Welcome to Phlebotomy

Blood cells

Phlebotomy Spring 2017

The fall 2016 application period has been extended! Please contact the program director Laura Muldowney 910-3627492 for further information!

 Please see a counselor on the Wilmington Campus or the North Campus to apply to the Phlebotomy program.

 What is Phlebotomy?

Eventually, everyone needs to get blood work done. Blood work provides the accurate status of your health, the extent of your illness; hence it tests your blood for one or more of the thousands of components circulating throughout your veins. It will ensure proper treatment, medication, and diagnostics for the overall management of your health. In order to receive correct treatment, your healthcare provider must know the answers that only a blood test can is capable of revealing.

Phlebotomy, is the name of the procedure for taking a blood sample from the body’s circulation, and is the most commonly performed procedure in medicine. Physicians rely on laboratory test results for 70 percent of the objective information they receive on a patient’s health status. However, obtaining a viable blood sample is not at all as simple as it looks. Venipuncture is an exceedingly detailed procedure which if performed improperly, can lead to injury as well as long-term complications. Results of a sample can be altered before the laboratory gets a chance to test the sample. Sample alteration leads physicians to misdiagnose, over or under-medicate, and generally can lead to mismanage of the patients treatment.

What is a Phlebotomist?

Phlebotomists are those healthcare professionals whose responsibility it is to draw blood samples from patients or units of blood from donors. They specialize in the procedure and it is their main responsibility. Phlebotomists often handle and process blood samples in preparation for laboratory testing as well. Well trained and supervised phlebotomists are acutely aware that the way they draw and process samples can have a dramatic impact on the accuracy of the test results and have perfected every aspect of their technique to minimize their impact on the sample.

Learn about the most recent trends for Phlebotomy Technicians from the

Bureau of Labor and Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/phlebotomists.htm).

Work Environment

Phlebotomists work mainly in hospitals, medical and diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers, and doctors’ offices. Phlebotomists who collect blood donations sometimes travel to different offices and sites in order to set up mobile donation centers.
Phlebotomists held about 112,700 jobs in 2014. The industries that employed the most phlebotomists were as follows:
Hospitals; state, local, and private 38%
Medical and diagnostic laboratories 28%
Other ambulatory healthcare services 18%
Offices of physicians 9%
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Phlebotomists, on the Internet at  http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/phlebotomists.htm (visited April 15, 2016).

Phlebotomy Program Description

Welcome to the Phlebotomy Program page at Cape Fear Community College. The Phlebotomy Curriculum prepares individuals to obtain blood and other specimens for the purpose of laboratory analysis. The program is a limited enrollment Allied Health Program, accepting a maximum of fourteen (14) new students each Fall and Spring, and six (6) for the Summer.

Cape Fear Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools www.sacs.org. The Phlebotomy Technician Program of Cape Fear Community College is approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS www.naacls.org).

Selective Admission Process


It is important that all applicants for the Phlebotomy program understand the selective admission process.  Applicants who wish to submit a Phlebotomy application must first meet minimum requirements.  Please review carefully the information regarding minimum requirements and other pertinent information listed below.

 Phlebotomy Admissions Information and Criteria

View the Phlebotomy Point Count Worksheet separately.

Information Session:

Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 2-3pm in L-321.