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2017-2018 Course Catalog 
2017-2018 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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A Phlebotomist draws blood from patients for diagnostic medical laboratory tests. Most Phlebotomists are employed in hospitals and blood collection facilities. The program runs one semester and is offered Fall and Spring semesters. Results of background checks will be shared with cooperating agencies, which may prevent placement for clinical practicum. This will affect successful program completion.

Proof of immunizations is required on Day 1 of classes.

For more information about the Phlebotomy certificate, please visit our website at

Program Details

Program Entry Requirements

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Submit to the Admissions Office evidence of high school graduation, HiSET (formerly GED), or equivalent.
  3. ACCUPLACER Reading score of at least 45.
  4. ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of at least 66.
  5. Attend a required information/registration session.
  6. Perform a job shadow assignment for at least 4 consecutive hours. Job shadowing may only be done at labs approved by the Program Chair. The verification form, list of labs, and contact information are found on the website:

NOTE: Proof of immunizations are due on Day 1 of classes.

Required Courses

Total Credits Required to Complete this Certificate - 5

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$151.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

The Phlebotomy program utilizes a background check service,, to conduct criminal background/abuse checks and to track immunizations and health records for each student after their acceptance into the program. Students are responsible for the cost of this service (approximately $48). Students will also need to submit current documentation of all required immunizations at the start of the program.

Books  $50
Materials Fee and name badge  $50
Background check/Immunizations tracker as described above  $48
Immunizations/Vaccines (estimated cost-this will vary depending on the student’s needs)


Total cost for this program is approximately $908 - $1,103**

**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Draw blood.
  • Prepare blood samples for analysis.
  • Work in hospitals, clinics, or make house calls.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of blood drawing (phlebotomy).
  • Meet professional standards for cleanliness (sterile techniques).
  • Be willing to deal with the sick.
  • Demonstrate a caring attitude.
  • Be well organized.
  • Work well with other health personnel.
  • Work accurately.
  • Requires precise, careful work.
  • Be able to read, understand and follow written and spoken directions.
  • Be able to comprehend what is read.
  • Be able to spell correctly (patients’ names, medical terms, lab tests, diagnostic codes).
  • Be able to recall information from previous classes and experiences.
  • Multitask.
  • Think quickly on your feet.
  • Possess basic computer skills, as student Phlebotomists will use computer systems during the clinical rotation.
  • Have good hygiene.
  • Be of sound physical and mental health.

What Else Should I Consider about this Specialist Certificate?

  • Work on shifts, weekends and holidays.
  • Adapt to routine procedures.
  • Provide own transportation to and from your class AND your clinical rotation site.  Rotation sites are usually within 1 hour driving distance from a student’s home.

Nondiscrimination Statement

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:

Agriculture, National & Environmental Services /Architecture, Engineering, and Construction/Arts, Design, and Visual communications/Business, Management, and Marketing/Education, Public, and Human Services/Health Science/Hospitality and Culinary/Information Technology/Manufacturing/Transportation & Logistics

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in its programs, activities, employment practices, hiring practices or the provision of services, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age (in employment), disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status of a person. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law.

Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. ADA questions and concerns may be directed to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA  50023, phone 515/964-6857,  Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA  50023, phone 515/964-6574,  Question or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone 312/730-1560, tax 312/730-1576..

Legal references: Iowa Code §§ 216.6 and 216.9, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S. C. §§ 2000d and 2000e), the Equal Pay Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 206, et seq.), Title IX (Educational Amendments, 20 U.S. C. §§ 1681-1688), Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S. C. § 794), and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq.).(2017)

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