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2022-2023 College Catalog 
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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 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 School of Health Sciences 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 READ 0113 and ENGL 0923 or higher level English course(s)
    • Completion of the Accuplacer Course Placement test, scoring into READ 0123 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 Health Sciences 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 to find a TOEFL iBT testing site, register and pay for the test. Students may go to 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 Medical Laboratory Technician Certificate (Phlebotomy) Program Map    

Phlebotomy Certification 6 hours

All 3 courses must be taken concurrently and successfully completed  with a “C” or better in order to earn the Phlebotomy Certificate from Tulsa Community College

MDLT 1203 Lecture/Lab Course- Blended Course

MDLT 1222 Clinical Course-100 hours AND 100 successful venipunctures (per accreditation)

MDLT 2111  Lecture Course- 100% online

**NOTE:  Per School of Health-science policy,  you must bet complete with all Risk Management Items before you will be given permission to enroll in the Phlebotomy Courses.    These include: Immunizations, AHA CPR, TB Testing, Clearance on a National Background Check and  Negative Drug Screening. 

Total Credit Hours: 6

All Phlebotomy Courses must be completed with a “C” or better in order for the student to receive the Phlebotomy Certificate from TCC. 


  • Complete all risk management requirements.  These must be completed before a student will be given permission to enroll in Phlebotomy Courses. courses.  (Immunizations (see list), AHA CPR, TB Testing), including clearance on a national background check and negative drug screen.
  • Check the academic calendar for important dates and deadlines impacting classes and financial aid.
  • To maintain financial aid eligibility, a student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 1.70 during the first 30 credit hours attempted and complete 67% of the courses attempted.  Review your Financial Aid Dashboard or visit the Financial Aid Office to determine your financial aid status.

  • To maintain financial aid eligibility, a student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 if 31 or more hours have been attempted and complete 67% of the courses attempted.  Review your Financial Aid Dashboard or visit the Financial Aid Office to determine your financial aid status.
  • Meet with an academic adviser before enrolling and to file for graduation if completing the Phlebotomy Certificate.  Graduation checks are often done as a group in class prior to clinicals.
  • Apply to take the MLT (ASCP) National Registry Exam.  Instructions will be provided by the Program Director.

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