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7-Week Phlebotomy

  • Next Start date: Revolving
  • Duration: 7 Weeks
  • Level: Beginner
  • Location: On-Site, Externship Location

All of our phlebotomy training classes are comprehensive and emphasizes a “hands-on” method – each student will draw blood at least once in every class. These draws will be performed with supervision on other class members. Our instructors will guide you as you learn a variety of phlebotomy techniques. In addition, you will learn the “tricks of the trade” that will help with special patients and difficult draws.

Our Phlebotomy Program provides the student with skills and training in order to succeed as a phlebotomist. This course contains 6-weeks of lecture, discussion, and practical instruction in the lab, followed by a 40-hour clinical externship at a local patient service center, hospital or clinic. The hours of the externship are site-specific but are usually done over the space of one week, Monday through Friday. This is a larger time commitment but the externship is a valuable clinical experience. Please contact our office if you have any questions about course requirements or time commitments.

Our experienced instructors will guide you as you learn a variety of blood drawing techniques, safety standards, basic anatomy and physiology, and other areas such as:

Phlebotomy program content includes:

  • HIPAA and Patient's Rights
  • Universal Precautions and Safety
  • Venipuncture with Vacutainers, Butterflies and Syringes
  • Finger and Heel Sticks
  • Blood and Blood Components
  • Medical Laboratory Terminology
  • Test Tubes – Uses, Additives and Order of Draw
  • Professionalism
  • Special Procedures - Bleeding Times, Blood Cultures, Glucose Tolerance Testing
  • Difficult Draws – Tricks of the Trade

  • Phlebotomy Program Admissions Requirements:
  • 18 Years of Age or Older
  • High School Diploma, GED, or International High School Diploma Equivalency

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    The 7-Week phlebotomy program consists of the four following parts:

    Lecture Skills Lab Assessments Clinical Externship
    Two sessions per week for 6-weeks. Each session is 4 hours and features about 2 hours of lecture each session. Introduction to the lab with hands-on skills and live venipunctures. 4 quizzes based on chapter material are required and given throughout the program. After completion of the 6-week on-site portion, a 1-week clinical externship will be assigned.
    Material is presented by a qualified and state approved instructor. Mechanics of equipment and specimen handling are taught alongside techniques of venipuncture. A comprehensive multiple-choice final examination is given prior to externship. Students must complete all 40 clinical externship hours to be awarded your certificate. A booklet is provided for assessment and hours logging.
    A book is provided to you for reference during and after the program. A focus on professionalism and patient care prepares students for the real-world setting. Final skills evaluation on venipuncture technique and professionalism is performed prior to externship. Various factors are considered in externship placement, including progress in the program, payment compliance, attendance, and student preference.

    The following is the break-down for tuition and fees for the Phlebotomy program.

    • Registration Fee: $50
    • Tuition: $500
    • Laboratory Fee: $150
    • Books and Supplies: $100
    • Externship Fee: $100
    Registration fee is due to hold your seat in the program and is nonrefundable after 3 business days

    Externships are performed at clinical facilities which have agreed to partner with STLSP to provide students with the opportunity to not only fulfill the required clinical hours, but to interact with patients and other healthcare professionals in a real-world clinical environment where skills are put in context. This placement is completely coordinated by STLSP's externship coordinator and students are assigned to sites based on a number of factors, including attendance, payment compliance, progress in the program, and student preference. Students should plan on having a full week of availability the two weeks immediately following the end date of the class in order to attend externship, which is performed Monday through Friday during the operational hours of the clinical site, which typically fall somewhere between 6am to 6pm.

    Externship placements are throughout the greater St. Louis area and the states of Missouri and Illinois. The requirements of each clinical facility vary but typically include a TB test, drug screen, criminal background check showing no crimial history, while others may also have additional requirements such as a lab coat, health assessment, immunization records, or other records.

    The St. Louis School of Phlebotomy is approved to operate by the Missouri Department of Higher Education. Students who have successfully completed the Phlebotomy Program will be given the option to sit for an accredited national examination through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) to become a Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT). This is optional and employment is not contingent upon successful completion, although it may make an individual more competitive in the job market.

