SCC to Administer Phlebotomy Certification Exam

SCC Phlebotomy student Norman Bowen (right) demonstrates the procedure of venipuncture to obtain a blood specimen from instructor Magdala Jean Simon-Poplin (left).

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Albemarle, NC – Stanly Community College (SCC) is pleased to announce recent approval to administer the certification exam for the Phlebotomy program. This exam is provided through the nationally and internationally recognized organization of American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians (ASPT).

Phlebotomy technicians play an important part of the clinical laboratory team.  They must know the proper technique for venipuncture, how to properly prepare blood specimens for analysis in the lab, perform infection control procedures, and many other duties within the healthcare system.

In just four months, students can earn a Phlebotomy Technician certificate. The SCC course is 192 total hours and includes 72 hours of theory and 120 hours of clinical experience.  Students must pass the theory portion of the course to be eligible to proceed onto the clinical portion of the course. Successful completion makes the student qualified to apply for the ASPT certification mentioned above.

According to the Long Term Occupational Projections chart produced by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of phlebotomists in North Carolina is expected to grow 33% from 2016 to 2026. Hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers, and other locations will need phlebotomists to perform bloodwork.  Phlebotomy is often an excellent stepping-stone to other careers in healthcare, such as medical assisting.

The next Phlebotomy class begins March 20 and is currently enrolling interested students. Applicants to the program must have a high school diploma or GED. A criminal background check and drug screen consent are required to complete the clinical portion of the class.  For more information, please call Dana Craven at 704-991-0342, email, or visit

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