Phlebotomist Certificate
  • Policy information specific to the Phlebotomy Certificate program is noted below.

  • Progression Requirements +

    As a student enrolled in the Phlebotomist Certificate program, you must:

    1. Submit proof of having completed the first two Hepatitis B immunizations prior to enrolling in HS 291: Phlebotomy Lab, and must submit proof of having completed the third Hepatitis B immunization prior to enrolling in HS 299: Phlebotomy Externship.
    2. Submit proof of CPR certification prior to enrolling in HS 299: Phlebotomy Externship.
    Externships and Clinical Experiences +

    In particular phases of study, some programs include an externship or clinical experience that is to be completed without compensation. Although you are supervised by professionals at your externship or clinical site, you must continue to maintain contact with the Kaplan University Externship Office on a regular basis.

    In the event the University is unable to schedule you into the required externship or clinical experience, there may be a delay between the time you end classes and begin the externship or clinical experience. In this case, the President may grant, on a limited basis, an administrative leave of absence. At the discretion of the University, externship or clinical sites may be secured outside the general residential area; however, this may require you to relocate and incur additional costs.

    You must meet the following academic eligibility requirements prior to starting the externship or clinical experience:

    1. Pass all required prerequisite courses, as indicated in this Catalog.
    2. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0.
    3. You may not have a grade of "F" for any major course, unless your academic record reflects the course has been satisfactorily repeated.
    4. You may not have an incomplete grade ("I") for any major course.
    5. Have a 2.0 cumulative GPA for externships graded as Pass/Fail.

    During externship or clinical training, you are expected to perform in an ethical, safe, and professional manner and to assist the supervisor in all matters appropriate to the scope of practice. Failure to do so may result in course failure and dismissal from the program.

    Externship and clinical training is typically completed Monday through Friday during the day. Evening externships and clinical experiences are rarely available; therefore, you should plan on completing the required hours during the day and must not rely on the possibility of evening hours. Successful completion of the externship or clinical experiences is a requirement for graduation.

    The externship or clinical site will submit evaluations of your performance based on the standards set by the University. You must satisfactorily complete the externship or clinical assignment and submit an approved verification of time completed in order to graduate. To complete the externship or clinical in the time allowed, you may have to increase the number of hours spent at the externship or clinical site beyond those normally required during classroom training.

    All externship or clinical sites are carefully selected based on an evaluation of site personnel, facilities, geographic location, availability, and types of learning experiences provided.

    The University maintains affiliation agreements with a variety of facilities. Some facilities may have additional requirements that must be met prior to placement. You are encouraged to seek out externship or clinical sites under the guidance of the Externship Coordinator. If you have a particular interest in a facility with which the University is not affiliated, you may bring this to the attention of the Externship Coordinator so the site may be evaluated.

    You may arrange the days or times of your externship or clinical training only with written permission from the University.

    If you are absent from your externship or clinical training, you must inform both the site and the University.

    Externship or clinical site reassignments will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may result in additional charges.

    Externship and clinical sites may require you to complete a criminal background check or medical examination, including providing proper documentation of applicable immunizations.

    Certification, State Board, and National Board Exams +

    You are responsible for understanding the requirements of certification, state board, or national board licensing exams. Such requirements may change during the course of your program. You are not automatically certified in any way upon program completion. Although certain programs are designed to prepare you to take various certification and licensing exams, Kaplan University cannot guarantee you will be eligible to take these exams or become certified. Your eligibility may depend on your work experience, completion of education and/or degree requirements, not having a criminal record, meeting other licensure or certification requirements, or the program or the University itself having appropriate accreditation or licensure.

    Upon completing of the program, you may be eligible to take phlebotomy technician certification exams sponsored by various organizations including the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) and the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT).