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General Overview:

The Phlebotomy Certificate Program is offered at the Downtown Campus of the college, located near the heart of the Louisville Medical Center Campus. The Phlebotomy Program prepares the student with the opportunity to acquire necessary skills for gainful employment as a phlebotomist, working under the supervision of a clinical laboratory supervisor. The phlebotomist is responsible for the proper collection, handling and processing of blood specimens and various patient body fluids in accordance with OSHA safety regulations and standards. The curriculum may include course work and clinical externship experiences. Interested students should contact the Academic Program Coordinator or the Clinical Coordinator for additional information.

Contact Information

Because faculty spend the majority of their time teaching, the preferred method of contact is via email.

Phlebotomy Certificate Program/Allied Health Division
Jefferson Community and Technical College
109 E. Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202

Admission Policies and Procedures:

  1. College Admission
    • The student must first apply to the college. This can be done on-line or in-person on the first floor of the Jefferson Educational Center at the corner of 2nd St. and Broadway across from McDonalds. An Admissions Application may be found on the college website.
    • Admission to the College does not imply admission to the Phlebotomy Certificate Program.
  2. Program Admission
    • In order to be eligible to enroll in the Phlebotomy course, each applicant must have successfully completed the following:
      1. Application for admission to the college turned into the Admissions office or on-line application for admission to the college must be completed.
      2. High school transcripts indicating the applicant has or will have completed a high school course of study or a passing GED report must have been turned into the Admissions office. A copy will be turned in to the Allied Health office.

Once your KCTCS Application for Admission has been successfully processed, you will be eligible to register for classes during regular registration times. The program admits students in the fall and spring semester of each year. Registration for the fall semester begins during the spring semester, registration for the fall semester begins during the spring semester; please check the Jefferson Community and Technical College website for specific dates. The courses you will need to register for are PHB 170 and PHB 155.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to notify both the college and the Allied Health Division of any change of address or phone number. In the event of low enrollment, the college reserves the right to cancel the class. The student will be notified of the cancellation via their student email address and a refund will be granted.

Technical Standards:

  • Adequate visual acuity
  • Sufficient strength, gross motor, and fine motor coordination
  • Sufficient verbal and written communication skills
  • Sufficient intellectual, emotional, and physical functions to plan and implement laboratory duties responsibly

Post Admission Requirements and Deadlines:

Upon admittance the student must submit the following materials prior to beginning clinical experiences.

  • Evidence of receiving the Hepatitis B vaccine series or a vaccine declination form
  • TB skin test or chest X-Ray annually
  • Immunization records - MMR, Hep B, Varicella (Chickenpox)
  • CPR is mandatory and will be offered as part of the course.
  • Must attend a pre-admission conference?
  • COMPASS testing if required

Criminal Background Checks and Drug Testing:

All Allied Health majors with a clinical component within their major must submit to a criminal background check and drug screening. This is to ensure a safe clinical environment for both students and the public and to meet the contractual requirements of area healthcare facilities. Situations in which a student does not have a satisfactory background check or drug test, will be reviewed by the Dean of Allied Health on a case-by-case basis. Convictions involving the following crimes may serve to disqualify a person from participating in required clinical learning experiences:

  1. any felony, whether listed below or not
  2. crimes involving drugs, including but not limited to unlawful possession or distribution
  3. crimes of physical violence to include any type of abuse (child, spousal, or of the elderly), abduction such as kidnapping, manslaughter, murder, robbery, sexual crimes, possession of a restricted fire arm or any related weapons offenses, assault and battery or
  4. Conviction of a misdemeanor related to abuse, neglect or exploitation.

Drug screening may be required of a student at any time throughout the course of study if there is reasonable suspicion on the part of the program faculty that the student may be using a controlled substance not prescribed by a health care provider. Positive findings on a drug screen or refusal to submit to a requested drug screen will result in immediate administrative withdrawal of the student from the program. Each student will be given the designated facility and time once they are accepted into the program. The cost of background checks and drug testing is the responsibility of each student.


Jefferson Community and Technical College is a public, comprehensive, postsecondary institution accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate degree.

Credentialing Exam(s)/Licensure:

Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate is eligible to sit for the national certification examination as a phlebotomist.

Financial Information/Expenses :

Specific questions concerning financial assistance should be directed to the Downtown Campus Financial Aid Office located on the 4th floor of the Jefferson Education Center or by calling 502.213.2146.

  1. Tuition – This information may be found in the college catalog or on-line at the college’s website.
  2. Books - Variable (Required) Check with Bookstore for current prices.
  3. Uniforms – Students are required to purchase appropriate clinical uniform attire. Your instructor will discuss the details during the first week of class.
  4. Liability insurance - $20.00
  5. Criminal Background Check and Drug Testing - $70.00
  6. Transportation to clinical sites – Students will incur costs related to clinical education, including transportation, housing and meals. It is the responsibility of the student to have transportation to/from clinical sites.
  7. Graduation Expenses – Variable (Required) Check with Bookstore for current prices.
  8. Certification Application/Exam Fee - $125.00

Additional Information

Students who have registered for the Phlebotomy course(s) are obligated to comply with all rules and regulations set out in the Student Code of Conduct as outlined by KCTCS.

Upon successful completion of the Phlebotomy Program you are eligible to apply for a Certificate of Completion. You may pick up the Application for Graduation/Certificate Program form from Student Services offices located at the Jefferson Education Center, 109 E. Broadway, Louisville, KY. Your instructor will help you complete and sign the form.

Sample Curriculum & Course Sequence

The following is a sample Academic Program Plan outlining required coursework for the Phlebotomy Program. Please refer to the KCTCS College Catalog for course descriptions, which include individual course prerequisites/co-requisites.


  • PHB 170 Applied Phlebotomy (60 contact hours) 3 credit hours
  • PHB 155 Phlebotomy Clinical Externship (120 contact hours) 3 credit hours
    • Meets as assigned by clinical instructor

This is a sample curriculum and is subject to change.

Students who do not successfully complete PHB 170 will be withdrawn from PHB 155, if this occurs you will receive a 100% refund for PHB 155. If you do not complete PHB 155 in the same semester that PHB 170 is completed you will have one semester to successfully complete PHB 155. If you do not complete PHB 155 during this time frame you will be required to either show proficiency by successfully completing an exam and skills assessment (there is a fee for the assessment) or by repeating PHB 170 at the expense of the student.

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, marital status, sex or handicap in employment, educational programs or activities as set forth in Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.