Certified phlebotomists collect blood on all age groups for tests, transfusions, research, or blood donations. The duties include properly identifying and explaining the procedure to patients, preparing patients accordingly, utilizing infection control practices, withdrawing blood from the puncture site into the correct containers or tubes, attaching electronically printed labels to the containers, and delivering specimens to a laboratory. Being able to react if a patient has an adverse reaction is crucial. Performing computer entry of patient information is often required.
This program is offered in spring, summer and fall semesters. For detailed information consult the Continuing Education catalog.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of phlebotomists is projected to grow 25 percent from 2016 to 2026. Hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers, and other locations will need phlebotomists to perform bloodwork. The median annual wage for phlebotomists in Connecticut is $38,865.
Certified Phlebotomy Technician Program Description
This program is 120 hours of training, including classroom and a hands-on laboratory. Enrollment is limited to 15 students, accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Course content includes: basic aspects of medical terminology; anatomy and physiology; venipuncture; specimen collection procedures; safety and universal precautions; common laboratory tests with clinical significance to body systems and disease processes; and laboratory equipment. A grade of 75 or higher and a satisfactory on all lab evaluations is required for successful completion of the course. Students are then eligible to sit for the CPT National Certification exam that is administered at the college. An externship experience is offered at UConn Health Center or Bristol Hospital after students finish the program.
Please be advised that if you have been convicted of a felony, you may not be eligible for clinical experiences, internships, externships or certifications associated with certain allied health courses or programs. Those with previous convictions may also find it difficult to secure employment within a health care setting.
The Essential Job Skills & Career Development course is required to receive a certificate of completion for the Certified Phlebotomy Technician program.
Three-month course, 120 hours. Lectures are online; labs are held at the college; clinical externship is 24-40 hours depending on the site to which you are assigned.
Total cost for the Certified Phlebotomy Technician program is $2,642. Price is subject to change.
- Total cost includes tuition, administrative fee, books, uniforms, externship, Essential Job Skills course, and NHA CPT examination fee.
- Not included in total cost: optional externship, fee: $285.
- WIOA and CT SNAP approved. Payment plan available.
- SNAP scholarships available for qualified applicants, call the SNAP info line for details: 860.773.1770.
- Submit the Certified Phlebotomy Technician Program registration and requirements forms. A health form will be due two weeks after the course begins.
- Must be 18 years old, with a high school diploma or GED recommended
Additional Requirements for Completion
- Successful completion of the Essential Job Skills & Career Development Course
Students who have successfully completed the Certified Phlebotomy Technician Program are eligible to receive college credit through the Connecticut Credit Assessment Program administered by Charter Oak State College.
Credits may be used at Charter Oak State College or transferred to another school by setting up a credit registry with Charter Oak (Any transfer credit is at the discretion of the institution).
For more information, visit: Charter Oak’s Credit Registry site
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Complete the forms in the registration packet and email to
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Register in the Continuing Education office
Monday - Friday: 10am-6pm
Register by Fax
Complete the forms in the registration packet and fax to 860.606.9732.
Register by Mail
Registration and payment information must reach us at least one week prior to the start of the course. Registration forms must be completed in full. Make checks/money orders out to Tunxis Community College.
Tunxis Community College
Continuing Education Office
271 Scott Swamp Road
Farmington, CT 06032
Program Coordinator: Shaina Hamel
STUDENTS: The Community Colleges are undergoing a merger with a plan to become Connecticut State Community College in fall 2023; please work closely with your advisor/program coordinator to select your courses accordingly. Get more details about this merger.