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Explore the Phlebotomy Program
Phlebotomists are medical professionals who draw blood from patients for various lab tests and procedures. This one-semester program of study prepares the student for employment as an entry-level Phlebotomist by teaching them the techniques and theory needed to successfully take and pass the national certification exam and enter the health care field.
The Phlebotomy Program is a 16-week course of study (12 weeks in summer). A 6-week minimester course with lab is taught on campus, with the remainder of the term spent completing a 100-hour supervised clinical experience.
Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take a national certification exam (State of FL certification not required). Students must be 18 years of age to be accepted into the Phlebotomy Program.
The Phlebotomy program is taught on the Cocoa and Palm Bay Campuses. This is a limited
access program that requires a special application process. Please note the following deadlines for application to Phlebotomy programs.
- November 1st to start in Spring 2021 (January) for Cocoa and Palm Bay. Important Note: The Spring 2021 program is tentatively scheduled to start in January 2021. The required orientation and interview, along with additional information and instructions for those application steps, will be posted to the Phlebotomy website no later than October 1. Due to COVID-19, we are working with our clinical partners to confirm the availability of the clinical rotation sites required as part of the hands-on Phlebotomy program. Any adjustments required by the pandemic will be shared on this website.
- March 1st to start in Summer (May) for Palm Bay only
- June 1st to start in Fall (August) for Cocoa and Palm Bay
All applicants must attend a Phlebotomy Orientation. Please see the information box on this page for orientation dates.
IMPORTANT NOTE: During the Phlebotomy class on campus, students will be doing venipuncture on each other!
You must complete an orientation to be considered for program acceptance. In-person orientations have been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Information about an alternate online option will be available here by Feb. 1.
Next Program Start: Summer 2021 (May) - for classes on the Palm Bay Campus
Application Deadline: March 1, 2021
You are welcome to submit your Phlebotomy application and $25 application fee AFTER
completing the orientation. For more information, please see Application Procedures.
Meet a Graduate
Phlebotomist, Parrish Medical Center
"My instructors at EFSC really cared about each of us & wanted us to succeed. What really helped was having so many hours of hands-on training while a student, including clinical rotations at Parrish, which led to a job."