Phlebotomy at a Glance

  • Starting salary: $24,000
  • Level of patient contact: Moderate
  • Length of Program: One semester
  • Program Location: Belleville Campus
  • Program starts: Fall and Spring semesters
  • Gain practical experience at local hospitals

Required to Enroll

After reviewing the information found on this page, students interested in the Phlebotomy program should contact Program Coordinator Jean Deitz.

Career Overview

Job Description


  • Collect and transport blood and other specimens
  • Effectively explain methods of specimen collection to patients
  • Monitor quality assurance in collection of blood specimens

Performance Essentials

To successfully complete the program and practice as a phlebotomist, students must be able to perform the essential functions of phlebotomy with or without reasonable accommodations. Students are encouraged to meet with the Disability & Access Center to discuss potential issues associated with meeting these requirements.

Career Resources

Visit the SWIC Career Activities and Employment Center for information on career exploration and mentoring.

The American Society for Clinical Pathology website provides career and licensure information.

The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook provides additional information regarding phlebotomy.

Career Opportunities

Phlebotomists are employed in a variety of settings including:

  • Physicians' offices
  • Hospital settings
  • Clinics
  • Independent laboratories

Career Outlook

Employment of clinical laboratory workers is expected to grow by 25 percent between 2014 and 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. The volume of laboratory tests continues to increase with both population growth and the development of new types of tests.

Frequently, employers desire a year of experience in addition to this phlebotomy certificate.


Starting Salary

The average starting salary is about $24,000 plus benefits, but varies depending on the type and location of health care facility.

Increased Salary

Greater income is generally earned when working on the second or third shifts.


Enrollment Requirements

The Southwestern Illinois College Phlebotomy program is open to anyone who is a high school graduate or has earned a high school equivalency certificate.

Students must complete the following requirements before beginning program courses:

1. Complete the SWIC Steps to Enrollment

Follow the SWIC Steps to Enrollment to begin program courses.

2. Complete the SWIC placement test

The SWIC placement test assesses skills in reading, writing and mathematics. Placement test results must qualify the student to enroll in ENG 101 or greater and MATH 94 or greater.

To schedule the SWIC placement test, call or visit the Testing Center at the Belleville Campus, 618-235-2700, ext. 5182; the Red Bud Campus 618-282-6682, ext. 8114; or the Sam Wolf Granite City Campus 618-931-0600, ext. 7337.  Requirements and recommendations to prepare you for the exam are located in the Testing Center.


3. Contact Program Coordinator Jean Deitz for permission to enroll.

To arrange a meeting with the program coordinator, call 618-235-2700, ext. 5386, or email

Course Sequence

The Southwestern Illinois College Phlebotomy certificate program provides training in phlebotomy, which is the practice of drawing blood from a person's veins for therapeutic or diagnostic measures.

Phlebotomy Certificate

Phlebotomy Certificate (021B) Course Sequence

This is a five-credit-hour certificate program which can be completed in one semester.

The phlebotomy curriculum includes basic phlebotomy procedures, at the college settings, followed by 120 hours of supervised clinical experience at a hospital.


Math placement above MATH 93 or completion of MATH 93 with a grade of “C” or better; Reading and writing placement at ENG 101 or completion of all reading and writing developmental requirements, HRO 100, CIS 120/CIS 125 each with a grade of “C” or better

Phlebotomy Courses

During the first six weeks of fall or spring semester, MLT 100: Introduction to Phlebotomy Procedures can be taken at the Belleville campus.

Clinical Education Experiences

MLT 242 is offered at area hospitals and clinical facilities during the last 10 weeks of the fall or spring semester. Students must complete 120 clinical hours during those 10 weeks. Students may be required to travel outside the college district and must have background checks and drug testing prior to starting clinical experience. Specific clinical placement cannot be guaranteed.

Prior to enrolling in MLT 100, students must have completed HRO 100, CIS 120/CIS 125 with a grade of "C" or better. After successfully completing MLT 100 with a "C" or better, the program coordinator will give permission for the student to register for MLT 242, the clinical course.

Program Overview

Program Capacity

Belleville Campus

The Phlebotomy program generally accepts 10 students at the Belleville campus each fall and spring semester.

Program Location

The Phlebotomy program consists of the phlebotomy course and the MLT clinical education experiences. Specific locations depend on the course type.


HRO 100 and CIS 120/125 courses are offered at the Belleville, Sam Wolf Granite City and Red Bud campuses.

Phlebotomy Courses

MLT 100: Introduction to Phlebotomy Procedures is offered at the Belleville campus.

Clinical Education Experiences

MLT 242 is offered at area hospitals and clinical facilities during the last 10 weeks of fall or spring semester. Students may be required to travel outside the college district and must have background checks and drug testing prior to starting clinical experience. Specific clinical placement cannot be guaranteed.

Program Cost

Phlebotomy Certificate program

For details, see the Phlebotomy Certificate cost sheet.

Financial assistance is available!

SWIC Foundation Office

The SWIC Foundation office offers over 200 scholarships based on residency, enrollment and GPA criteria.

Selsius Corporate and Career Training

Workforce Investment Act Funding may be available to qualified students. For more information, call 618-235-2700, ext. 5205.

Time Commitment

The program can be completed in one semester.

The MLT 100 course, Introduction to Phlebotomy Procedures, generally meets three days per week. Classes are six weeks in length and consist of two hours of lecture and six hours of lab each week.

The Phlebotomy clinical occurs in the last 10 weeks of the fall and spring semesters. Students are required to complete 120 hours of supervised clinical experience at the hospital setting. Hours are normally completed during the day, but occasional evening hours are available. Clinicals are scheduled Monday through Friday. Student placement in clinical facilities is dependent on availability of the clinical facilities. Students whose schedules allow completion of the full 120 hours in a three-week period will have priority for clinical placement. No student can complete less than 24 hours per week for clinical practicum.

More Details

Additional Requirements

The following criteria are required of students enrolled in the Phlebotomy program:

Auto and Health Insurance:

Students enrolling in all Health Sciences programs should be aware that some clinical facilities may require auto and/or health insurance. Malpractice insurance, when required, is provided by the college through the assessment of lab fees.

Medical Requirements:

Students qualifying for enrollment are recommended to have the Hepatitis B shot series, updated immunization record, current tuberculosis test and a flu shot prior to Phlebotomy clinicals during the second semester of the program. Specific requirements vary depending on the clinical site.

Background Check:

View background check and drug testing requirements. View a list of disqualifying convictions from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

 Work Requirements

ASCP Board of Certification Exam

Upon successful completion of the Phlebotomy curriculum, graduates are awarded a certificate in Phlebotomy and are eligible to take a registry examination from the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

Employment Requirements

Some states require phlebotomists to be licensed or registered in order to work.


For more information about this program, please contact:

Coordinator Jean Deitz

618-235-2700, ext. 5386

Coordinators' Assistant Candice Rodgers

618-235-2700, ext. 5355

Academic Advising/Counseling Center

618-235-2700, ext. 5206