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School of Health Professions :: Programs of Study

Phlebotomy :: FAQ

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>> 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?

The program must be completed in one semester (16 weeks for fall or spring and 10 weeks for summer). The program runs on the same semester schedule as the other college classes. The classes are a combination of in-class lecture/lab held two evenings every week and on-line coursework throughout the semester. Some of the Phlebotomy courses are completed in an 8-week session, including the internship in the second 8-weeks. The summer semester timeframe is different (between 5-10 week sections). 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 (Lexington, Rocky Mount, Blacksburg, Pulaski, or Christiansburg). The program cannot guarantee a specific clinical 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 two 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.) Note: The summer semester requires more flexibility since the same content is covered in a shorter timeframe. At least 3 days a week may be necessary to complete the clinical component and the two evening classes have a longer meeting time period.

>> How many students are accepted into the program each semester?

We plan to accept at least 14 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. You may call 1-855-874-6690 or go on-line immediately to begin the process for Financial Aid (FAFSA). It can take several weeks to complete the process and receive notification. On-campus staff may be able to assist you in Chapman Hall.

>> 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 or used book option. Students must purchase certain attire that meets program guidelines. This is only an estimate and subject to change.

Item Estimated Cost
Tuition In-State (16 Credits) $2,855.84
Books $180.00
Medical (Hep B series, TST) $150.00
Background Check/Drug Screen $89.00
Clinical Attire/School Patch $25.00

VWCC can award a career studies certificate at the successful conclusion of the program if the student submits a graduation application (must apply by the established semester deadline). Students are also encouraged to apply for certification through a recognized organization of their choice. Any expenses associated with a certification exam is the students responsibility. This process will be discussed prior to completion of the course.

Tuition: $
Credits: 16 Hours
Time: 1 semester


Location: Fralin Center HP 214A or HP 339
Phone: 540-857-6325, 857-6644 or 857-7307
Fax: 540-857-6640

Mailing address:
3091 Colonial Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24015

Program Head

Jeffrey S. Gillette

A.A.S. - Monroe Community College, 1985
B.S. - Daemen College, 1987
M.S. - University of Rochester, 1993
Ph.D. - N.C. State University, 2000

School of Health Professions

Martha Sullivan, Dean