Explore Degrees & Certificates

7 Weeks | Mon. & Wed. 5:30 - 9 p.m. | Median Salary: $33,110

Next Program Start Date: January 13, 2020

In-Person Registration Date: December 18, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.

If you've ever donated blood, you know the value of a trained phlebotomist. Phlebotomists' primary responsibility is to safely draw blood, for the purpose of blood work, transfusions, or research.


  • High School Diploma or Equivalent 
  • Must be at least 18 years of age 
  • Must maintain medical insurance while enrolled 
  • Compliance with immunizations 
  • Drug Testing and Background Checks (For some employers) 
  • Solid Communications Skills and a Willingness to Help



How to Sign-Up 

In-Person Open Registration begins December 18, 2019 at 3:00 pm at Student Central in the Gordon Student Center.  To register, you must bring proof of High School completion (or equivalency) and full tuition ($1,299). The class is limited to 20 seats.


Q: Do I have to submit proof of High School completion or equivalency again if OCC already has it on file?

A: No.  If Student Central already has this on file you do not need to submit it again.  You should check with Student Central at 315-498-2000 in advance to verify it’s on file to avoid a registration problem.


Q: Can I register for this course if I have a past due balance or a block on my OCC account?

A: No.  You will not be allowed to register if you have a past due balance or block on your account at OCC.


Q: Are there any additional fees?

A: There are no additional fees.  All textbooks, scrubs, and supplies are included in your tuition. 


Q: Do I need to submit immunizations or any other health information?

A: Yes. You are required to submit health compliance paperwork to OCC before you go to your clinical.  It is typically due by the middle of the class.  OCC’s Health Compliance Officer will give you a health packet and explain the process on the first night of class.


Q: When and where can I complete my clinical experience?

A: OCC maintains agreements with a select list of approved clinical sites in Onondaga, Oswego, and Cortland counties. Clinical placements are assigned by the Placement Coordinator at OCC. Clinicals take place after the course is completed Monday through Friday during daytime hours. Clinical placements are not available on the weekends or in the evenings. 


Q: How much class time can I miss?

Students are only allowed to miss one class.


Q: Do I get a refund if I drop the class?

No. Once the class starts you will not receive a refund if you drop.


Q: Can I just register for the clinical experience?

A: No.  You must register for and take the course to be assigned to a clinical experience.


Q: What type of certification will I be eligible for upon completion of the course?

A: Upon successful completion of the course and clinical experience you will receive a completion certificate from OCC.  You will also be eligible to sit for the Technician Certification Exam in Phlebotomy through the American Society of Clinical Pathologists


Q: When do I take the certification exam?

A: Students must register themselves for the exam through the American Society of Clinical Pathologists upon completion of the course and clinical experience.   OCC will assist you in completing the test application and will complete the training and clinical verification section of the application.


Q: What if my place of employment is going to pay for me?

A: You must bring a signed letter from your place of employment with you to the open registration. It must include your name, name of the course, how much they are paying, a contact name, contact address, and contact phone number. If your employer is paying a partial amount, you must pay the balance at the time of registration. 


Q: Do I have to pay at the time of registration?

A: Yes, full payment is due at the time of registration. For a list of acceptable payment types, contact Student Central at 315-498-2000. 

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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