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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 include, but are not limited to: manual dexterity and visual acuity (normal color vision).  More information on Technical Standards and Essential Functions can be found here.

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Download the Phlebotomy Application for Clinicals.PDF Icon 

Reasonable accommodations for persons with documented image 4disabilities 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 based on race, creed, color, gender, age, marital status, national origin, or physical or mental disability, providing mandatory standards can be met.

For more information, contact:

Patricia Raphiel-Brown, Program Director

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