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Phlebotomy Technician Training Program

Collecting blood samples is a staple in healthcare facilities. In this program students will explore blood taking techniques using venipuncture and capillary sticks.

In addition to the methods and techniques of phlebotomy, learners will explore a variety of laboratory procedures, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, blood collection procedures, specimen collection practice, specimen processing and handling.


The Berkeley College Phlebotomy Technician Training Program provides an introduction to the methods and techniques of acquiring specimens via multiple approaches. The gathering of bodily fluids is presented and simulated throughout the course. In addition to simulating the collection of specimens, learners will explore how to direct the patient, secure the specimen, complete the lab requisition from, and submit to the testing site. To ensure proper handling of these specimens, learners will gain the understanding of OSHA, CLIA, and other standards required in a laboratory setting.

The program also includes background information on anatomy and physiology of the heart, medical disease processes, medical terminology, medical ethics, and legal aspects of patient contact.

All topics explored in the Specimen Collection and Procedures course prepare learners for the Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) certification examination offered through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

The following costs are included in the fee for the Phlebotomy Technician program:

  • Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) certification exam offered through the NHA
  • Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) certification exam review
  • Required E-text
  • Lab fees

This 9-credit program is offered in a combination of online and onsite instruction. Learning takes place online with the exception of the mandatory 30-hour onsite laboratory component for the Specimen Collection and Procedures course, which can be taken at any New Jersey campus where the course is offered. The Phlebotomy Technician Training program can be completed in one semester.

Credit hours from the completed program may be applied toward credits for a degree program offered within the College’s School of Health Studies.

Individuals with a high school diploma or its equivalent are welcome to enroll in this certificate program. There is a short registration form, but no formal acceptance process.

  • MED1140 - Specimen Collection and Procedures (15-weeks | 3 credits)
    • Includes a mandatory 30-hour onsite lab component
  • HEA2200 - Medical Terminology (15-weeks | 3 credits)
  • SCI1120 - Human Biology (15-weeks | 3 credits)

Students learn a variety of laboratory procedures, specimen collection, Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment Waiver Test, and Point of Care Testing (PoCT). Includes performing proper venipuncture and finger-stick techniques for obtaining human blood specimens, as well as other methods of collecting body fluid specimens while complying with OSHA Standards.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: HEA2200, SCI2100

Provides a solid foundation and understanding of the medical language used by healthcare professionals through the introduction, reinforcement, and combination of medical word parts including prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms. Emphasis is placed on word building, analysis of word parts, spelling, special endings, plural forms, correct pronunciation of terminology related to procedures, and diseases of the various body systems. Commonly used abbreviations and symbols will also be introduced.

Study of the structure and function of the human body. Students are introduced to the various body systems, including the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, special senses, endocrine, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, hematological/immunological, and cardiovascular. Course includes definitions, terminology, chemical basis of life, and energy, as well as microbiology.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Students in the Continuing Education programs and courses are not eligible for Berkeley College grants, scholarships, financial aid, VA benefits, or career assistance.