Phlebotomy Certification

Phlebotomy Certificate

Offered at: Larimer


8 credits
(1 semester)                          

The Phlebotomy Certificate is designed to provide students with entry-level skills required for employment as a Phlebotomist. HPR 112 classes and labs include instruction in hands-on Phlebotomy skills, including venipunctures, sample collection, handling and lab processing, point-of-care tests and quality control. Phlebotomy students will also learn critical skills related to professionalism, communication skills, safety and confidentiality. HPR 113 includes a two-three day instructor-led clinical experience, followed by a two-week rotation/clinical internship at a local laboratory, where students will apply knowledge learned in HPR 112, as they perform Phlebotomy skills in a real client care setting. In the clinical students are required to perform a minimum of 100-120 successful venipunctures, and complete at least 100 training hours under the supervision of an FRCC instructor. Classes, labs and clinicals are usually completed in one semester.

The Phlebotomy training prepares students for the national ASCP examination (American Society for Clinical Pathology). This certification is not required to work in Colorado as a Phlebotomist, but is highly recommended, as it is the premier certification to attain in Phlebotomy, and it enables students to be more marketable nationwide. After successfully completing the Phlebotomy training program certificate, a student is qualified to take the ASCP exam, which is an out-of-pocket expense, and is not included in the student’s tuition.

See required courses.

Phlebotomist Salaries

  Entry Average Experienced
Phlebotomist $26,823 $34,394 $38,179

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (2013)

Phlebotomy Classes in Loveland

Phlebotomy training is offered through the FRCC Larimer Campus, however, classes are held at the Community Learning Center in the Thompson School District Building, 800 S. Taft Ave., Loveland, and at clinical sites in northern Colorado. See map and directions.

Class Requirements

1.     A Phlebotomy textbook and student Phlebotomy Kit - available only at
       the Larimer Campus book store in Fort Collins

2.     Immunizations (copies of immunizations required prior to the clinical)

  • Negative TB Test (less than 1 year old, and does not expire before completion of clinicals)
  • Seasonal Flu Shot (must be this year's vaccine, in fall and spring semesters)
  • Two MMR Injections or titer (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox- proof of vaccination or titer required at some clinical sites)
  • Hepatitis B Series (or waiver)
  • Meningococcal Injection (or waiver)

Note: titer = bloodwork to prove immunity

3.     Specific Criminal Background Check through Certified Background

  • Passing background check is required prior to the clinicals. See the Phlebotomy Handbook link for background check instructions.
  • Students are encouraged to submit the BG Check prior to class registration, as submission of the background check is no guarantee of passing.

4.     Scrubs, required for the clinical

5.     A watch that can count 60 seconds (cell phones may not be used as
        a watch)

6.     Paperwork Packet (available in D2L once class begins