This course will prepare the student to become a certified phlebotomy technician, who will work in a clinical laboratory environment and healthcare setting. Students will acquire understand the knowledge to work in clinical medical labs and pass the AMCA certification exam as a phlebotomy technician. The course will give the basic understanding of all CLIA guidelines for collecting and handling a variety of blood and tissues samples to process in-house or outside labs. Course focuses on topics of basic anatomy and medical terminology, infection control, and procedures necessary to appropriately collect laboratory specimens and communicate with patients, HIPPA and Legal Issues in the healthcare. In this 8-week non-credit certificate of completion course, skill development in the performance of a variety of blood collection methods using proper techniques and standard precautions. Includes vacuum collection devices, syringes, capillary skin puncture, butterfly needles and blood culture, and specimen collection on adults, children, and infants. Emphasis on infection prevention, patient identification, specimen labeling, quality assurance, specimen handling, processing, accessioning, professionalism, ethics, and medical terminology. (Total 108 hours)

Course fee: Course includes consumable supplies, NHA study materials, name tag and certificate of completion.

            $1,415 without certification exam

            $1,532 with exam

Financial assistance: Students with a need for financial assistance may contact Sallie Mae for a student loan. There is also a parent-initiated loan option available with Sallie Mae. We are listed as CTCD-Continuing Education on the Sallie Mae site, school code 00400398. Sallie Mae includes 4 months of free Chegg® study help - a $100 value. Students who qualify may use MyCAA benefits. Contact MyCAA to see if you qualify. 

Certification: This course prepares the student to take the Phlebotomy Technician (AMCA) certification exam offered through National Healthcareer Association.

Schedule: Classes are held at the CTC central campus in Killeen and are taught at an accelerated pace. Schedules may vary when taught in the college service area.

Program requirements: 

Students must be at least 18 years of age at the time of enrollment. Students need competency in basic computer operations and will be required to have access to the internet, printing capabilities and an email address. Application packets must include:

  • High school diploma/transcript or G.E.D or official transcripts of higher education.
  • Proof of completion of CPR for the Healthcare Provider course that is good for the life of the program.
  • Negative state criminal background check:
  • A completed physical examination using the CTC Continuing Education form.
  • Proof of current immunizations including tetanus/diphtheria (every 10 years), polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B series, PPD (must be completed within the 90-day period immediately prior or the program start date), varicella (a written statement from a physician, the student’s parent or guardian or school nurse supporting a history of varicella is acceptable) and influenza.
  • 11-panel drug screen must be completed within 7 days of clinical start date.

To view a comprehensive description of Continuing Education's Pharmacy Technician Program, see our Program Summary. For additional information or to register for the program, contact us at 254-526-1586.