Please note, classes and lab sessions are held in person at MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta, ME
The Phlebotomy certificate includes coursework designed to provide the necessary skills and knowledge to be eligible to take the ASCP PBT, American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification Phlebotomy Technician Exam. This certificate also provides additional foundational general education coursework applicable and transferable to other degree programs.
A Phlebotomy Technician is an integral member of the allied health care team whose primary function is the collection of blood samples. They need to assure quality and adhere to patient safety practices in order to facilitate strict professional behavior and standards of practice for phlebotomists.
Many healthcare professionals often start working as a phlebotomist and are exposed to different healthcare areas, allowing them to find the right fit. Phlebotomy entails a fairly short training period and are in high demand. There are often multiple opportunities available for graduates, including different types of healthcare settings, shifts and patient volumes.
The Phlebotomy Program has specific admission requirements. Please refer to the following link for additional information:
Criminal Background Check
Applicants to certain programs should be aware that a criminal background check will be required while they are enrolled in the program or as a condition of employment in the field. Certain internship and/or practicum sites, such as health care facilities, may limit or deny clinical privileges to those who have a prior or current criminal record; and certain licensing boards may refuse to issue a license to practice based upon prior or current criminal offense(s). To learn more about whether the program or profession in which you are interested has such requirements or limitations, please see the Department Chair or Program Director.
Exposure to Infectious Disease and Latex
Applicants who consider a career in phlebotomy or any other of the allied health professions should be aware that during the course of their education and subsequent employment, they will be working in situations where exposure to infectious diseases is probable. This is an occupational risk for all health care workers. Persons should not become health care workers unless they recognize and accept this risk. Proper education and strict adherence to well-established infection control guidelines, however, can reduce the risk to a minimum. Thorough education in infection control procedures is an integral part of each health care program.
Additionally, applicants should be aware that exposure to natural rubber latex (NRL) is possible. Individuals exposed to NRL products may develop allergic reactions such as skin rashes; hives; nasal, eyes, or sinus symptoms; and, rarely, shock.
Program of Study Requirements
Below are the course and graduation requirements necessary to earn a certificate in Phelbotomy. Please click here for a printable version.
Mission & Outcomes
To prepare students for successful completion of the ASCP PBT, American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification Phlebotomist Technician Exam and provide a general education transfer foundation for transfer into other degree program
Upon successful completion of the Phlebotomy program, the graduate is expected to:
- Be prepared and eligible to take the ASCP PBT, American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification Phlebotomist Technician Exam.
- Have completed foundational general education coursework applicable and transferable to other degree programs.
- Exhibit skill and competency to obtain quality blood samples for diagnostic testing on neonates, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients by capillary or venous collection.
- Hospitals/ Clinical Laboratories
- Physicians’ Office
- Specialized Medical Offices
- Federally Funded Health Care Programs
- Nursing Homes
- Insurance Companies
- Blood Donor Centers
For more information, please contact:
Brittany Newby, Chair