Phlebotomy
The Phlebotomy curriculum prepares students to perform skin and venipunctures, to obtain laboratory specimens, and to function as a member of a medical laboratory team.

The program curriculum includes a one-quarter lab practicum (PHLE 197) that gives students actual practice working in a health care facility.

A department certificate is awarded to those who successfully complete the program requirements. Graduates are also eligible to apply for certification through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAA-CLS) by formal examination offered on a biannual basis. Prior to the exam, a review course is offered at Clark to graduates of the program.

Application Process

The Phlebotomy Program is a two-quarter clinical program with preliminary requirements that must be completed before program entry. Admission to the program is outlined in two stages: preliminary requirements and final program admission.

Disability Statement for Health Occupations

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, accommodations for students with disabilities will be considered at the student's request. The student may need to provide documentation of disability to the Disability Support Services Office to support his/her accommodation requests. Documentation guidelines and procedures can be found at www.clark.edu/dss. Once the student is qualified by DSS as having a disability, requested accommodations will be considered. Accommodations for the classroom, laboratory, or clinical setting will be evaluated according to reasonableness. Accommodations that compromise patient care, or that fundamentally alter the essential functions of the program or activity, are not considered to be reasonable.
Phlebotomy (CA)

Candidates must:


  • Complete the Clark College Application for Admission and the Phlebotomy Application. Return to the Clark College Welcome Center with the non-refundable program application fees (subject to change). For current fee amounts, please visit the Phlebotomy website at www.clark.edu/phlebotomy. Date of Phlebotomy Application (fee paid date) will be considered in selecting students for entry into the program.

  • Submit official college transcripts if you have transfer credits you wish to apply to the program. Students who do not plan to apply transfer credits toward the program are not required to submit official transcripts.

  • Take the Clark College Compass Test to determine writing and reading levels. Call 360-992-2588 for Assessment Center hours.

  • Obtain a minimum Clark College cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above.

  • Complete Preliminary Requirements with a 2.0 or higher

The most recent educational experience will be used to meet these criteria. Applicants are responsible for requesting that college transcripts be sent to Clark College.

Final Program Admission


Upon completion of preliminary requirements, an evaluation will be completed, and the applicant will be notified by the Credential Evaluations Office of additional procedures necessary for program consideration. Application (fee paid) date is used in ranking students for selection, so it is beneficial to apply early.

Program Progression


To successfully complete the Phlebotomy program, keep in mind the following:
  • Students may be included in selection 3 times, after which their file becomes inactive.

  • All students must successfully complete PHLE 115/115L with a grade "C" or better as well as the required venipunctures and lab hours to progress into the clinical portion of the program.

  • If a student is unable to continue with the clinical portion immediately following PHLE 115/115L, they must reapply to begin again with the next available cohort (and retake PHLE 115/115L). Students who wish to be considered for their second opportunity must notify the Credential Evaluations office in writing (letter or email). Students will be accepted on a space-available basis.

  • PHLE 115/115L may be repeated one time only.

General Information


Selection criteria are subject to change. For complete updated information, please refer to the application materials, available online at www.clark.edu/phlebotomy.
Preliminary Requirements
BMED 110
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY I *
3 cr.
ENGL 098
WRITING FUNDAMENTALS
5 cr.
or COMPASS score of 78 or higher
FACPR032
FIRST AID AND HEALTH CARE PROVIDER CPR
1 cr.
HEOC 104
HEALTH CARE DELIVERY & CAREER EXPLORATION
3 cr.
HEOC 120
AIDS EDUCATION
1 cr.
READ 087
CRITICAL READING
4 cr.
or COMPASS score of 74 or higher
HEOC 100
BASIC CONCEPTS OF ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY *
4 cr.
or BIOL 164
HUMAN BIOLOGY *
4 cr.
and BIOL 165
HUMAN BIOLOGY LAB
1 cr.
Program Requirements
BMED 111
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY II *
3 cr.
BMED 138
LEGAL ASPECTS OF THE MEDICAL OFFICE
2 cr.
CMST&210
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
PHLE 115
PHLEBOTOMY EDUCATION W/LAB
3 cr.
PHLE 116
BASIC LABORATORY FOR THE PHLEBOTOMIST
3 cr.
PHLE 197
PHLEBOTOMY CLINICAL EXPERIENCE
5 cr.
PHLE 198
PHLEBOTOMY CLINICAL SEMINAR
1 cr.
Recommended Additional Coursework
BMED 103
MATH FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS
3 cr.
Total Required Credits: 34-44
* Course must be seven years current upon program entry.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Communicate effectively, correctly, and professionally, using verbal, non-verbal, and written language with patients, colleagues, the public, diverse populations, and other healthcare providers.
  • Conduct self in an ethical and professional manner to support colleagues and associates in providing quality patient care.
  • Apply safety and infection-control standards in the health care environment to maintain a safe and clean environment for patients and self.
  • Identify the human conditions that require different methodology of sample collection.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the "order of draw," collection equipment and their specific uses, precautions associated with the equipment, and where to correctly deliver and properly store each specimen in order to maintain its quality, potency, and purity within the clinical laboratory.
Phlebotomy/Nursing Assistant (CP)
The Phlebotomy with Nursing Assistant Certified (NAC) Certificate of Achievement is a combination of the Phlebotomy Certificate of Achievement and the Nursing Assistant program of study offered at Clark College. The certificate program provides students with training in phlebotomy, skin and venipunctures, and how to obtain laboratory specimens, as well as basic functions of a nursing assistant, basic nursing care, safety, and emergency nursing procedures. The program offers a blend between classroom instruction, to include the six-course healthcare core curriculum, and on-site clinical experiences in both phlebotomy and nursing assistant. Upon completion of the Certificate of Achievement at Clark College, students are eligible to apply for two separate certifications: a national phlebotomy certification through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAA-CLS), and the state certification for nursing assistants.


