Phlebotomy Technician Program

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Spring 2016 courses are underway. Fall 2016 dates will be posted in August.

Phlebotomy Technician

The Phlebotomist is a vital member of the clinical laboratory team, whose main function is to obtain patient's blood specimens by venipuncture and microcollection. The field of Phlebotomy has greatly expanded in the past several years, and the role of this integral member of the health care team has recently been brought into much sharper focus.

Phlebotomy Technician – Employment & Education

Phlebotomist's draw blood from patients for testing purposes. They usually work under the supervision of medical technologists or laboratory managers. Phlebotomists are employed throughout the health care system - hospitals, neighborhood health centers, medical group practices, HMO's, public health facilities, veteran hospitals, insurance carriers and in other health care settings. The demand for Phlebotomy Technicians has increased substantially with the overall complexity of health care services and the risks of infectious disease.

Educational Requirements

People interested in becoming Phlebotomists should have a high school diploma or GED equivalent

Phlebotomy Technician Program

The 90 hour Phlebotomy Technician Program prepares professionals to collect blood specimens from clients for the purpose of laboratory analysis. Students will become familiar with all aspects related to blood collection and develop comprehensive skills to perform venipunctures completely and safely. Classroom work includes terminology, anatomy and physiology; blood collection procedures; specimen hands-on practice; and clinical training in skills and techniques to perform puncture methods. The program also includes lab exercises, live blood draws, work with a training arm and other exercises intended to prepare students to function as an entry level Phlebotomy Technician.

NOTE: This 90 hour program does not include the arranging of a free clinical rotation on behalf of students. Although not required to work as a Phlebotomy Technician, students that wish to pursue a clinical rotation should contact local health care organizations to arrange their personal clinical schedule.

Phlebotomy Technician Detailed Course Information

  • anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system
  • medical terminology and laboratory theory
  • laboratory law, ethics and regulatory issues
  • specimen documentation and transportation
  • non blood specimen collection
  • pediatric & geriatric blood collection
  • quality, competency and performance assessment
  • phlebotomy theory / simulated lab
  • arterial, intravenous (IV) & special collections procedures
  • specimen collection, processing and handling
  • laboratory operations (e.g. safety, quality control,)
  • cells, lab safety, anatomy of the arm, using a tourniquet
  • blood collection systems, review of medical asepsis and hand washing
  • blood and blood composition, blood tubes, coagulation, venipuncture protocols, working with a training arm
  • anatomy of hand, leg & foot – arteries and veins
  • heel puncture, protocol, practice, syringe draws
  • blood banks and blood typing, lab departments and personnel
  • universal precautions – safety protocols, infection control
  • respiratory, pneumonia & TB isolation protocol, live venipuntcures & skin punctures, syringe practice
  • CBC/DIFF, hematological lab tests, disease and disorders, order of draw
  • training arm practice and other clinical lab exercises


Before completing any paperwork for the healthcare programs, please read the following.

Healthcare Programs Frequently Asked Questions

1.   Do I need to fill out a FAFSA? 

No.  Federal Student Aid does not cover these


2.   Can I get a Pell Grant?                 

No. Federal Pell Grants do not cover these programs.


3.   What financial assistance is available?  Who can I talk to about financial aid?

The UT Martin Office of Financial Aid does not provide assistance for these programs.
The only financial assistance is available through:


WIA – Workforce Investment Act – Workforce Training is provided through Tennessee’s statewide Career Center System.  Qualified applicants may receive financial assistance.

Local Area

Services Counties

Contact Number


Perry, Wayne, Lawrence, Giles



Chester, Decatur, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, McNairy, and Madison



Benton, Carroll, Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Henry, Lake, Lauderdale, Obion, Tipton, and Weakley



Fayette, Shelby


4.   When can I submit my application for the program?
We cannot accept your application for the program until you have payment or verification of payment.  Completed applications are submitted to the UT Martin Office of Extended Campus and Online Studies (ECOS) at:  110 Gooch Hall, UT Martin, Martin, TN  38238.


5.   If I pass the class am I certified?
No. You will receive a Certificate of Completion for successfully completing the program.  Many of the programs require passing a national exam before you receive certification.  The course will prepare you for the certification exam.

6.   Will I get a job?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics: “For workers who have an interest in science and in helping people, healthcare occupations are expected to provide some of the most plentiful and highest paying career opportunities.  Overall, healthcare occupations are projected to provide nearly 3 million job openings between 2002 and 2012 for workers who don’t have a bachelor’s degree.”  Check with local clinics, pharmacies, and hospitals to see if they have job openings.

7.   How much will I make?

Salary varies by location and occupation.  Check with your local clinics, hospitals and pharmacies to see what they are paying.


8.   When do I get my books?

Books are distributed at the first class meeting.


9.   What do I need to bring to class?

Items for taking notes (paper, pencils, pen)


10. Is there a payment plan?

No, full payment is due prior to the first class meeting.


11. Do I need a uniform?



If after reading the above information you have questions, please call us at 731-881-7082.

Payment must accompany registration. Once you submit the registration form, please call our office at 731-881-7104 to make payment. We accept Visa, MC and Discover. If you are applying for funding through WIA (see #3 under FAQ), please let us know which WIA Center is assisting you. It is recommended you register at least two weeks prior to the start date. Register Now!


  • Registration and payment will be accepted until the first class meeting, if space is available in the class. People who register late may not receive their books at the first class meeting.
  • Full payment is due at time of registration
  • There are no payment plans
  • There is no financial aid available through the University.
  • To pay by check: Make payable to UT Martin and mail to, ECOS, 110 Gooch Hall, Martin, TN 38238
  • To pay by debit/credit card (Visa, MC, Discover) call 731-881-7082

Registration fee: includes all books and supplies

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