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Health Professions: Phlebotomist

Phlebotomists are allied health professionals who draw blood from patients or blood donors for medical testing working in hospitals, patient service centers, physicianoffices, public health facilities, and insurance carriers.

The Phlebotomy Technician Career Studies Certificate Program

Located in the TCC Regional Health Professions Center - Virginia Beach campus

Read more: Description of profession   ~   Admission to the Program     ~    Mission    ~  Print Info Packet

Program Lengthsyringe


The TCC Phlebotomy Technician Certificate Program is
one semester
in length and consists of four courses:

Courses begin in the fall and spring semesters.
They may or may not be offered as a summer course.
Check Class Schedule.

Certification Eligibility




Upon completion of the Program the graduate is eligible for the national examinations for Phlebotomy offered by ASCP and other agencies. Passing of a national certification exam is not required for awarding the certificate of completion in Phlebotomy.

Questions? - Contact us!

  • Attend our Phlebotomy Program’s Open House
  • If you are eligible for Veterans educational benefits, contact the Veterans Affairs Office, 757-822-7235.


Description of the Profession

Phlebotomists are proficient in:

  • collecting, transporting, handling and processing blood specimens for analysis;
  • recognizing the importance of specimen collection in the overall patient care system;
  • relating the anatomy and physiology of body systems and anatomic terminology to the major areas of the clinical laboratory, and to general pathologic conditions associated with body systems;
  • identifying and selecting equipment, supplies, and additives used in blood collection;
  • recognizing factors that affect specimen collection procedures and test results, and taking appropriate actions within predetermined limits, when applicable;
  • recognizing and adhering to infection control; and safety policies and procedures;
  • monitoring quality control within predetermined limits;
  • recognizing the various components of the health care delivery system;
  • recognizing the responsibilities of other laboratory and health care personnel and interacting with them with respect for their jobs and patient care;
  • demonstrating professional conduct, stress management, interpersonal and communication skills with patients, peers, and other health care personnel and with the public;
  • demonstrating an understanding of requisitioning and the legal implications of their work environment;
  • applying basic principles in learning new techniques and procedures;
  • recognizing and acting upon individual needs for continuing education as a function of growth and maintenance of professional competence.


  • To be an exemplary program graduating highly qualified individuals to fill the employment needs of clinical laboratories. vial of blood
  • Committed to serving students and the medical laboratory community through guidance, excellent academic instruction and professional training utilizing traditional and innovative means.
  • Faculty committed to providing quality instruction by preparing the graduate to be employable at an entry-level in general Phlebotomy and to be successful on the National Certification Examination in Phlebotomy.