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Program Overview

Phlebotomy, Occupational Certificate (O.C.)

The Phlebotomy Certificate is a 5.5 vocational credit, 165 clock-hour occupational certificate that can be obtained in one semester. The Phlebotomy Certificate prepares a student for employment as a phlebotomist. A phlebotomist obtains blood by venipuncture or skin puncture and is an integral part of a clinical laboratory.

Review the guided degree pathway where you will find a detailed plan for your courses and other requirements each semester that prepare you for graduation and your transfer goals.


Florida Gateway College (Main Campus)

Testing Entrance Requirements

Students must meet all college entrance requirements and pass the Level II Background screen and the10 panel Drug/Alcohol Screen.


Tuesday and Thursday 3:30 PM – 8:30 PM. This course is a combination of classroom and clinical hours, scheduled over a 16-week period. This program is normally offered during the fall and spring semesters, two evenings a week. *Clinicals are required for this occupational certificate. Clinicals may not follow regular college schedules, and assignments may include weekdays, evenings, or weekends.


  • Tuition: $466.90
  • Lab Fees: $82
  • Additional fees for books, materials, uniforms, supplies, drug screen, background check, and insurance: $1,042.35
  • Total: $1,509.25 


Completion Rate


Semester Program


enrolled ’20-’21

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Careers at a Glance

Starting Salaries

The average Phlebotomist salary in Florida is $33,074, but the range typically falls between $29,789 and $36,939. Phlebotomists earn an average hourly wage of $15.23. Salaries typically start from $11.52 per hour and go up to $19.82 per hour. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on the city and many other important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years spent in your profession.

Employment Opportunities

Career opportunities as a Phlebotomist are mainly in a laboratory, hospital, or blood bank.

Employers of FGC Graduates

  • North Florida Regional Medical Center 
  • Lake City Medical Center
  • Lake City Veterans Affairs Medical Center 
  • Malcom Randall VA Medical Center 
  • Laboratory Corporation of American Holdings (Lab Corp)  
  • Quest Diagnostics  
  • OneBlood Blood Bank
  • Life South Blood Bank

Program Details

Admission Requirements
  • Complete a Florida Gateway College application.
  • Complete the Phlebotomy Application and return it to Nursing and Health Sciences, Building 103.
Program Notes
  • Courses normally offered during the fall term each year
  • This program offers students:
    • Low student to faculty ratio
    • Hands-on learning environment 
  • A student who completes the occupational certificate is eligible to take the national certification examination through the National Healthcare Association.
Program Guide & Syllabi

HSC 0003 Basic Healthcare Worker – 90 contact hours or 3 vocational credits. This course must be taken prior to or concurrently with MEA 0520. This course is offered in the fall term.

MEA 0520 Phlebotomy – 75 contact hours or 2.5 vocational hours. This course is offered in the fall term.

HSC 0003 BASIC HEALTHCARE WORKER – An introductory course to health occupations and the health care delivery system. This course meets the Department of Education requirement of 90 contact hours. Overview of the following principles are included: interpersonal and communication skills, legal and ethical responsibilities, wellness and illness concepts, safety and security procedures, the response in emergency situations, infection control procedures, computer literacy skills, employability skills, and blood-borne disease precautions, including AIDS, CPR certification.

MEA 0520C PHLEBOTOMY – This course prepares students for employment in the phlebotomy field. Phlebotomists obtain blood by venipuncture or skin puncture and are an integral part of the clinical laboratory. Topics include techniques of withdrawing venous blood, maintaining sterility, and storage techniques.

Prior to starting Phlebotomy course:

  1. Prospective students who have completed the steps above will be required to complete the clinical eligibility requirements listed in the Phlebotomy application booklet.
  2. To meet clinical agency requirements for clinical experience, all students in the Nursing and Health Sciences Programs must meet state and federal regulations as described by Florida Statutes S. 400.211. A Level II background check and drug/alcohol screening are required. Further instructions regarding the background and 10-panel drug/alcohol screen are provided on the first day of the course. Please note that random screening may be required while in the program. Students are responsible for the cost of all screening done for admission and randomly during the program.
  3. Additional costs are required when admitted to this program, including costs of uniforms, clinic shoes, liability insurance, health insurance, medical exam, standardized testing, graduation costs, immunizations, Level II background check, 10-panel drug/alcohol screening, books, and licensing fees. 
Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to demonstrate the skills and knowledge necessary to perform safe and accurate phlebotomy techniques in a healthcare setting.

Book List & Materials
  • Simmers, L., Simmers-Nartker, K., Simmers-Kobelak, S., Fuller, J.
    (2022). Simmers DHO Health Science (9th ed.).
    Clifton Park, NY: Delmar Cengage learning.
  • Workbook to Accompany
    Simmers, L., Simmers-Nartker, K., Simmers-Kobelak, S., Fuller,J.
    (2022). Simmers DHO Health Science (9th ed.).
    Clifton Park, NY: Delmar Cengage learning.
  • American Heart Association-CPR for Healthcare Providers
  • McCall, R. Phlebotomy Essentials, (7th ed.) Burlington, MA: Wolters Kluwer,
  • Required: Clinical Uniform, Watch with second hand; Preferred: Stethoscope and blood pressure cuff