Academics :: School of Health Professions

Phlebotomy

FAQs

What do Phlebotomists do? Where do Phlebotomists work?

Phlebotomists draw blood samples from patients to be analyzed by a medical laboratory. The laboratory depends upon on the phlebotomy technician to collect quality samples from the patient to produce quality laboratory results. Phlebotomists may work in any of the following facilities: hospital laboratories, private laboratories, blood banks, medical offices, and clinics.

How long does it take to complete the program? When do classes begin?

Complete one semester (16 weeks).  The program runs on the same semester schedule as the other college classes.  The classes are a combination of in-class lecture/lab in the evenings and on-line coursework throughout the 16 week semester.  Some of the Phlebotomy courses are completed in a 8-week session, including the internship in the second 8-weeks.  Students must complete all the coursework within the same semester. 

Are there any non-academic requirements?

  • Students must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Face-to-face interview with the program head.
  • Students will be required to have a criminal background check and drug screen performed before attending clinical rotations. The background check and drug screen must be negative in order to attend clinical rotations and proceed in the program. Students are responsible for the cost.
  • Immunizations, including Hepatitis B and a current TST (tuberculin skin test). The student is responsible for the cost and verification.

Where is the clinical on-site training completed?

The clinical component will be held at an assigned lab facility in Roanoke or the surrounding area (Bedford, Giles, Lexington, Rocky Mount, Tazewell, or Christiansburg).  The program does guarantee students a clinical site; it cannot guarantee a specific site location.  The student will need to work out any job or personal time conflicts (assignments must be a priority).  Students must be prepared to work full-time day hours three days a week (subject to change) during the second eight weeks to complete the requirements for the clinical component (MDL 190) and travel to any of the above locations is the student’s responsibility.  (On-site training time is unpaid.)  

How many students are accepted into the program each semester?

We plan to accept approximately 15 students into the Phlebotomy program.

Is Financial Assistance available for this program?

Financial Aid may be available for qualified students who hold a High School diploma or GED. Students are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office at Virginia Western Community College at 540-857-7331 or go on-line immediately to begin the process for Financial Aid. It can take several weeks to complete the process and receive notification.

What expenses should I plan on incurring if I am accepted into the program?

You should plan for a few additional expenses beyond tuition.  Some of these costs are NOT covered by financial aid.  The cost of immunizations will vary based on each student’s immunization history and choice of provider.  Some books may have a rental option.  Students must purchase certain attire that meets program guidelines.  This is only an estimate and subject to change.

Item Estimated Cost
Tuition $2,281.44
Books $150.00
Medical (Hep B series, TST) $150.00
Background Check/Drug Screen $85.00
Clinical Attire/school patch $25.00

VWCC awards a career studies certificate at the successful conclusion of the program.  Students are encouraged to apply for certification through a recognized organization of their choice.  This process will be discussed prior to completion of the course.  Any expenses associated with a certification exam is the students responsibility.

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