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Certificate of Technical Studies Program

Phlebotomists are health care professionals skilled in the procurement of blood and in facilitating the specimen collection process. The main function involves obtaining patient’s blood specimens by venipuncture and microsampling techniques. Other duties involve facilitating the collection and transportation of other clinical specimens and processing specimens for the laboratory analysis.

The Program prepares students for employment in clinical laboratory facilities, generally under the supervision of the appropriate technologist. The curriculum includes courses concerned with instruction in general education and phlebotomy. Technical skills are acquired through a clinical practicum, which is a competency based system designed to prepare students for the workforce. Upon successful completion of the coursework, Southern University at Shreveport will grant a certificate in phlebotomy education. The student is then eligible to sit for the National Phlebotomy Registry.

Admission into the clinical practicum is competitive and based upon the number of clinical spaces available at local affiliated hospitals and other types of clinical facilities. Students are selected based on set criteria which include approval from the program’s admission committee.

The Phlebotomy program is fully approved by

National Accrediting Agency of Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720
Rosemount, Il 60018
Phone: 773-714-8880
Fax: 773-714-8886
Admission into the program is competitive and based on selected entrance criteria
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • High School GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • College transcript(s) if applicable, GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Program application are available in the Program Director’s Office (Metro Campus, Suite #307) in March for the Fall Semester Clinical and September for the Spring Semester Clinical
  • Deadline for completion of application packet — June 30th for the Fall Semester acceptance and October 31st for the Spring Semester acceptance
  • Brief narrative of intent
  • Three (3) letters of reference
  • Interview with Phlebotomy Interview Committee
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and be in sufficient mental and physical health to meet the minimum clinical performance standards. The standards are listed in the Admissions Packet.
Technical Standards or Essential Functions Phlebotomy students must have abilities and skills as follows:
  1. Observation — The applicant/student should be able to characterize color, odor, clarity and viscosity of biological, reagents or chemical reaction products. Therefore, the student must possess functional use of the senses of smell, vision and somatic sensation.
  2. Communication — The applicant/student must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively orally and in writing with all members of the healthcare team. The student must have the ability to read and comprehend written material in order to correctly and independently perform laboratory rest procedures.
  3. Psychomotor Skills — The applicant/student must possess gross and fine manual dexterity sufficient to handle specimens or reagents and phlebotomy equipment and perform analytical procedures requiring the use of small, delicate tools, equipment and instruments. The applicant/student must possess vision and dexterity which allows him/her to focus and view specimens using a binocular microscope.
  4. Intellectual/Conceptual and Cognitive Abilities — The applicant/students must be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze and synthesize, integrate and apply information. The applicant/student should be able to use sufficient judgment to recognize and correct performance and problem solve unexpected observations or outcomes of laboratory procedures.
  5. Behavior and Social Attributes — The applicant/student must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of his or her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, and the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the performance of laboratory testing. Candidates must also be able to tolerate taxing workloads, function effectively under stress, adapt to a changing environment, display flexibility and function independently in the face of uncertainties or problems that might arise.
  6. Ethical Standards — The applicant/student must demonstrate professional demeanor or behavior and must perform in an ethical manner in dealing with peers, faculty, staff and patients.
  7. Academic Performance — The applicant/student must be able to obtain relevant information from lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions or exercises, clinical laboratory practicums and independent study assignments.
Reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities will be considered on an individual basis, but a candidate must be able to perform in an independent manner. There will be no discrimination in the selection of program participants on race, creed, color, gender, age, marital status, national origin, or physical or mental disability, providing mandatory standards can be met.
Upon Admission
  • Must be able to pass a Physician’s Physical Examination, CPR certification, present evidence of current immunization, Hepatitis vaccination, and TB screening prior to clinical setting.
  • Students are required to purchase uniforms and supplies.
  • As mandated by the Program’s Clinical Affiliate, all students are subject to criminal background check and drug screening.
  • ACT and Placement exams is required
  • A mandatory $70.00 entrance fee is required upon admission into the Phlebotomy Program.
  • Upon successful completion of the course work, clinical competency examination, and a passing grade of “C” (75% or higher) on the final comprehensive examination, Southern University will grant a Certificate in Phlebotomy.

Fill out an application for admission into the Phlebotomy Clinicals program downloading the electronic form.

Gainful Employment information for the Phlebotomy program can be found here.

NOTE: The awarding of the degree is Not contingent on passing the National Registry

For more information, contact:

Patricia Raphael-Brown

Southern University at Shreveport | Martin Luther King Jr. Drive | Shreveport, Louisiana 71107
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