of graduates will be employed in a related job w/in 6 months of graduation
- Three years consecutive results of graduation rates demonstrating an average of at least 70%.
- Three years consecutive results of graduate certification rates demonstrating an average of at least 75% pass rate on the ASCP-BOC examination.
- Three years consecutive results of graduate placement rates demonstrating an average of at least 70%.
OUTCOMES for NAACLS Benchmarks and TCC Goals
|Graduation Year||# of Graduates||Graduation Rate||TCC Goals||3 Year Average||NAACLS Benchmark|
|Graduation Year||ASCP-BOC Pass Rate||TCC Goals||3 Year Average||NAACLS Benchmark|
|Graduation Year||Job Placement Rate (Employment)||TCC Goals||3 Year Average||NAACLS Benchmark|
These rates are calculated on a calendar year.
Mission and Purpose
The purpose of the Phlebotomy Program at Tulsa Community College is to enable individuals to enter the health care community as registered Phlebotomists.
The Phlebotomy program endeavors to train individuals to technically and academically perform phlebotomy competently and to function as professionals on a health care team in attitude, ethics and appearances, always keeping patient care as the primary concern. The curriculum provides preparation in general theory and training in practical skills in those competencies consistent with the profession.
Upon successful completion of the Phlebotomy program, the student is eligible for a Certificate in Phlebotomy and qualified to take a national certification examination in order to become a registered phlebotomist.
The primary job market for graduates of the program will be the state of Oklahoma, although students may come from many locales and may practice nationwide. Job opportunities await the phlebotomist in hospitals, reference laboratories, clinics, physicians’ offices, blood centers and public health facilities.
Students may continue their education towards an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technology from Tulsa Community College. Students wishing to continue their education should notify the Medical Laboratory Technology Program Director so that the academic curriculum can be incorporated into their present curriculum.
In keeping with the philosophy of Tulsa Community College, students learn a foundation of clinical judgment and problem solving skills as their initial step toward self -education. The Phlebotomy Program has commitment to continued education and professional development of program graduates and other phlebotomists within the community.
Phlebotomy Technical Standards
Technical standards are the essential non-academic requirements of the program that a student must be able to master in order to successfully participate in the Phlebotomy Program and become employable. Examples of this program's technical standards are provided below. If you are not sure that you will be able to meet these technical standards, please consult with the Allied Health counselor or the Disabled Student Resource Center for further information and to discuss your individual situation.
- Must have the academic ability to learn technical and medical information to complete the clinical practicum.
- Must have the ability to communicate in English with instructors, patients and other medical personnel.
- Must have sufficient two-handed manual dexterity to be able to apply and release tourniquets, palpate veins, use venipuncture equipment (such as vacuum tubes and holders, syringes and butterfly needles), and skin puncture equipment.
- Must possess organizational skills to determine when blood samples need to be collected, order of draw and fill, proper timing of draws and deliveries.
- Must have the ability and stamina to climb stairs, run considerable distances in emergency situations, walk considerable distances regularly, as well as stand, bend, help position patients and reach at arms length for up to several hours per day.
- Must prove normal or corrected hearing to discern audible signals, phones, pneumatic tube systems and timing devices.
- Must be able to write names and copy numbers precisely on small test tube labels, in logs or on report forms. Technological compensation can be made for some handicaps in these areas, but an applicant should be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner. The use of a trained intermediary may be possible in the college setting but in the work environment it would mean that judgment must be mediated by someone else’s power of selection and observation.
By completing the Phlebotomy Certificate application, you verify that you can meet all of these functions, with or without reasonable accommodations.
Workforce Development Degree Information
Workforce development degree and certificate programs are designed to prepare students for direct entry into the workforce. They may advance students within their current career positions or open doors to new career opportunities. Coursework may apply towards a degree at a four-year university; check with an advisor for further information. The number of hours that apply to a degree will vary from one university to another.
The Phlebotomy Certificate Program at Tulsa Community College is nationally accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. The graduates of this program receive a Certificate of Completion and are eligible to apply for the National Phlebotomy Registry Examination. (ASCP)
Tulsa Community College is approved by: National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720 Rosemont, IL 60018-5119 Website: naacls.org