Frequently Asked Questions

Due to classes running continuously, we meet prospective students by appointment only during our hours of Monday - Thursday 9am - 5pm and Fridays 9am - 1pm. To make an appointment, please contact our Admissions Coordinator, at (314) 881-8346 or by email at
The Certified Phlebotomy Technician program (CPT) through NHA is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). NHA has been approved by the state of California to offer national certification in Phlebotomy, thus qualifying applicants to apply for their state licensure. Therefore, this certification is transferable to all states within the United States. The cost to sit for the exam is $117 plus applicable taxes, and there is an option to spend $40-$56 on the recommended NHA study guide. The exam is taken at the St. Louis School of Phlebotomy and our staff will publicize dates available to sit for the exam. You will need to check your eligibility and register by going to and paying for your exam through their site.
The easiest way to register for a class is using the online registration form and payment portal. You are also welcome to come into the school and register in the admission office or to mail a paper form to the school. Registration payments are required to hold your seat on the roster for the class of your choice, and can be paid online, or in person using cash, check, money order, or credit/debit. Students may also mail registration fees to the school using check or money order, although your seat cannot be guaranteed until the payment is received. Registration fees are nonrefundable after 3 business days.
While STLSP's programs are too low-cost to qualify for Federal Financial Aid, there are payment options available to students. All students are eligible to use payment plans, which break up the cost of tuition and fees over the time the student is enrolled, at no additional cost. More information about each program's payment plan can be found in the Courses section of the website. Many students are eligible for state, local, or third-party aid and are responsible for securing this funding prior to enrolling if they wish to utilize it. STLSP will work with these paying agencies to the extent possible within the paying agency's regulations.
If you are in an externship program, and depending on where your clinical assignment is located, you may be required to complete a background check, health physical, current TB test, or other requirements. All fees associated are extra costs to the student. Most of our clinical placements only require a TB test that can be done at any local clinic. The school estimates that additional costs to externship students will be between $20-$100, depending on which site you are assigned to and what documentation you already possess. Each student is required to bring a copy of their High School Diploma, GED or High School transcript to the first day of class. If you are unable to bring this, there is an option to have the school request your transcripts which is a cost of $20.
STLSP is located in University City just South of Olive Blvd. and North of the Delmar Loop. Public transit stops: Vernon at Kingsland bus stop in front of the school, or a 1-mile walk from the Wellstone metro station.
The cost of all required supplies is included in the cost of the programs at STLSP, so you will not need to purchase any supplies to utilize in class. We encourage you to purchase a pair of scrubs if you do not already own a pair. If your program has an externship, you will need scrubs for your final exam. Most externship sites will also require you to purchase a lab coat. These requirements will be discussed further in class once your externship is assigned to you.
While you are on campus at STLSP, there is no required dress code as long as you are wearing lab-appropriate clothes. We ask that long hair is pulled back away from the face and closed toed shoes are worn. If you are in a program where phlebotomy is practiced, sleeves should be able to expose the bend of the arm easily. Scrubs are encouraged, but not required in the programs. If you are attending a clinical externship, you will be required to wear clinical externships on the last day of class during final skills assessments and to the entirety of your externship. Any color and style is fine, as long as the scrubs are clean and professional. Some externship sites will require a lab coat in addition to scrubs.
In the Phlebotomy, Accelerated Phlebotomy, and EKG Technician programs at STLSP, you will be ready to work in the field with just the certificate issued by the school since certification is not required to practice in these professions. If you would like to become certified, all of our graduates are eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association's certification exam in their field upon program completion. For Phlebotomy and Accelerated Phlebotomy, this is the Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) and for the EKG Technician program, it is the Certified EKG Technician (CET). STLSP holds these certification exam dates at least once a month and the advising office can assist you in registering if you elect to become certified. In the Clinical Medical Assisting program, the cost of certification as a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) is included in the program and students sit for the exam on the last day of class. As a medical assistant, certification is expected by the majority of employers, so STLSP requires that students both take and pass this exam before successfully completing the Clinical Medical Assisting program. Although it is rare for a STLSP student to fail this exam, retakes at the cost of the student are allowed within NHA retake guidelines and your certificate will be issued once a passing score is achieved.