Frequently Asked Questions

Question 1:  What is a Phlebotomist?

Phlebotomists are medical professionals who draw blood from patients for various lab tests and procedures.

Question 2:  Who do I contact for program information?

The Program Manager is Kristie Rose, and she can be reached at email .

Question 3:  When and where are classes offered for this program?

The program is offered at the Cocoa & Palm Bay campuses - when applying to Health Sciences, students should specify which campus they prefer. Students can choose their preferred lab time, at their assigned campus.  Clinical rotations are 40 hours a week, but times and locations vary each semester, based on availability. Please refer to the college course schedule for specific days and time.

Question 4:  What is the length of the program?

One semester (16 weeks) - the first 6 weeks are lecture and lab; the second 10 weeks are clinical rotations (supervised hospital experience consisting of 105 hours).

Question 5:  What type of degree do I receive after completing the program?

Upon successful completion, you will receive a "Post Secondary Vocational Certificate." This one-semester program of study prepares the student for employment as an entry-level phlebotomist. 

Question 6:  How can I enter the Phlebotomy Program?

Qualifying for enrollment in the program starts with a high school diploma or G.E.D. and applicants must be at least 18 years of age.  All students must complete an EFSC application and a Phlebotomy program application – see "Application Procedure" link. Applicants must also attend a mandatory Orientation session that discusses the program in detail – see "Orientation" link for dates.  Admission to the program is limited.

Question 7:  How many and how often are students admitted into the program?

30 students are accepted once a semester. The program is not offered in the summer. 

Question 8:  How will I gain experience prior to the clinical rotation?

During the first 6 weeks of the program, students will perform venipuncture on one another.  It is imperative that students complete necessary immunizations, HIV training and drug screening prior to start of program. 

Question 9:  Do I need to take a licensing exam after I graduate?

No. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take a National Certification Exam.  Licensing in the State of Florida is not required to practice.

Question 10:  How can I see if Phlebotomy is the career for me, before applying to the program?

Job Shadowing is a great way to learn if Phlebotomy will keep your interest and if you can handle what the career entails.  You can contact hospitals or Lab offices in your area to inquire about job shadowing.