Procedure for Entering the Phlebotomy Technician Program

Students new to Waubonsee:

All students:

  • Meet with Academic and Career Advising to establish a schedule for course requirements. Enrollment in Phlebotomy (PBT) courses is limited in order to provide the best possible educational experience for students.
  • Registration eligibility requires English course placement. Official high school/college transcripts, SAT, or ACT scores may qualify. Or Placement Testing is available. Contact your advisor or Learning Assessment and Testing Services for details.

Completing the Phlebotomy Technician Certificate of Achievement


The Phlebotomy Technician program is offered in a flexible format for full- or part-time students. PBT105 theory courses are offered every fall and spring semesters, PBT297 externship courses are offered fall through summer. For successful completion of the certificate, students must:

  • Receive a grade of C or better in all program requirements.
  • Maintain proper attendance in lecture and clinicals.
  • Understand and follow requirements and guidelines detailed in the Phlebotomy Technician Student Handbook (PDF).
  • Submit the following mandatory medical requirements prior to entering the PBT297 Externship (details provided by instructor during first week of PBT105):
    • Physician-signed medical clearance form
    • Documentation of current health insurance
    • Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers CPR Certification
    • Two-step tuberculosis skin test or QuantiFERON-TB Gold blood test
    • Proof of up-to-date immunizations including Influenza, Hep-B, TdAP, and COVID-19. NOTE: Student must be fully vaccinated prior to start of externship. No waivers or exceptions.
    • Illinois Background Check
    • Drug Screen

Program Costs

In addition to tuition and regular fees, the Phlebotomy Technician student has the following minimum fees and expenses:

Textbooks for PBT courses $100
BLS Certification $45
Uniform $50
Physical exam, immunizations,
TB testing
Per health care
Total Estimated Costs
(excluding medical requirements)


Students who successfully complete all requirements for the Phlebotomy Technician Program are eligible to take the national certification exam from the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP). Verification of training and program authenticity are required to apply for the exam. Applicants must submit the following to ASCP according to instructions:

  • Official high school transcripts
  • Office Waubonsee transcripts
  • ASCP Phlebotomy Technician Structured Program Documentation Form (Route 2).

Program faculty will work with students to complete the required forms to validate qualifications for the exam. Students must then create an ASCP account online to register for the exam. Contact for advising on certification requirements and examination.

Contacts and Questions

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General questions not addressed here or by an advisor can be directed to the Office of Health Professions and Public Service via: or (630) 870-3900.

Course specific questions should be directed to:
Lisa Giese, Instructor of Medical Assistant/Phlebotomy, at or (630) 870-3909.