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


One Semester, In-Demand Career

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Blood analysis is an essential function in many medical settings. Employment of phlebotomists is expected to grow as doctors and other health care professionals require bloodwork for analysis and diagnosis.

Local Demand Is High

Many opportunities for trained phlebotomists are available in local health care facilities, such as hospitals, emergency clinics, private practices, blood banks, and nursing homes.

Hands-on Experience in a Clinical Setting

Under professional supervision, you will learn to safely perform blood and specimen collection procedures on patients in various health care settings.

Certification in One Semester

Almost all employers look for phlebotomists who have earned professional certification. In just one semester, or 16 weeks, you will be prepared to sit for the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians (ASPT) exam.

The Phlebotomy certificate is now offered through our Continuing Education division of Economic and Workforce Development, giving you an affordable pathway into the health care field.

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Contact Information

For all questions regarding the Phlebotomy course at Gaston College, you may contact:

Melody Gibson, Lead Instructor

For questions about registering for the Phlebotomy program at Gaston College, contact us at or 704.922.2244.