Laboratory Assistant and Phlebotomy

Program Coordinator

Michael Paul Waide, B.S. (CLS), M.Div.
Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor
201 Education Building
1201 Locust Avenue
Fairmont, WV 26554
Phone: (304) 333-3634


Laboratory Assistant Clinical Coordinator:
Melissa White, B.S., M.T. (ASCP)
132 Colebank Hall
1201 Locust Avenue
Fairmont, WV 26554
Phone: (304) 367-4790



The Phlebotomy Advanced Skill Set courses provide students with the opportunity to attain the skills and education needed to work as phlebotomists.    The Phlebotomy Advanced Skill Set is a one-to-two semester program that trains students in specimen collection.  Following classroom and clinical training, students are eligible to sit for a national certifying exam in phlebotomy through the National Healthcare Association (NHA).  Our program’s current pass rate is 92%.

The Advanced Skills Set is part of the Laboratory Assistant Certificate in Applied Science.  Students in the Laboratory Assistant program also earn the Skill Set in phlebotomy.

The Laboratory Assistant works under the supervision of analysts, scientists, technologists or technicians in the physical, chemical, biological and medical sciences. Laboratory Assistants may perform a variety of tasks depending upon the type of agency for which they work. They may perform phlebotomies use computers and computer-interfaced equipment; perform quality assurance checks; collect and prepare samples for analysis; clean, maintain and set up equipment used in experiments or laboratory analyses; follow safety procedures; properly dispose of biological wastes; maintain laboratory supplies; perform routine mathematical calculations; or prepare chemical solutions, reagents and media.

Laboratory Assistant Program Overview
The Laboratory Assistant Certificate of Applied Science Program at Pierpont Community & Technical College is a one-year certificate of applied science degree program designed to educate and prepare students for work in a laboratory under the supervision of a technologist, technician, analyst or scientist, or prepare students for additional schooling..

Students in the program receive one year of didactic instruction and laboratory training in basic and advanced laboratory skills, technical report writing, general chemistry, basic anatomy and physiology, CPR (Basic Life Support) and safety procedures, venipuncture and capillary puncture techniques and computer concepts and applications.

The Laboratory Assistant Program is currently affiliated with several medical institutions where students obtain practical experience in blood drawing techniques. Some clinical affiliates require background clearances.

Employment and Educational Advancement Opportunities
After successful completion of the program, graduates may go directly into the workforce or apply for admission into one of the associate degree health careers programs or transfer to a baccalaureate degree program.

Laboratory Assistants are employed in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, research facilities, industry, federal and state agencies. Those graduates of the Laboratory Assistant program who are admitted into one of the competitive associate degree health careers programs at Pierpont Community and Technical College will have completed 13-23 hours of credit that could be applied to their specific area of study.

Potential Earnings

According to, the median salary for phlebotomists in WV is $27,000 per year. This represents $13-$15 per hour.  The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Employment Statistics indicates the national mean hourly wage for phlebotomists is $15.10 and notes a 27% increase in positions between 2012 and 2022.

According to, the national average for laboratory assistants (who possess the same job skills and training that we offer) is $29,000 to $31,000 per year. This represents $15-$17 per hour.

National Health Career Association (NHA)

Students in the Laboratory Assistant Program and the Phlebotomy Skill Set are eligible to sit for the NHA's certified phlebotomy technician (CPT) exam, which is administered 2-3 times per year at the Locust Avenue campus.  To be eligible to sit for the certification exam, students must successfully complete the following courses prior to application for the exam: (a) HLCA 1100; (b) HLCA 1101; (c) HLCA 1170; (d) HLCA 1110; and (e) HLCA 2205.  For more information about the certification exam, students are invited to visit .  

The Laboratory Assistant Program at Pierpont Community & Technical College celebrates a 92% successful pass rate, compared to the national average of 86% and the WV average of 87%.  


Laboratory Assistant 2014 Handbook (Click the link)

Program Information July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2013

The Laboratory Assistant Program (Certificate in Applied Science)

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COST   2010 -11 and 2011-13
Q: How much will this program cost me? (on-campus, WV resident)
A: Tuition and Fees: $3,652 (2010),  $3720 (2011-12), $3860 (2012)
  Books and supplies: $850 (2010)     ($998-$1504 in 2011-12)
  On-campus room & board: $6,925   (2010), ($6864- $8376 in 2011-12), $7180-10074 (2012-13)
  Program Specific Costs $450 estimate for travel costs to clinical sites and NHA exam; $100 course fees), New student fee $120
2011-12 Catalog  What's new for 2012-13
Q: What are my financing options to pay for the program?
A: In addition to any grant and scholarship aid for which they are eligible, 85 % of graduates used loans to finance their education in 2010-11, 61% in 2011-12 and 50% in 2012-13. The median debt for program graduates:
Federal loans completers on time $3,500 in 2010-11
Federal loans completers not on time $15,629 in 2010-11
Federal loans all completers $8996 in 2011-12; and  0% in 2012-13
Private educational loans no plans
Institution financing plan:   no plans
Q: How long will it take me to complete this program?

A: The program is designed to take 9 months to complete.

19% of completers from this program finished on time in 2010-11, 89% in 2011-12,  97% in 2012-13, and 100% in 2013-2014.

Q: What are the chances of getting a job when I graduate?

A: The job placement rate for students who completed the program in 2010-11 was 15% while 70% chose to stay in college and continue their education, in 2011-12 the job placement rate was 28% and 78% of completers continued their schooling. In 2012-13, completers had a 25% job placement rate, and 63% continued their education.  

This program designed to help students be able to compete for placement into Pierpont AAS health degree programs. 

Where can I work /skills I need? WV facts

Q: Will I be able to play back my student loans?

A: 91.9 % of students in this institution who took out federal student loans were successfully repaying them (2009 the repayment data was for Pierpont and Fairmont State University combined) In 2010,  81.5% of students in this institution who took out federal student loans were successfully repaying them (Pierpont 2 yr cohort rate 2010), and most recently 70.8% of students were successful in paying back their federal student loans.



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