    TESTING DATEEXAM TIMEREG. CLOSES
    CPT EXAM - September 15, 20241pm September 05, 2024
    CPT EXAM - November 03, 20241pm October 24, 2024
    CPT EXAM - May 31, 20241pm May 21, 2024
    CPT EXAM - June 02, 20241pm May 23, 2024
    CPT EXAM - July 21, 20241pm July 11, 2024
    CPT EXAM - December 29, 20241pm December 19, 2024
    CPT EXAM - December 20, 20241pm December 10, 2024
    CPT EXAM - August 09, 20241pm July 30, 2024

    Payment plans are available to divide the cost of the program over the time you are enrolled. These plans are provided at no additional cost and available to all students. You can choose one of the three payment plans listed below to pay for your enrollment in the Phlebotomy program at STLSP:

    Plan A Plan B Plan C
    Registration Fee $50 at Registration $50 at Registration $50 at Registration
    Week 1 $425 $150 $300
    Week 2 $85 $140 $0
    Week 3 $85 $140 $300
    Week 4 $85 $140 $0
    Week 5 $85 $140 $250
    Week 6 $85 $140 $0

    One of the major factors to consider when pursuing education in any field is the what the hiring market looks like for students after graduation. While no school can guarantee that graduates will find a job, STLSP is committed to providing career assistance services that will guide the student through the job application process.

    Quick Facts Phlebotomists
    2015 Median Pay $31,630 per year ($15.21 per hour)
    Typical Entry-Level Education Postsecondary nondegree award
    Work Experience Required in a Related Occupation None
    Additional On-the-job Training Required None
    Number of Jobs (2014) 112,700
    Job Outlook (2014-2024) 25% (Much faster than average)
    Employment Change (2014-2024) 28,100

    Data Table From: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Phlebotomists, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/phlebotomists.htm (data retrieved September 11, 2016).

    Upcoming 2024/2025 7 Week Phlebotomy Schedule

    PLB classes meet twice a week for 6 weeks / CPT classes meet twice a week for 7 weeks and DO NOT have an externship week.

    STLCPT Saturday/Sunday Afternoon 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    CLASS/IDSTART DATEEND DATESEATS
    CPT 7579 January 06, 2024 February 18, 2024 Closed
    CPT 7580 February 24, 2024 April 13, 2024 Closed
    CPT 7581 April 20, 2024 June 02, 2024 Closed
    CPT 7582 June 08, 2024 July 21, 2024 Open
    CPT 7583 August 03, 2024 September 15, 2024 Open
    CPT 7584 September 21, 2024 November 03, 2024 Open
    CPT 7585 November 16, 2024 December 29, 2024 Open
    STLCPT Wednesday/Friday Afternoon 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    CLASS/IDSTART DATEEND DATESEATS
    CPT 6327 November 29, 2023 January 12, 2024 Closed
    CPT 7586 February 07, 2024 March 22, 2024 Closed
    CPT 7587 April 17, 2024 May 31, 2024 Closed
    CPT 7588 June 26, 2024 August 09, 2024 Open
    CPT 7589 November 06, 2024 December 20, 2024 Open
    STLPLB Monday/Wednesday Evenings 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    CLASS/IDSTART DATEEND DATESEATS
    PLB 7555 February 12, 2024 March 20, 2024 Closed
    PLB 7556 March 25, 2024 May 01, 2024 Closed
    PLB 7557 May 06, 2024 June 17, 2024 Closed
    PLB 7558 June 24, 2024 July 31, 2024 Open
    PLB 7559 August 05, 2024 September 16, 2024 Open
    PLB 7560 September 23, 2024 October 30, 2024 Open
    PLB 7561 November 04, 2024 December 11, 2024 Open
    PLB 7562 December 16, 2024 February 03, 2025 Open
    STLPLB Tuesday/Thursday Afternoon 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    CLASS/IDSTART DATEEND DATESEATS
    PLB 7563 January 23, 2024 February 29, 2024 Closed
    PLB 7564 March 05, 2024 April 11, 2024 Closed
    PLB 7565 April 16, 2024 May 23, 2024 Closed
    PLB 7566 May 28, 2024 July 09, 2024 Open
    PLB 7567 July 16, 2024 August 22, 2024 Open
    PLB 7568 August 27, 2024 October 03, 2024 Open
    PLB 7569 October 22, 2024 December 03, 2024 Open
    PLB 7570 December 10, 2024 January 23, 2025 Open
    STLPLB Wednesday/Friday Mornings 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    CLASS/IDSTART DATEEND DATESEATS
    PLB 7572 February 21, 2024 March 29, 2024 Closed
    PLB 7573 April 03, 2024 May 10, 2024 Closed
    PLB 7574 May 15, 2024 June 26, 2024 Closed
    PLB 7575 July 10, 2024 August 16, 2024 Open
    PLB 7576 August 21, 2024 September 27, 2024 Open
    PLB 7577 October 02, 2024 November 08, 2024 Open
    PLB 7578 November 20, 2024 January 03, 2025 Open
    ST. LOUIS SCHOOL OF PHLEBOTOMY
    2021