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2019-2020 College Catalog 
2019-2020 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Laboratory Technician Certificate (Phlebotomy)

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Program Description

This program is for phlebotomy trainees and professionals new to the medical laboratory technology field who need to rapidly acquire phlebotomy (the drawing of blood) skills, as well as acquire a comprehensive overview of the key areas of the clinical laboratory to include specimen processing.  The Phlebotomy program is approved through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Graduates with a phlebotomy certificate may apply for the National Phlebotomy Registry examination through the American Society of Clinical Pathology.

Admission to the Program

Procedures For Application

  1. All prospective Medical Laboratory Technician Phlebotomy students who have not been enrolled at TCC within the past year must complete an application for admission to the College and submit their high school transcripts, ACT scores, and previous college transcripts to the Metro Campus Student Completion Services office at 909 South Boston, Tulsa, OK 74119.  Incomplete submissions will not be considered for admission into the Phlebotomy program.  Admission to Tulsa Community College does not guarantee admission into the Medical Laboratory Technician Phlebotomy program.
  2. Applications for admission to the Phlebotomy program must be completed online at tulsacc.edu/healthscienceapply by:
  • July 1 for the fall semester
  • December 1 for the spring semester
  • March 1 for the summer semester

Students are admitted on a rolling admission basis determined by application date and meeting the program admission requirements. Classes for a semester could fill prior to the deadline.  For more information, contact the Department of Allied Health office at (918) 595-7002.

  1. Applicants eligible for consideration for admission into the Medical Laboratory Technician Phlebotomy program will be notified by email and will be required to attend a Phlebotomy orientation.

Program Admission Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED equivalent with a minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Reading and writing ability evidenced by meeting one of the following requirements: 
    • Minimum six (6) hours of college level coursework with 2.0 GPA or better
    • ACT score of 14 or higher in English and 15 or higher in Reading
    • Completion of ENGL 0903  and ENGL 0923  or higher level English course(s)
    • Completion of the Accuplacer Course Placement test, scoring into ENGL 0913  and ENGL 0933  at a minimum
  • An extensive criminal background check, including but  not limited to, a seven-year county of residence nationwide criminal history check, national sexual predator screening, Social Security check, and Medicare/Medicaid fraud screening is required by all clinical affiliates.  All Allied Health students participating in clinicals are required to complete these background checks, immunizations and a drug screening test by the Department of Allied Health office deadline prior to the first clinical rotation.  Any positive findings may be subject to review by the clinical affiliates and could prevent the student from completing clinical requirements.

English Language Proficiency

An official iBT® TOEFL (internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language) test score or an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Band score is required as proof of English proficiency for any International student for whom English is a second language who is applying to any Tulsa Community College health sciences program. Students who have graduated from a U.S. high school will not be required to take the iBT Toefl or IELTS tests.  Your scores must be current within 2 years of the semester for which you are applying.

For health sciences students, the minimum sub-scores on the internet based TOEFL (iBT®) are 21 for Writing; 24 for Speaking; 20 for Reading; and 20 for Listening, with a total minimum score of 85.

For students choosing the IELTS test, acceptable scores include: 6.5 for Reading; 6.5 for listening; 7.5 for Speaking; and 6 for Writing, for a total IELTS Bans score of 6.5.  These required minimum scores must be met for each of the four sub-tests on a single exam. A total score that does not meet the sub-score minimums does not meet the requirement. Exceptions to this policy may be considered on an individual basis.

Students must go to www.ets.org/toefl to find a TOEFL iBT testing site, register and pay for the test. Students may go to www.ielts.org/us to find an IELTS testing center and register and pay for the test. Both tests cost approximately $190. Students are highly encouraged to take practice tests to prepare for these important tests. Your official scores, including ALL Sub-scores, must be sent directly to the TCC Registrar’s Office.

Contact Information
Program Director
Andrew England
Additional Information Available

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program you will be able to:

  • Explain the health care delivery system.
  • Demonstrate accepted practices for infection control and safety.
  • Identify basic elements of anatomy and physiology in relation to major areas of the clinical laboratory.
  • Outline the importance of specimen collection and specimen integrity in the delivery of patient care.
  • Identify collection equipment, various types of additives used, special precautions necessary and substances that can interfere in clinical analysis of blood constituents.
  • Demonstrate successful venipunctures using proper operating procedures.
  • Perform requisitioning, specimen transport and specimen processing in a clinical setting.
  • Identify measures of quality assurance and quality control in phlebotomy.
  • Communicate effectively using medical terminology.


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Certificate Requirements

View a course plan of study on the Phlebotomy Certificate Program Map.  

Medical Laboratory Technology 5 hours

Courses must be taken concurrently and completed with a “C” or better for admission to the Medical Laboratory Technician AAS program.

Total Credit Hours: 5

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