The phlebotomy certificate is a one-semester program designed to prepare students to work in the medical field as a phlebotomist. A phlebotomist’s primary function is blood collection; however, they may assist the health care team. The curriculum emphasizes practical, hands-on learning experiences in the laboratory setting. Phlebotomists are skilled health care professionals who have been trained to collect, transport, handle and process blood and other specimens for laboratory analysis. They must also be able to identify and select equipment, supplies and additives used in collection and understand factors that affect collection procedures and test results.


This Program

Simulation & Skills Lab

Phlebotomy certificate takes 16 credit hours to complete; it can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis

Small class sizes; more one-on-one attention from instructors

Online tutoring as well as individual tutoring available

Local clinical sites

Simulation lab

High-tech collaborative classroom

Program is hands-on but also has online aspect built into teaching


Sandburg’s state-of-the-art Simulation Center provides life-like simulation learning experiences, including manikins that move, breathe, make noises, etc. The Simulation Center utilizes SimMan and houses a maternal/child unit with Noelle Birthing Simulator with Neonate Hal. Our Skills Lab includes infant, toddler, child, and adult manikins and skills equipment that reflect the newest technology in the health care industry.


Careers & Projected Salary

Annual salary for entry-level workers start around $18,373. Mid-level pay is $29,924 per year. Highly experienced workers can earn up to $61,741. (State of Illinois averages)


Required Courses

Health Careers (7 credit hours)Medical Lab Tech (7 credit hours)

Medical Terminology (2 credit hours)

Total Credit Hours - 16

Potential Careers:


Laboratory technician

Lab assistant clerk


How to Apply

All applicants interested in the phlebotomy program must meet in person with a Carl Sandburg College program advisor prior to applying to the program. Be sure to make an appointment early in the process.

  1. Complete application to Carl Sandburg College
  2. Send official high school transcript or equivalent and any post-secondary education transcripts to the Admissions and Records Office.
  3. Complete college placement exam.
  4. Schedule an appointment and meet with a phlebotomy advisor prior to applying.


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