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Phlebotomy Certification

Offered at: Larimer, Westminster


8 credits
(1 semester)

This certificate is designed to provide students with entry-level skills required for employment as a phlebotomist. Classes, labs and a clinical are usually completed in one semester. With evening and Saturday classes you can earn phlebotomy certification while working.

This training prepares students for the national ASCP examination (American Society for Clinical Pathology). Exam cost is additional and not included in tuition. The ASCP 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.

See required courses and course descriptions.

Phlebotomy Classes at FRCC-Loveland

Phlebotomy training is offered through the FRCC Larimer Campus at FRCC-Loveland,  and at clinical sites in northern Colorado. See map and directions.

Phlebotomy Classes in Westminster

Phlebotomy training is offered at the FRCC Westmister Campus.

Program Requirements

  1. A Phlebotomy textbook and student Phlebotomy Kit.
  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 (Measles, Mumps, Rubella, childhood or adult doses or titer)
    • Varicella (Chicken Pox vaccination, titer or MD documented proof of disease)
    • Hepatitis B Series (titer or waiver)
    • Meningococcal Injection and TDap required at some clinical sites (TDap within last 10 years)
    • Titer (bloodwork to prove immunity)
  3. Specific Criminal Background Check and 10-Panel Drug Screen through Certified Background:
    • A Background Check and 10-Panel Drug Screen is required for the clinical rotation (HPR 113) and must be passed prior to clinical start.
    • Once the student submits background check information and creates an account at Certified Background, they are notified of the location of the nearest lab for the drug screen.
    • Students may be required to provide a copy of the Background Check or Drug Screen to the clinical site.
    • Submission of the Background Check & Drug Screen is no guarantee of passing. There are no appeals for a failed Background Check or Drug Screen.
    • Contact the Phlebotomy Department at your campus for more information.
  4. Specific Criminal Background Check through Certified Background
  5. Scrubs, required for the clinical
  6. A watch that can count 60 seconds (cell phones may not be used as a watch)
  7. Paperwork Packet (available in D2L once class begins)
  8. View/print the Phlebotomy Student Handbook for Larimer Campus.
  9. View/print the Phlebotomy Student Handbook for the Westminster Campus.

Phlebotomist Salaries

Entry Average Experienced
Phlebotomist $27,988

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (2014)

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