Phlebotomy (PHB)

Course Description

Cardinal Institute for Health Careers’ Phlebotomy education program is designed to prepare students to be able to draw blood and other specimens from patients in a variety of medical settings.

This PHB education program is 200 clock hours, divided as:

Indirect Hours

  • 52 hours of classroom instruction;
  • 48 hours of lab;

Direct Hours

  • 100 hours of clinical externship.


  • Must have a high school diploma or GED
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must speak, read, write and comprehend English
  • Must have basic Math skills
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills
  • Must have reliable transportation
  • Must have a government issued photo ID
  • Must have a social security card
  • Must have completed a physical examination within six (6) months of desired program start date
  • Must be able to lift 40 pounds throughout the entire class and clinical sessions

Special Requirements

The PHB education program has special requirements that must be completed prior to the first day. Please note that the following requirements are at the individual’s personal expense; they are not included into the tuition of the PHB education program. For Clinical Externship, the Phlebotomy student will need to supply the school with the following documents:

  • Immunization/Vaccination Record
    • Measles
    • Mumps
    • Rubella
    • Tdap (Pertussis)
    • Tetanus
    • TB (within the last 6 months)
    • Varicella
    • Hepatitis B or letter of decline
    • Influenza and Pneumonia, seasonal
  • Urine Drug Screening Results
  • Proof of Professional Liability Insurance
  • Current AHA BLS (Basic Life Support) Certification (Online certification not accepted)
  • Physical Examination within the last six months of program start date
  • Criminal Background Check Result


Students of the Cardinal Institute for Health Careers PHB education program are trained to perform a variety of blood collection methods, using proper techniques and precautions on adults.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to sit for the certification examination. Potential employment may include hospital laboratories, outpatient service centers, physician practices, and various other health care facilities.

Completion Requirements

Program Completion Requirements

Cognitive testing in form of quizzes/exams are given and the student must pass with an 80% or better and skilled techniques on venipunctures, skin punctures, etc. must be met satisfactorily for successful completion of this training program. This is a pass/fail training program.

Clinical Externship

Phlebotomy training program includes 100 hours of clinical externship. Professional and ethical integrity must always be in the forefront and satisfactory compliance of the guidelines set forth.


At program end, upon satisfactory completion of all skills assigned and passing grade of 80% or better, the student will receive a certificate of successful completion of the PHB education program.

Duration (in days)


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