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 procesing

-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

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.

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 has 100% pass rate for those students that tested for the ASCP registry for 2017 based on ASCP Program Performance Report and program outcomes.  The pass rate for the Dalton State College Program for phlebotomy is 100% compared to the national pass rate 89.78%, maximum program score 528 compared to national score maximum score 558.  Job placement for graduates after completion of the program is 100% job placement within 3-6 months of completion based on program and employee evaluations and surveys.

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