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Continuing Education

Phlebotomy Program Fact Sheet

Welcome to the Phlebotomy Program at Blue Ridge Community College. The successful completion of this two-part program will result in a Certificate of Completion. You will then be eligible to sit for the Phlebotomy Technician (PBT) exam given by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).  

Admission Requirements

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • 18 years old
  • Access to computer and internet
  • Submission of required documentation

Required Documentation

(Each student is responsible for - and paying any costs associated with - obtaining documentation):

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR): The student must present a current professional rescuer card offered by American Heart Association or the American Red Cross (both good for 2 years)*
  • Drug and Urine Screening*
  • Criminal Background Checks*
  • Current Physical Exam with TB test and current immunizations, including flu shot (and other tests as required by the externship site)*
  • Professional Liability insurance*
  • Current Resume*
  • Proof of computer proficiency*
  • Signed Assumption of Risk Form**
  • Signed Statement of Understanding Form**

*Required by the clinical facilities; must be completed prior to placement in externship site.
**Required by BRCC and must be read and signed by the end of the first day of class

Required Textbook

The Complete Textbook of Phlebotomy, 4th Edition by Lynn B. Hoeltke
ISBN-13: 9780840022998.  Available at the BRCC Bookstore.

Attendance Policy

Student success depends greatly on attendance.  Any classroom absence(s) exceeding 4 hours may result in dismissal from the program.  Students will be required to make up any work missed and complete additional work at the instructor’s discretion.

To receive a certificate of completion and be eligible to sit for the CPT exam administered by the ASCP students must pass all areas of the course (classroom, clinical practice, and externship).

Externship Policy

Externships are an important and required component of your training.   You will work under the guidance of a preceptor who is responsible for your training and evaluation at the externship site.

To be eligible for externship placement, you must:

  • Complete and submit to BRCC all documentation requirements
  • Comply with all BRCC policies and procedures
  • Provide your availability for externship scheduling to instructor/externship coordinator

Externship Placements

  • Every effort will be made for eligible students available full time for an externship to be placed within 90 days of the class end date AND receipt of required externship documentation. 
  • Every effort will be made for eligible students who are available part time (3-4 days business days per week) to be placed within 180 days of the class end date AND receipt of required externship documentation.
  • Students with off-hour externship requests or students who have not turned in the required documentation may be delayed or dismissed from externship placement.  We DO NOT guarantee placement for students who are not available at least 3 business days (8am-5pm Monday-Friday) a week. Students who refuse a placement within 60 miles of the BRCC Weyers Cave campus WILL BE dismissed from the program.
  • Date of externship placement is based on the needs and availability of the externship host site.
  • All externships must be completed within 12 months of the program start date. 

Failure to submit ALL required documentation by the end of the sixth week of the program may result in dismissal from the externship component of the program.  If you choose to continue with – and successfully complete - the classroom instruction, you will be issued a certificate of completion for the CLASSROOM portion only.

Health Insurance

Students are required to have health insurance. Students unable to carry health insurance are to sign a health insurance declination when completing their physical examination form. If you are injured or exposed to pathogens during your clinical experience, you are responsible for any costs incurred from medical treatment resulting from that injury or exposure.

Professional Liability Insurance*

Students are required to have malpractice insurance. Students may purchase malpractice insurance from independent providers. Students must provide the inclusive dates of coverage for the policy prior to the externship.  Student Coverage Description here.

Criminal Background Checks*

The student is required to undergo criminal background checks. Since a clinical agency may deny any student who has a criminal history access to its clinical units, applicants who present with a criminal history will be administratively withdrawn from the program.

Drug and Alcohol Screens*

The student is required to undergo drug screens. Since a clinical agency may deny any student who has a positive drug screen access to its clinical units, applicants who present with a positive drug screen will be administratively withdrawn from the program.

*Information on where to obtain insurance, background checks and drug screens available upon request.

Student Essential Performance Standards

Students are expected to complete course requirements that prepare them to perform essential job functions as a Phlebotomy Technician.   Necessary functions and/or skills are:

  • Speech: Establish rapport and communicate with clients, family members and the health care team
  • Hearing: Auditory acuity to perceive and interpret various equipment signals and to use the telephone.
  • Vision: Visual acuity to read any handwritten or printed data.  
  • Mobility: Walk or stand for prolonged periods over six to eight hours. Must be able to bend, squat or kneel, and assist in lifting or moving clients of all age groups and weights. Perform CPR
  • Manual Dexterity: Determine eye/hand coordination and manipulation of equipment such as syringes and sharps.
  • Fine Motor: Use hands for grasping, pushing, pulling, and fine manipulation and possess tactile ability sufficient for palpating veins/arteries.
  • Mentation: Ability to assimilate and apply knowledge acquired through lecture discussions and readings.
  • Writing: Communicate and organize thoughts to prepare written documents that are correct in style, grammar and mechanics.

Any student who thinks he/she does not possess one or more of these functions should contact the special needs coordinator. Provisions for accommodations will be made in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Refund Policy

You will be eligible for a full refund of tuition for Continuing Education course enrollment, provided you drop on or before one week prior to the course start date. Refunds will not be authorized after the refund date. Refunds are mailed from the Virginia Department of Treasury within several weeks of your request.