This program is designed to train students in the collection and processing of blood specimens, skills known as Phlebotomy. Although the Phlebotomist does not actually perform any laboratory testing, Phlebotomists do work side-by-side with Medical Laboratory Technicians and Technologists in hospitals and other health care organizations.

Phlebotomists talk with patients and donors so they are less nervous about having their blood drawn. Phlebotomists draw blood for tests, transfusions, research, or blood donations. Some of them explain their work to patients and provide assistance if patients have adverse reactions after their blood is drawn.

Phlebotomists typically do the following:

-Draw blood from patients and blood donors

-Talk with patients and donors so they are less nervous about having their blood drawn

-Label the drawn blood for testing or processing

-Enter patient information into an onsite database

-Assemble and maintain medical instruments such as needles, test tubes and blood vials

The Phlebotomy Program is offered on an as-needed basis when the job market appears suitable.

Phlebotomists work mainly in hospitals, medical and diagnostic laboratories, and doctor's offices.

Phlebotomy program requirements:

  1. Meet all Dalton State College admission requirements for certificate students.
  2. Be at least 17 years of age with a high school diploma or GED.
  3. Receive career counseling from a School of Health Professions' advisor.
  4. Submit application and documentation for the Phlebotomy program to the School of Health Professions. These requirements include:
    1. Two (2) letters of business reference. (included in packet)
    2. Proof of academic abilities (transcripts, etc.).
    3. An interview with a Phlebotomy Admissions Counselor.
    4. A completed Data Sheet and Notification Sheet.

Other program requirements, such as name tag, uniforms, medical forms, physical, malpractice insurance, background check and drug screen at the student's expense will be required after acceptance into the program.

For more information, please call the School of Health Professions at (706) 272-2658.

Major Field Courses
ALHT 1130Allied Health Terminology3
BIOL 1100Human Biology *3
CAPS 1101Introduction to Computers3
MLTS 1101Intro to Health Sci/Phlebotomy **3
MLTS 1102Phlebotomy Clinical Practicum ***5
Total Hours17

Substitution allowed. (Completion of BIOL 2251K and BIOL 2252K)


Must be taken the semester immediately before MLTS 1102 .


Successful completion of ALHT 1130, BIOL 1100, CAPS 1101,  and MLTS 1101, with a “C” (78) or better is required.

Plan I

Semester I:

ALHT    1130    Allied Health Terminology

BIOL    1100    Human Biology

CAPS    1101    Introduction to Computers

MLTS    1101    Introduction To Health Science

Semester II:
MLTS    1102    Phlebotomy Practicum

Plan II

Courses may be taken in any combination with exception of MLTS 1101 which has to be taken the semester prior to attending the MLTS 1102 practicum. Also note MLTS 1101 is only offered Fall and Spring semester.

Semester I:

BIOL      1100 Human Biology

Semester II:

ALHT    1130     Allied Health Terminology

CAPS    1101    Introduction to Computers

MLTS    1101     Introduction to Health Science

Semester III:
MLTS    1102    Phlebotomy Practicum

*MLTS 1101 must be taken the semester immediately before MLTS 1102

*Courses are offered almost every semester. Program starts Fall and Spring, requiring 2 semesters in sequences, if attending full-time.  

Clinical facilities used by the program may require students to submit to background checks and drug screenings before they are allowed in the facility. Based on the information obtained, these facilities can refuse student access. Failure to be accepted into clinical facilities may jeopardize a student’s ability to complete the program.

The Dalton State Phlebotomy program is an approved program by NAACLS (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences) 5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119 Phone: 847-939-3597, 773-714-8880. Fax: 773-714-8886

Program Outcome:

One of the Phlebotomy mini-certificate Program outcomes, is placement of graduates in the workforce and pass rate for those that sit for the ASCP registry. An acceptable placement for a graduate is if they begin working as a Phlebotomist or continue on with their education.

Dalton State College Phlebotomy Program did not have any students sit for the ASCP between 2021-2022.  The pass rate for the Dalton State College Program for phlebotomy has been 100% for those that sat for the certification. Job placement for graduates between 2021-2022  after completion of the program is 100%, completion based on program and employee evaluations and surveys. Graduation rate for between 2021-2022 for the number of students at midpoint 15 compared to number of students graduated 13; 87% graduation rate.

Graduation Rates:
Year # of Students (Midpoint) # of Students Graduated % Graduation Rate
2019-2020 20 20 100
2020-2021 14 14 100
2021-2022 15 13 87

* Two student projected to retake courses to complete the program the following year.

Certification Rates:
Year # of Graduates # of Graduates Taking Certification Exam % Certification Pass Rate
2019-2020* 20 1 100
2020-2021* 14 3 100
2021-2022* 13 NA NA

* Certification is not a requirement to obtain employment in the state of Georgia.

Students may elect to not sit for certification but able to obtain employment in the field.

Job Placement Rates:
Year # of Students (Midpoint) # Employed in Field (within 3-6 months or continuing education) % Job Placement Rate
2019-2020 20 20 100
2020-2021 14 14 100
2021-2022 15 13 100

More Information on this career:

Tyra D. Stalling MLS (ASCP), M.S.H.S.

Program Director

Medical Laboratory Technology and Phlebotomy

Dalton State College

650 College Drive

Dalton, GA 30720



Marcela Armenta, MLS (ASCP)

Education Coordinator of Medical Laboratory Technology and Phlebotomy

Dalton State College

650 College Drive

Dalton, GA 30720