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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


    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: $75
    • Textbook Fee: $25
    • 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.

    CPT - September 03, 20212:00pm August 26, 2021
    CPT - October 01, 20212:00pm September 23, 2021
    CPT - November 13, 20203:00pm November 05, 2020
    CPT - November 05, 20212:00pm October 28, 2021
    CPT - May 07, 20212:00pm April 29, 2021
    CPT - March 05, 20212:00pm February 25, 2021
    CPT - June 04, 20212:00pm May 27, 2021
    CPT - July 02, 20212:00pm June 24, 2021
    CPT - January 08, 20212:00pm December 31, 2020
    CPT - February 05, 20212:00pm January 28, 2021
    CPT - December 11, 20203:00pm December 03, 2020
    CPT - December 03, 20212:00pm November 25, 2021
    CPT - August 06, 20212:00pm July 29, 2021
    CPT - April 02, 20212:00pm March 25, 2021

    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 $350 $100 $225
    Week 2 $70 $120 $0
    Week 3 $70 $120 $225
    Week 4 $70 $120 $0
    Week 5 $70 $120 $250
    Week 6 $70 $120 $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 (data retrieved September 11, 2016).

    Upcoming 2020/2021 7 Week Phlebotomy Schedule

    Classes meet twice a week for 6 weeks.

    STLPLB Monday/Wednesday Evenings 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    PLB4172 November 02, 2020 December 14, 2020 Closed
    PLB4173 December 21, 2020 February 01, 2021 Closed
    PLB4965 February 08, 2021 March 17, 2021 Open
    PLB4966 March 22, 2021 April 28, 2021 Open
    PLB4967 May 03, 2021 June 14, 2021 Open
    PLB4968 June 21, 2021 July 28, 2021 Open
    PLB4969 August 02, 2021 September 13, 2021 Open
    PLB4970 September 20, 2021 October 27, 2021 Open
    PLB4971 November 01, 2021 December 13, 2021 Open
    PLB4972 December 20, 2021 January 26, 2022 Open
    STLPLB Tuesday/Thursday Afternoon 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    PLB4180 October 20, 2020 December 01, 2020 Closed
    PLB4181 December 08, 2020 January 21, 2021 Closed
    PLB4973 January 26, 2021 March 04, 2021 Open
    PLB4974 March 09, 2021 April 15, 2021 Open
    PLB4975 April 27, 2021 June 03, 2021 Open
    PLB4976 June 08, 2021 July 15, 2021 Open
    PLB4977 July 20, 2021 August 26, 2021 Open
    PLB4978 September 07, 2021 October 14, 2021 Open
    PLB4979 October 19, 2021 November 30, 2021 Open
    PLB4980 December 07, 2021 January 13, 2022 Open
    STLPLB Wednesday/Friday Mornings 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    PLB4188 October 07, 2020 November 13, 2020 Closed
    PLB4189 November 25, 2020 January 08, 2021 Closed
    PLB4981 January 13, 2021 February 19, 2021 Open
    PLB4982 February 24, 2021 April 02, 2021 Open
    PLB4983 April 07, 2021 May 14, 2021 Open
    PLB4984 May 26, 2021 July 02, 2021 Open
    PLB4985 July 07, 2021 August 13, 2021 Open
    PLB4986 August 25, 2021 October 01, 2021 Open
    PLB4987 October 06, 2021 November 12, 2021 Open
    PLB4988 November 17, 2021 December 31, 2021 Open