Laboratory scientists, technologists and technicians require blood specimens that have been obtained promptly, efficiently and safely by qualified phlebotomists. The phlebotomist is an integral member of the health care team. This individual must be well trained in all aspects of specimen collection and transport. The phlebotomist must also be able to maintain high standards of professionalism while interacting with patients and their families. To insure quality training in phlebotomy, this nine credit hour program will present the basics of phlebotomy in three courses.


Phlebotomy (Certificate)

All students must be able to perform the essential functions of the curriculum. In addition to the general admission criteria required by the college, phlebotomy students must be able to:

  • Use digital fine motor skills with both hands continually throughout the day.
  • See clearly enough to read hand-written and computer-generated communications.
  • Work standing on their feet for the majority of the day.
  • Walk to and from patient service areas of the hospital for the majority of the day.
  • Help patients in and out of phlebotomy chairs and tables.
  • Write and speak to patients and staff effectively.
  • Interact appropriately with patients, physicians, peers and supervisor.
  • Use good judgment to seek assistance when needed.
  • Lift a minimum of 25 pounds unassisted.
  • Apply safety and infection control standards learned in the program to maintain a safe and clean environment for patients and self.

Program Mission

The mission of the Moraine Valley Community College Phlebotomy Program is to educate and train students to meet standards of practice for entry level phlebotomy professionals. Faculty will use appropriate methodologies to promote student learning.

Student learning will emerge from the cognitive (intellectual), psychomotor (physical), clinical and affective (social, emotional and ethical) elements of phlebotomy as defined for the entry-level practitioner by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) and the Moraine Valley Community College Phlebotomy Program Advisory Committee. Student learning will occur within an intellectual atmosphere that promotes continuing education as part of professional dedication and lifelong learning and within an ethical framework for student conduct in both the classroom and clinical settings.

Curriculum Outline

First Semester:
PHB-110—Principles and Practice of Phlebotomy   6 credit hours

Beginning the Spring 2015 semester in order to register for PHB110 students must take the placement 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 placement 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).

In order to advance to PHB-111 and PHB-112, students must attain 77% in lecture, 77% in lab and an overall grade of “C”.

Second Semester:
PHB-111—Phlebotomy Clinical Practice Seminar  1 credit hour
PHB-112—Phlebotomy Clinical Practice  2 credit hours

Program Outcomes

Two program outcomes (goals) have been identified for the Moraine Valley Community College Phlebotomy Program. The outcomes have been developed based on the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) and the recommendations of the Moraine Valley Community College Phlebotomy Program Advisory Committee. The Moraine Valley Community College Phlebotomy Program will provide students with:

  1. Training in blood collection skills consistent with entry level in the profession A comprehensive didactic framework for the blood collection procedures presented, preparing students to successfully challenge the phlebotomy certification exam of their choice.
  2. Completion of the Moraine Valley Community College Phlebotomy Program is NOT dependent upon successful completion of a phlebotomy certification exam.

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 No. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
Phone: (773)714-8880

First Time Examinees of ASCP PBT Certification Exam   
Moraine Valley PHB ProgramNational
2012Mean Score549522
Percent Passing92.3185.62
2013Mean Score545522
Percent Passing94.7485.71
2014Mean Score524523
Percent Passing93.886.4
Program Completion and Pass/Success Rates#colspan#
Semester/YearCompletion RatePass/Success RateNumber of students in PHB111 and PHB112
Summer 201410010030
Fall 201497.888.645
Spring 201597.386.537

Program FAQs

Questions? Contact the program coordinator at (708) 974-5583 or – or – contact the internship coordinator at (708) 974-5389 or