Note: Students must apply to Phlebotomy and NAC programs separately. Please see entrance requirements for Phlebotomy listed on the tab above, the restrictions for the NAC program are as follows.

Participation Requirements


  • 18 years of age or older

  • High school diploma or GED is recommended, but not required

  • Proof of 2-step TB test or clear chest x-ray within 6 months upon acceptance into the program.

  • Clear criminal background check

  • Upon successful selection, attendance at mandatory Nursing Assistant Orientation

NAC - For Credit Requirements


  • All applicants must submit the following three (3) items to the Clark College Welcome Center, PUB 002, by the stated deadline on the Statement of Intent form in order to be considered for the quarter's NAC class.

    • Application for Admission to (if not already a student at) Clark College
    • Statement of Intent form
    • Criminal Background Check

Classes are held at the Clark Center at Washington State University, Vancouver and Columbia Tech Center in east Clark County. Clinical skills training is in a supervised client care setting in the Clark County area.
Preliminary Requirements
BMED 110
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY I *
3 cr.
FACPR032
FIRST AID AND HEALTH CARE PROVIDER CPR
1 cr.
HEOC 104
HEALTH CARE DELIVERY & CAREER EXPLORATION
3 cr.
HEOC 120
AIDS EDUCATION
1 cr.
READ 087
CRITICAL READING
4 cr.
or COMPASS score of 74 or higher
HEOC 100
BASIC CONCEPTS OF ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY *
4 cr.
or BIOL 164
HUMAN BIOLOGY *
4 cr.
and BIOL 165
HUMAN BIOLOGY LAB *
1 cr.
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (3 credits required)
ENGL 098
WRITING FUNDAMENTALS
5 cr.
or COMPASS score of 78 or higher
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
BMED 103
MATH FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS
3 cr.
Human Relations (3 credits required)
CMST&210
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
Program Requirements
BMED 111
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY II *
3 cr.
BMED 138
LEGAL ASPECTS OF THE MEDICAL OFFICE
2 cr.
PHLE 115
PHLEBOTOMY EDUCATION W/LAB
3 cr.
PHLE 116
BASIC LABORATORY FOR THE PHLEBOTOMIST
3 cr.
PHLE 197
PHLEBOTOMY CLINICAL EXPERIENCE
5 cr.
PHLE 198
PHLEBOTOMY CLINICAL SEMINAR
1 cr.
NAC 103
NURSING ASSISTANT FOUNDATIONS/CLINICAL
9 cr.
Total Required Credits: 49-56
* Course must be seven years current upon program entry.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Behave in a professional and ethical manner when interacting with patients, health care professionals, and peers.
  • Consistently use aseptic technique as determined by the NNAAP (National Nurse Aide Assessment Program) skills listing and the CDC.
  • Perform vital-sign measurements according to the NNAAP skills requirement.
  • Apply basic skin care and pressure-sore prevention with all patients.
  • Possess basic knowledge of the body's systems and disease processes.
  • Successfully complete all criteria for the NAC State Exam.
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.