Where Can I Find Phlebotomy Classes in Michigan?

Learn about phlebotomy classes in Michigan. Get information about programs available and requirements to make an informed decision about your education. Schools offering Clinical Laboratory Science degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

There are some competitive phlebotomist programs offered by Michigan community colleges. These programs can take roughly four months to about a year to complete. In additional to classroom lecture and lab sessions, you may complete an internship or externship. Admission requirements include prerequisite courses, proof of immunizations, CPR certification and a background check. Graduates are qualified to sit for voluntary certification exams. Read on to see if one of these programs is right for you.


Phlebotomy Certificate Programs in Michigan

Glen Oaks Community College

  • Program Name: Phlebotomy Technician Certificate
  • Program Length: 24-28 credits full-time
  • Tuition: $90 per contact hour for in-district (St. Joseph County) residents; $138 per contact hour for service area residents; $176 per contact hour for out-of-district residents (fall 2012)
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 1,000 students (all undergraduates)
  • Address: 62249 Shimmel Rd., Centreville MI 49032
  • Phone: 269-467-9945 or 1-888-994-7818

Located in the center of St. Joseph County, this school offers a training certificate to help you get started on your way to a career as a phlebotomist. Some of the courses included in this program are medical terminology, medical office lab and disease conditions. You also study technical or business communications, physiology and anatomy. Additionally, after all course work has been completed, you'll take part in a 15-week, 100-hour unpaid externship in a hospital or medical office lab. Upon finishing the externship, you'll be ready to apply to sit for the Phlebotomy Technician (PBT) exam.

North Central Michigan College

  • Program Name: Certificate of Development Phlebotomy Technician
  • Program Length: 16-17 credits full-time
  • Tuition: $77.50 per contact hour for Emmet County residents; $128 per contact hour for in-state residents; $165 per contact hour for out-of-state residents (2012-2013)
  • Prerequisites: Courses in human biology or body systems and diseases, interpersonal communication and medical terminology
  • Admission Requirements: Transcripts, immunizations, CPR certification, medical history and criminal background check
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 3,000 students (all undergraduates)
  • Address: 1515 Howard St., Petoskey, MI 49770
  • Phone: 231-348-6602

North Central Michigan College offers a competitive phlebotomy program that only accepts 12 students each academic year. Admission is based on both academic and non-academic criteria, and membership in the Waganakising Odawa Career and Technical Education Program is also taken into consideration. After completing the prerequisite courses, you must take two courses in phlebotomy and one course in customer service, employability skills, skills for professional development or Anishinaabek Culture. The first phlebotomy course covers infection, safety, quality control, venipuncture and capillary or dermal puncture techniques as well as professional conduct and specimen transport. The second phlebotomy course is a clinical in which you apply procedures learned in the first phlebotomy course to a lab setting.

Oakland Community College

  • Program Name: Certificate of Achievement in Phlebotomy
  • Program Length: 3.75 months full-time
  • Tuition: $71 per credit hour for college district residents; $125 per credit hour for non-residents of college district; $176 per credit hour for out-of-state residents (fall 2012)
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 29,000 students (all undergraduates)
  • Address: 2480 Opdyke Rd., Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
  • Phone: 248-341-2000

Oakland Community College is the largest community college in the state of Michigan. For the phlebotomy program, you're required to complete four courses to earn the certificate, and the program may be completed in just under four months. The phlebotomy course teaches precautions, specimen handling and proper technique. You also must complete a course in lab procedures for medical assisting. In this course, you acquire practical experience in handling and collecting specimens. Courses in medical law and ethics as well as terminology are also part of the program.

Schoolcraft College

  • Program Name: Phlebotomy Skills Certificate
  • Program Length: Twelve months full-time
  • Tuition: $87 per credit hour for residents (within college district); $127 per credit hour for non-residents (outside college district); $188 per credit hour for out-of-state residents (fall 2012)
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 13,000 students (all undergraduates)
  • Address: 18600 Haggerty Rd., Livonia, MI 48152
  • Phone: 734-462-4426

The Phlebotomy Skills Certificate offered at Schoolcraft College is part of the medical assisting program. You take courses in physiology, anatomy, computer orientation and medical terminology. In the second semester, you take a phlebotomy course and a course dealing with procedures in medical offices. This is a 16-credit program that's intended to be completed in about a year.


Career Information for Phlebotomists in Michigan

A phlebotomist is a medical laboratory technician who collects blood samples that are analyzed by doctors and scientists. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) places phlebotomists in the category of clinical and medical laboratory technicians. In the State of Michigan, phlebotomists aren't required to obtain a license. However, voluntary certifications are available in the field of phlebotomy, and, according to the BLS, employers typically prefer to hire certified phlebotomists.

Salary and Employment Outlook for Phlebotomists

The BLS expected jobs for medical lab technicians (including phlebotomists) to increase 15% between 2010 and 2020. Approximately 7,000 clinical and medical lab technicians were employed in the state of Michigan as of May 2011, according to the BLS. They made a mean annual wage of $34,500.

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