Phlebotomy, Certificate

Program Code


Program Overview

This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and/or careers in the health sciences field. Students gain technical skill proficiency through competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher- order reasoning, and problem-solving skills.

The goal of the Phlebotomy Program is to train professional phlebotomists proficient in communication, leadership, human relations, and employability skills. Additionally, students learn safe and efficient work practices through a combination of theory and laboratory activities. The practical activities provide the necessary cognitive and manipulative skills needed to obtain adequate and correct blood specimens by capillary or venipuncture on adults, children and neonates while maintaining the integrity of the specimen in relation to the test to be performed. These goals are accomplished in compliance with the curriculum frameworks as governed by the State of Florida Department of Education.

In addition to obtaining blood specimens, phlebotomists must have a clear understanding of medical terminology to label, sort and record specimens delivered to the laboratory. Additional duties may include centrifuging specimens and preparing aliquots of samples according to the designated protocol required by various laboratory specialties. Students in this program also receive training in emergency procedures including CPR (Heartsaver), first aid, as well as HIPPA and blood-borne pathogen training. This program meets the Department of Health HIV/AIDS Domestic Violence and Prevention of Medical Errors education requirements. Upon completion of this program, the instructor will provide a certificate to the student verifying that these requirements have been met.

Upon completion of the program, students earn a Career and Technical Certificate (C.T.C.) making them eligible for entry-level employment as phlebotomists. Although there is no state licensure required for phlebotomists, graduates with required amounts of work experience may obtain certification from national credentialing agencies. This program is currently seeking approval from the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

Median Pay*
$41,810 per year
$20.10 per hour

*Salary information provided by Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Must be 18 years old
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED
  • Satisfactory completion of PERT exam or equivalent college coursework. *(minimum PERT scores; reading-65, writing-70, math-60)

All tuition and fees are estimated costs and subject to change without notice.

Program Costs Breakdown

Tuition for 5.5 Credit Hours:

  • $419.10 Florida Residents
  • $1,598.85 Non-Florida Residents


  • $175 (buying used at Barnes & Noble)

Internship Fees:

  • $123.00 Background checks (if required)
  • $135.00 Drug Screen (if required)
  • $55.00 Adult, Child, and Infant CPR/AED & First Aid

Program Cost Totals:

  • $872.10 Florida Residents
  • $2,051.85 Non-Florida Residents


There are many scholarships available for Santa Fe College students to apply to. Please visit the Scholarships webpage for more information and how to apply.

Financial Aid

This program is not covered by Financial Aid. For more information regarding Financial Aid guidelines or to speak with a financial aid advisor, please visit the Financial Aid page for more information.

Florida Open Door Grant

This grant pays 100% of the tuition, fees, books, supplies, and assessment costs for this program. Students may qualify for a stipend of up to $1,500 for living expenses while completing their program, as funds are available. For More Information visit the Grants Page.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a professional attitude and behavior when interacting with patients and staff.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of legal, ethical, and safety responsibilities in the health industry.
  • Apply basic information technology, math, and science knowledge to procedures in the laboratory.
  • Successfully perform venipuncture by vacuum collection devices and skin puncture.
  • List essential information that should be on laboratory requisitions and specimen containers for identification.

1 full semester

  • Semester; MLT 0047 & MLT 0047L (at SF Perry Center Lab)
  • Semester; MLT 0048 (at clinical site Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for three weeks)

Applicants who receive a C.T.C. Certificate in Phlebotomy will successfully complete a total of 165 clock hours with coursework in the following classes

  • MLT 0047 - Phlebotomy (0 credit hours; 30 contact hours)
  • MLT 0047L - Phlebotomy Techniques Lab (0 credit hours; 30 contact hours)
  • MLT 0048 - Phlebotomy Clinical Rotation (5 credit hours; 105 contact hours)

Performance Standards

  • Possess sufficient eyesight to observe, manipulate, and evaluate instrumentation and procedures
  • Possess sufficient hearing to communicate, manipulate, and evaluate instrumentation and procedures
  • Possess sufficient physical ability to move from room to room and around patients
  • Possess sufficient English verbal and written skills to communicate effectively
  • Possess sufficient fine motor coordination to safely perform laboratory techniques
  • Possess sufficient intellectual and emotional abilities to exercise independent judgment and discretion

Program Effectiveness captures the quality of a program using qualitative data such as program completion and job placement.

Program completion rates

  • 2019 - 99%
  • 2020 - 98%
  • 2021 - in process


  • 2019 - 90%
  • 2020 - 85%

Note: Students have the option of sitting for the National Board Exam ASCP. However, not all states including Florida, require this certification. The required internship consists of 105 contact hours and 100 successful blood draws. It usually takes about 3 weeks to complete.


The Cost of Attendance (COA) is not the bill that you will receive from Santa Fe College. It is an estimate of what it costs the typical student to attend Santa Fe College for one academic year including tuition, books, course materials, living expenses, transportation, and miscellaneous personal expenses.

Tuition and fees in the cost of attendance below are calculated for credit hour programs, assuming enrollment in 12 credit hours in the Fall and Spring semesters. Actual tuition and fees may vary by program. For a better understanding of your chosen program’s tuition and fees, see program costs above.

Undergraduate Lower Division Courses (A.A./A.S. Degree Courses)

  Off-Campus* Off-Campus w/ Parent**

Tuition and Fees

In-State: $106.77 per credit
Out-Of-State: $382.90 per credit

In-State: $2,563

Out-Of-State: $9,190

In-State: $2,563

Out-Of-State: $9,190

Books, Course Materials,
Supplies, and Equipment

$783 $783
Living Expenses
(Food & Housing)
$10,367 $3,654
Personal Expenses
$2,394 $2,394
Transportation $1,197 $3,942

In-State: $17,304

Out-Of-State: $23,931

In-State: $13,336

Out-Of-State: $19,963

Undergraduate Upper Division Courses (Bachelor's Degree Courses)

  Off-Campus* Off-Campus w/ Parent**

Tuition and Fees

In-State: $126.33 per credit
Out-Of-State: $428.83 per credit

In-State: $3,032

Out-Of-State: $10,292

In-State: $3,032

Out-Of-State: $10,292

Books, Course Materials,
Supplies, and Equipment
$783 $783
Living Expenses
(Food & Housing)
$10,367 $3,654
Personal Expenses
$2,394 $2,394
Transportation $1,197 $3,942

In-State: $17,773

Out-Of-State: $25,033

In-State: $13,805

Out-Of-State: $21,065

*Off-Campus: you intend to live off-campus but not with your parent(s).

**Off-Campus with Parent: you intend to live with your parent(s) or other relatives.

Note: All costs and rates are subject to change for the upcoming year.

For more detailed information, visit SF's Cost of Attendance page.


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