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Phlebotomy—FAQs

When will the next class start?

Spring Semester
PHB-110, Principles and Practice of Phlebotomy, will begin January, 2015. The following classes are tentatively scheduled for spring 2015: PHB-110-001 is scheduled to meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 1-5 p.m.; PHB-110-002 is scheduled to meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; PHB-110-201 on Monday and Wednesday from 5:30-9:30 p.m. and PHB-110-202 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Registration for spring 2015 semester will begin in November 2014.
Current scheduling and registration.

Summer Session
PHB-110, Principles and Practice of Phlebotomy, will begin the week of May 18, 2015. The following classes are tentatively scheduled for summer 2015: PHB-110-001 is scheduled to meet Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 8 a.m.-Noon, PHB-110-002 is scheduled to meet Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 12:45-4:45 p.m. PHB-110-201 is scheduled to meet Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Registration for summer 2015 semester will begin in April 2015.
Current scheduling and registration.

Fall Semester
PHB-110, Principles and Practice of Phlebotomy, will begin the week of August 17, 2015. The following sections are offered: PHB-110-001 is tentatively scheduled to meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 12-4 p.m. PHB-110-002 is tentatively scheduled to meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; PHB-110-201 is tentatively scheduled Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-9:30 pm.and PHB-110-202 Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Registration for fall 2015 semester also will begin in April 2015.
Current scheduling and registration.

How Do I Apply to the Program?
Beginning the Spring 2015 semester in order to register for PHB-110 students must take the COMPASS test for reading and attain an appropriate score on the placement test. If students do not attain an appropriate reading score, students must take RDG-091 and attain a grade of “C” or better in order to enroll in PHB110.

Upon successful completion of COMPASS testing for reading, students may secure a seat in one of the sections of PHB-110 by registering over the phone, online registration or by registering in person. The phone number for registration is (708) 974-2110 (TTY 711).

How Do I Enroll in the Program?
Select the section of PHB-110 in which you would like to enroll. Register for the section of PHB-110 you have selected either in person, on the phone (708) 974-2110 (TTY 711) or online.

Does PHB-110 fill quickly?
Characteristically, PHB-110 fills quickly, so it is in your best interest to register as soon as possible to assure a seat in the class. See additional information on registration procedures or call (708) 974-2110 (TTY 711).

If you attempt to register and find that the seats in the class are all full, don't give up! Often people register for PHB-110, are unable to attend, and drop the class. Unfortunately, there is currently no mechanism by which a waiting list can be created. Therefore, continue to check the enrollments by frequently consulting the link on the college's web site. Retrieve the information for PHB-110 and register immediately when you see an available seat.

When will I do my clinical training?
Upon successful completion of PHB-110, students may enroll in PHB-111, Phlebotomy Clinical Practice Seminar and PHB-112, Phlebotomy Clinical Practice. Students receive clinical experience during PHB-112. The clinical rotations include 120 clock hours of training at one of the program's clinical affiliate sites. Clinical opportunities are staggered throughout the semester. For example, a student who successfully completes PHB-110 during spring 2015 is eligible for clinical training during summer 2015. Some students will begin their summer clinical training at the end of May 2015, some in June 2015, and others at the end of July 2015. A list of the Moraine Valley Community College clinical affiliates is posted to this link:
http://www.morainevalley.edu/HealthSciences/Phlebotomy/more_Phlebotomy.htm

How are clinicals assigned?
Clinical assignments are decided by lottery. Whoever pulls #1 selects their clinical assignment first, including dates and location. Most students end up with their first or second choice of clinical assignment.

How much does the program cost?
The costs listed below are subject to change. Therefore, students should click on this link for up-to-the minute calculation of tuition and fee charges. Costs for the Phlebotomy Program are estimated below:

Costs for PHB-110 Principles and Practice of Phlebotomy — 6 Credit Hours:

  • (In-district) Tuition, college activity, construction/infrastructure, and tech fee-$131/credit hour
  • (Out of district) Tuition, college activity fee, construction/infrastructure, and tech fee-$370/credit hour
  • Lab fees-$69.40
  • Student ID fee (Added to the cost of the first credit hour)-$3

Total registration cost for PHB-110:
Students registering for PHB-110 can expect a bill from Moraine Valley Community College at least for the amounts listed below:

  1. In-District Students: $858.40
  2. Out-of-District Students: $2292.40

Additional Costs for PHB-110:
In addition to registration costs, students are responsible for the following costs:

  • Books: The total costs of the required textbooks is approximately $130; The books purchased for PHB-110 also will be used in PHB-111 and PHB-112. Please visit the Bookstore's web site for the most accurate information regarding costs. Gloves are approximately $10/box.

Pre-clinical Requirement Costs:
Students must meet a set of pre-clinical requirements prior to clinical assignment. Usually, students begin meeting the requirements during the second half of PHB-110, i.e. October in fall semester PHB-110; March in spring semester PHB-110; July in summer session PHB-110. For maximum options regarding clinical site selection, students are encouraged to have the following requirements completed by the end of the semester they are enrolled in PHB-110; i.e., December/fall semester; May/spring semester; August/summer session.

