The Phlebotomy program uses a competitive admission process to select students. Program faculty and the Admissions Office staff designed the process to ensure maximum opportunity for student success in the program and on the certification examination. The program invites eight (8) students twice a year, approximately one month prior to the beginning of the fall and spring semesters; the Program is not offered during summer semester.
Applicants must satisfy all prerequisite coursework and submit all required admissions documentation to the Admissions Office by June 1 for the fall semester program and September 1 for the spring semester program to receive consideration in the Phlebotomy Program. Applicants who are on academic probation, who are academically dismissed from the college, and do not possess a GPA of at least a 2.00 as of the application deadline will not be considered for admission. Applicants must submit the following items to the Admissions Office by the application deadline of the year they seek admission to the program:
- Completed and signed application for admission and a $25 nonrefundable application fee.
- Official high school or GED transcripts and/or official college transcripts from all colleges attended in the past (see General Admission Requirements).
- Valid ACCUPLACER, COMPASS, ASSET, SAT, or ACT test scores (see ACCUPLACER Placement Examination).
- Proof of legal presence in the United States.
- Official birth certificates, passports, driver's licenses, or state-issued photo identification cards to document that they are at least 18 years of age
- Completed academic honesty form. Blank forms are available on the college website.
- Completed and signed Intent form. Blank forms are available on the college website.
To be eligible for the competitive selection process, documentation showing the completion of ALHS 1011 and ALHS 1040 with a final course grade of C or higher. Applicants will be ranked based on their GPA in the aforementioned courses. In addition, applicants must successfully complete FSSE 1000 with a minimum final course grade of C or have exemption credit for FSSE 1000 by the completion of PHLT 1050.
Applicants transferring from other colleges must confirm the transferability of credit for these courses with the college's director of registration and records by the application deadline for the term they are seeking admission to the program.
Due to the limited number of clinical sites available, applicants will be invited to complete the Phlebotomy Technician program based on cumulative GPA of prerequisite courses, ALHS 1011 and ALHS 1040. Applicants not selected for the program may reapply during subsequent admission intake periods. There is no waiting list between intake periods; applicants must complete the application process for each attempt at program entry.
Students accepted into the Phlebotomy Technician program must also attend mandatory Phlebotomy Technician program orientation approximately 3 weeks prior to the first day of courses. Failure to attend this orientation will result in the forfeiture of admission to the Program. Information outlining the date of the mandatory orientation will be provided either in the Invitation/Welcome Letter or in a separate email to the applicant's ATC student email account.
For those students who are admitted to the program and prior to the beginning of PHLT 1050-Clinical Practice, applicants must have the following current official documents on file with program faculty:
A signed document acknowledging that they may be required to complete drug testing and/or background checks at their own expense prior to participating in internships, practicums, or clinical activities at certain host sites for these activities (see Drug Testing/Background Checks). Blank documents are available on the college website.
Prior to beginning the clinical phase of the program (PHLT 1050), applicants must complete the following steps:
- Meet the technical standards of the program (as provided by the Admissions Office).
- Accept the policies of the program.
- Provide the clinical coordinator with required and completed health and immunization records.
- Submit verification of malpractice insurance (see Malpractice Insurance).
- Submit a signed document acknowledging that the commission of a felony before or during their enrollment in this program may prevent graduates from taking the credentialing exam to become certified phlebotomists.
- Show proof of current certification in CPR at the healthcare provider level.
- Undergo a criminal background check.
- Undergo and pass a drug screen.
Students will be required to complete drug testing and background checks at their own expense prior to participating in internships, practicums, or clinical activities (see Drug Testing/Background Checks). Directions for contacting approved providers will be given to the student after acceptance to the program.