The Education Center at Blue Island offers daytime, evening and Saturday classes that fit your busy lifestyle.


Phlebotomy at Blue Island

Become a Phlebotomist and start a career that is in-demand in as little as two semesters. By getting your Phlebotomy Technician certificate, you can quickly get your foot in the door or expand your skills in the medical field. The program is also beneficial for Nursing students, Certified Nursing Assistants, and Medical Assistants.

Medical and Laboratory terminology, an anatomy of the circulatory systems, interpersonal communication, laboratory safety, legal guidelines and professional skills will be covered and you can quickly complete the 10 credit hour program by taking three courses in two semesters.

Phlebotomists typically work in hospital clinical laboratories, out-patient labs, physician's offices, donor centers, pharmaceutical firms, research institutions, hospices, public health clinics and many other venues, both civilian and military. As integral members of the health care team, phlebotomists must be well trained in all aspects of specimen collection and transport. They also must maintain high standards of professionalism and compassion while interacting with patients and their families. 

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.

All students must have completed MRT-110 (Medical Terminology) with a grade of "C" or higher. 


Basic Nurse Assistant Training at Blue Island

Join a rewarding career in health care as a Basic Nursing Assistant. As members of the nursing and health care teams, nursing assistants help the nursing staff in providing care for the incapacitated patient's basic needs and maintaining the patient's overall environment. Basic Nurse Assistant Training (BNAT) offers students exceptional instruction in patient care skill implementation and provides a fundamental introduction to the nursing profession.

Nursing assistants perform routine tasks in caring for patients. Under the direction of registered nurses, their duties include: aiding patients getting in and out of bed and walking, performing range-of-motion exercises with bed-ridden patients, bed bathing, shaving, providing oral hygiene, taking temperatures and other vital signs, feeding, changing bed linens, and maintaining the patient's general surroundings.

In order to complete the BNAT Program, students must successfully complete and demonstrate:

  • 21 manual performance skills mandated by the Illinois Department of Public Health
  • 64 hours of classroom lecture including Alzheimer’s instruction
  • 36 hours of lab practice
  • Four hours of CPR training
  • 40 hours of clinical rotations at a health care facility

Students who successfully complete this program are eligible to take the written State of Illinois Nurse Aide Competency Exam. After passing this exam, students may seek employment at long-term care facilities, hospitals, and home-health agencies.

Additionally, students must:

Be 17 years of age.

Possess a valid, U.S. Social Security number.

Be currently registered at Moraine Valley Community College.

Complete the Reading Placement Test
Students must qualify for the RDG-091 level OR have achieved a score of 20 or above on the reading portion of the ACT or 480 or above on the SAT. Students may be also be excused from taking the Reading Placement Test because of previous academic work.

Submit to and pass an Illinois State Police Electronic Fingerprint Criminal Background Check with photography.
The Illinois Department of Public Health mandates that all students taking this course submit to electronic fingerprinting and photography and this is initiated the first day of class. Failure to comply or a “felony hit” will make the student ineligible to take the bnat course. Fingerprinting sessions will be initiated at the first class session. The fee is $32, subject to change.

Complete a Medical History and Physical.
Physical must include a Two-Step TB Test or Quantiferon Gold blood test, titers to document immunity to Rubella, Measles, Mumps, Chicken Pox and Hepatitis B and proof of a current tetanus vaccine and flu shot are required. In addition, a 10-panel urine drug screening, electronic fingerprinting with a photo* and proof of health insurance are necessary. Certification for the AHA Healthcare Provider CPR will be conducted during a lab session. Packets explaining course requirements will be distributed the first day of class. All health requirements must be completed prior to the start of clinical sessions.

Complete CPR certification.
Students will receive American Heart Association CPR for Health care Providers’ certification during one four hour lab session. The cost is included in your course lab fee.

Purchase required course materials.

White scrub top and pants

Watch with a second hand

Double-head stethoscope

Blood pressure cuff

Course textbook and workbook

Attend the first day of class, all lab, and clinical sessions.
To meet the program requirements, attendance at class sessions is required. Students who are absent the first day of class, lab or clinical sessions or Alzheimer’s training must withdraw from this course if make-up sessions are not available. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Complete Clinicals.
After students have submitted their health requirements, completed all of the laboratory sessions and CPR certification, clinical sessions begin. This usually occurs in approximately the sixth week of the course. During a 17 week course, clinical will begin during the eleventh week.

Building Location and Hours

12940 S. Western Ave.
Blue Island, IL 60406
Phone: (708) 974-5300

Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
*Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
*The building closes Fridays at noon during summer semester. Saturday 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Get access to the same student services available at the main campus, close to home in Blue Island.

Register for Fall Classes Today!

Classes begin Tuesday, August 28 so register today to reserve your spot and start your career.