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: $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.

    CPT - October 22, 20235:00pm October 12, 2023
    CPT - November 17, 20235:00pm November 07, 2023
    CPT - January 12, 20245:00pm January 02, 2024
    CPT - December 10, 20235:00pm November 30, 2023

    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 2023/2024 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
    CPT 6317 June 03, 2023 July 16, 2023 Closed
    CPT 6318 July 22, 2023 September 03, 2023 Closed
    CPT 6319 September 09, 2023 October 22, 2023 Closed
    CPT 6320 October 28, 2023 December 10, 2023 Open
    STLCPT Wednesday/Friday Afternoon 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    CPT 6321 February 01, 2023 March 17, 2023 Closed
    CPT 6322 March 22, 2023 May 05, 2023 Closed
    CPT 6323 May 10, 2023 June 23, 2023 Closed
    CPT 6326 October 04, 2023 November 17, 2023 Open
    CPT 6327 November 29, 2023 January 12, 2024 Open
    STLPLB Monday/Wednesday Evenings 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    PLB 6294 June 26, 2023 August 02, 2023 Closed
    PLB 6295 August 07, 2023 September 18, 2023 Closed
    PLB 6296 September 25, 2023 November 01, 2023 Closed
    PLB 6297 November 06, 2023 December 13, 2023 Open
    PLB 6298 December 18, 2023 February 05, 2024 Open
    STLPLB Tuesday/Thursday Afternoon 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    PLB 6302 June 06, 2023 July 18, 2023 Closed
    PLB 6303 August 01, 2023 September 07, 2023 Closed
    PLB 6304 September 12, 2023 October 19, 2023 Closed
    PLB 6305 October 24, 2023 December 05, 2023 Open
    PLB 6306 December 12, 2023 January 18, 2024 Open
    STLPLB Wednesday/Friday Mornings 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    PLB 6310 May 31, 2023 July 07, 2023 Closed
    PLB 6311 July 12, 2023 August 18, 2023 Closed
    PLB 6312 August 30, 2023 October 06, 2023 Closed
    PLB 6313 October 18, 2023 November 24, 2023 Open
    PLB 6314 November 29, 2023 January 05, 2024 Open