The requirements and estimated costs include:

  • CPR Training: Students are required to be CPR for Health Care Provider certified to begin PHB-112. Students who are not already CPR certified must obtain CPR certification as a separate activity during PHB-110. Moraine Valley offers CPR for Healthcare Provider training through the Workforce Development. The course number is AH8-039. For more information on CPR for Healthcare Providers, please contact Suzanne Ryerson in Corporate, Community and Continuing Education, at (708) 974-5433 or ryerson@morainevalley.edu. Students are financially responsible for the CPR training required. Students are financially responsible for the CPR training required.
  • Physical Examination: While enrolled in PHB-110, students are required to obtain a physical examination in preparation for PHB-112. The student is responsible for the cost of the physical examination, and all of the immunizations, blood tests, and tuberculosis tests specified on the physical examination form.
  • Health insurance: Moraine Valley Community College requires students to have personal health insurance for the duration of their clinical rotation.
  • Drug Screen: Students will be required to submit to and successfully complete a 10-panel drug screen prior to clinical assignment. Unsuccessful completion of the drug screen requirement may prohibit a student from receiving a clinical assignment, pending physician review of the results.
  • Criminal Background Checks: In order to comply with certain state statutes and/or clinical affiliation agreements, students are asked to successfully complete a criminal background check. Students who have an arrest or conviction on their record should consult an attorney regarding expungement procedures. A “clear’ criminal background result is required in most cases.

    Application forms for criminal background checks may be obtained through the Career Programs Subdivision Office, B150, and fees paid to the Cashier's Office. The cost is $27, subject to change without notice. For information on criminal background application procedures, please contact the Career Programs Subdivision Office at (708) 974-5708. Deadline dates for completion of criminal background checks will be announced by Program Coordinators.

Costs for PHB-111-Phlebotomy Clinical Practice Seminar — 1 Credit Hour

  • (In-district) Tuition, college activity fee, and tech fee-$131/credit hour
  • (Out-of-district) Tuition, college activity fee, construction/infrastructure, and tech fee-$370 credit hour
  • Student ID fee (Added to the cost of the first credit hour)-$3

Total registration cost for PHB-111: Students registering for PHB-111 can expect a bill from Moraine Valley Community College at least for the amounts listed below:

  • In-District Students: $134 ($131/credit hour + $3 student ID fee).
  • Out-of-district Students: : $373 ($370/credit hour + $3 student ID fee).
  • Books: The required course packet, on-line review materials and textbook for this course cost approximately $100. The books used for PHB-110 can be used by the student in PHB-111. Please visit the  Bookstore's web site for the most accurate information regarding costs.

Costs for PHB-112, Phlebotomy Clinical Practice — 2 Credit Hours

  • (In-district) Tuition, college activity, construction/infrastructure, and tech fee-$131/credit hour
  • (Out-of-district) Tuition, college activity, construction/infrastructure, and tech fee-$370/credit hour
  • Malpractice fees-$27

Total registration cost for PHB-112:

Students registering for PHB-112 can expect a bill from Moraine Valley Community College at least for the amounts listed below:

  • In-District Students: $292
  • Out-of-District Students: $770

Additional Costs of PHB-112
In addition to the registration costs, students are responsible for the following costs:

  • Books: The required course packet for this course costs approximately $3 The books used for PHB-110 can be used by the student in PHB-112. Please visit the Bookstore's web site for the most accurate information regarding costs.
  • Graduation Petition Costs: Students must petition the college to receive their certificate of completion.
  • Lab Coats/Uniforms: The college currently requires that students provide their own scrubs for clinical rotations. If any additional uniform is required by a particular facility, the student is responsible for providing it. Students are informed about additional dress code requirements prior to site selection.
  • Transportation: Students are required to provide their own transportation to and from clinical assignments.

How do I obtain certification after I have graduated?
Select the certification agency you would like to be certified by. There are a number of agencies that offer certification to phlebotomists. Please see the list and a description of agencies that offer certification to phlebotomists.

Graduates of the Moraine Valley Community College Phlebotomy Program are eligible to challenge any of the certification exams listed on the link above.

How do I obtain an evaluation of my foreign transcript?
Foreign transcripts must be evaluated to determine if your education is the equivalent of an American high school diploma. Please allow us to refer you to the following resources:

First, please call the Moraine Valley Community College International Student Affairs Department at (708) 974-5334 and request an appointment to have your foreign transcripts evaluated. Sometimes this department can assist with this and sometimes they cannot, depending on volume. International Student Affairs Department.

If the International Student Affairs Department cannot assist you, then please contact one of the agencies included on the ASCP Board of Registry approved list of evaluation agencies.

Agencies used previously and satisfactorily by Moraine Valley Phlebotomy students included on the list are referenced below:

Education Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
(414) 289-3400
(414) 289-3411 FAX
E-mail: eval@ece.org
Web site: www.ece.org

World Education Services, Inc.
Midwest Office
P.O. Box 11623
Chicago, IL 60611-0623
(312) 222-0882
(312) 222-1217 FAX
E-mail: Midwest@wes.org

The evaluation process may be lengthy, so please begin as soon as possible. Students are allowed to select a clinical site with a pending foreign transcript evaluation, but will not be allowed to graduate until the process is completed.

Can I Transfer In?
Transfer into the Phlebotomy program is not available. Current program policy, at the request of the clinical sites, requires students complete PHB-110 at Moraine Valley Community College before assignment to one of the clinical sites affiliated with the Moraine Valley Community College Phlebotomy Program. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact  Colette Schrank, Internship Coordinator, at (708) 974-5389 or schrank@morainevalley.edu or Rita Kealey Program Coordinator, (708) 974-5583 or kealyr@morainevalley.edu.