Advanced Skill Set Certificate

Craddock, Sherri

Associate Professor of Medical Laboratory Technology
Laboratory Assistant Program Coordinator
102 Advance Technology Center (ATC) Fairmont
Program Purpose: 

The Phlebotomy Advanced Skill Set courses provide students with the opportunity to attain the skills and education needed to work as phlebotomists. The Advanced Skills Set is part of the Laboratory Assistant Certificate in Applied Science.

Clinical Affiliates:

The Phlebotomy Advanced Skill Set course HLCA 2205 is currently affiliated with several medical institutions where students obtain practical experience in blood drawing techniques. Students are required to have background clearances, submit health documentation, and meet essential functions of the program before attending clinical placements.

Student Learning Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the Phlebotomy Advanced Skill Set Program, completers will be able to do the following:

  • Meet the academic qualifications to sit for the exam to become a certified phlebotomist
  • Communicate verbally and non-verbally with patients, health care personnel and others in a professional manner, respecting the confidentiality of patient results
  • Exhibit conduct that reflects professional standards that are legal, ethical and safe

Phlebotomists are employed in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics and industry. Credits earned through the Phlebotomy Advanced Skill Set may be applied to the Laboratory Assistant certificate program or another Associate degree program in the Pierpont C&TC School of Health Sciences. Some credits may be transferred to a baccalaureate degree program. According to a recent national wage and vacancy survey conducted by The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), the average annual salary for phlebotomists is $25,000-30,000.

Program Specific Admission Requirements: 

Admissions standards must be met in order to be considered for entry into the Phlebotomy Skills Set program, applicants must:

  • Meet the general admission requirements of Pierpont Community & Technical College.
  • Have a high school GPA and, if applicable, a college GPA of 2.0 or better.
  • All applicants are expected to meet nonacademic criteria (essential functions) in order to participate in the Phlebotomy Skills Set program and are accepted according to date of application.
  • Students must be able to meet the essential functions of the program and classes, with or without accommodations.


Program Specific Enrollment Requirements: 

To remain in and complete the Phlebotomy Advanced Skill Set, students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 and earn a grade of “C” or better in HLCA 1100 Medical Terminology; HLCA 1110 Basic Clinical and Laboratory Skills; HLCA 2205 Phlebotomy Practicum; HLCA 1170/1171 Human Anatomy and Physiology; and HLCA 1101. GPA’s are reviewed each semester. Failure to meet any of these requirements will result in dismissal from the program. Students who have been dismissed for academic reasons may reapply to the program.

Readmission to the Phlebotomy Advanced Skill Set will be determined on an individual basis. The decision will be made by the Laboratory Assistant Admissions Committee on the basis of the student’s prior academic performance in the program, the student’s qualifications when compared to other applicants, and the availability of space.

Program Specific Accreditation: 
We are excited to be accredited and approved to offer a National Health Certification through the National HealthCareer Association and to provide all the needed courses and even the exams at Pierpont Community & Technical College. Students are able to complete the program in its entirety at both our Advanced Technology Center and Braxton Center campuses.
Since the Laboratory Assistant Program received its approval to offer the certification exam in 2011. 90% of all students who completed the exam have successfully passed the national certification exam.
Holding a National Certification demonstrates a student’s commitment to the health profession and a patient safety, both standards that employers prefer if not require, and give students a competitive edge in job searching and advancement opportunities!
Notice to Students: 

This program alone does not qualify for financial aid. Students seeking financial aid eligible degrees may incorporate the classes as electives when their schedule allows or may declare an Associate or Certificate of Applied Science degree major of study in which the courses are embedded. A flagged criminal background​​ alert or a positive drug screen may prohibit a student from receiving a clinical placement.

Program Total Credit Hours: 
13 CHs
Program Specific Required Coursework: 
13 CHs

HLCA 1100

Medical Terminology

HLCA 1101

Introduction to Health Careers Programs

HLCA 1110

Basic Clinical and Laboratory Skills

HLCA 1170

Human Anatomy and Physiology

HLCA 2205

Phlebotomy Practicum

Students seeking admission into an Associate degree program in the School of Health Careers are encouraged to complete HLCA 1171, “Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory”, during the first semester of the program.