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Career Studies Certificate

TCC Phlebotomy student practices drawing blood using a patient simulator

Learn phlebotomy at the state’s best program

You can start an in-demand career as a phlebotomist in just one semester at TCC

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Tidewater Community College’s Career Studies Certificate in Phlebotomy is the best in the state of Virginia and among the top 30 in the nation, according to

Phlebotomists are proficient in collecting, handling and processing blood specimens for analysis. Graduates of TCC’s 12-credit program, which includes hands-on clinical instruction, are prepared for the National Certification Examination in Phlebotomy.

You will become an integral member of the health care team as you learn to:

  • collect, transport, handle and process blood specimens for analysis
  • identify and select equipment, supplies and additives used in blood collection
  • recognize and handle issues such as infection and contamination
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TCC’s state-of-the-art clinical laboratory trains students on the equipment they use on the job, and the faculty are professionals in the field

100% of TCC graduates have passed the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) exam. Certification is not required to work as a phlebotomist in Virginia.

This program is currently NOT eligible for federal financial aid. Learn more about paying for TCC.


TCC's phlebotomy program recognized as the best in Virginia

Median annual salary

Jobs related to this field have an annual median salary of $36,878*

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If you are a veteran, active-duty, spouse or dependent, TCC's Center for Military and Veterans Education is standing by to help you get started

IMPORTANT Additional admission requirements

Your acceptance as a Tidewater Community College student does not guarantee admission to most TCC health profession programs. We want you to be aware of these additional requirements and important information for this program.

Get program admission packetIf you are a new TCC student, begin your journey by applying for admission and financial aid. On your application, indicate that you intend to pursue the Career Studies Certificate in Phlebotomy.

As a prospective health professions student, you must also:

1. Attend a mandatory information session, which is held the third Thursday of each month at 4 p.m. (except December) at the Regional Health Professions Center on the Virginia Beach Campus.

Topics covered are general information, admissions process, prerequisite courses, selection process, curriculum, hands-on learning in clinical settings, provisional acceptance requirements and more. Faculty and staff will be available to answer your questions.

2. Complete and submit the Health Professions Program Application and immunization record by April 1 (until class fills) for fall admission and Nov. 1 (until class fills) for spring admission.

Admission to the program is based on the date the completed application was received in the Medical Laboratory Technology/Phlebotomy Program Director’s office.

After you’ve been accepted:

1. Submit the Health Professions Physical Examination Form showing satisfactory health status based on a physician’s exam within the previous 12 months.

2. Submit your immunization record showing you have met Virginia’s requirements for health care personnel.

3. Submit documentation of a negative TB test.

4. Complete a criminal/sex offender background check prior to working at any clinical facility.* 

* Tidewater Community College does not assume any responsibility for obtaining or evaluating the results of a criminal background check, drug screen or other check, maintaining the records of results or for delivering them to clinical sites. It is the decision of the clinical affiliate (health care or medical facility) whether a student will be allowed to participate in clinical activities should there be positive criminal or sex offender results.

What does this program cost?

TCC's Career Studies Certificate in Phlebotomy consists of just 1 semester at the Regional Health Professions Center on the Virginia Beach Campus and internship sites.

2015-16 in-state tuition and mandatory fees:
12 credits x $172.35 per credit = $2,068.20 (not including textbooks and supplies)

Additional costs include lab coat and criminal background check ($46).

This program is currently NOT eligible for federal financial aid. Learn more about paying for TCC

Where can you go?

The skills you learn allow you to be employed immediately in area hospitals, public health settings and medical office laboratories.

You can also apply your skills to other TCC health professions programs, including the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technology.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:

  • are a high school graduate or have a GED
  • have attention to detail
  • enjoy interacting with patients
  • don't mind the sight of blood

* Salary estimate is provided for comparison purposes only and doesn’t constitute a promise of employment or earnings. Salaries were calculated based on related job codes and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.