Applications are accepted May-September. Interviews for admission are conducted September through the end of the second week in October. Individuals applying for admission to the Gaston College Phlebotomy Program must meet the requirements for general admission to Gaston College and the requirements for admission into the Phlebotomy Program.
Qualified applicants will be contacted for an admission interview by the Medical Assisting/Phlebotomy Coordinator after receipt of the Phlebotomy Program Application.
The Phlebotomy Certificate Program is limited to the number of students matching the number of internship spaces recruited. This usually means that 14-18 students can be accepted. Therefore, the top 14-18 qualifying admission scores will be accepted for program entry.
Acceptance is based on a point system with selection being conducted by the following method:
Applicants earning the highest Admission Points will be offered acceptance into the program.
- While the ACT score is the only required admission criterion, ADDITIONAL ADMISSION POINTS can be earned from the following categories:
a. CPR Certification (current)
b. Nursing Assistant I/II Certificate (current)
c. College degree/diploma
d. College level math course
e. College level Anatomy & Physiology course
f. PSY 150
g. Previous Applicant
- In the event of a tie, the ACT score with the highest math component will be accepted first.
- In the possible event of a tie for the math component, the English component will become the deciding factor.
English as a Second Language
United States resident applicants whose primary language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. This may include scoring no less than 540 (207 on the computer) on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). The Medical Assisting/Phlebotomy Coordinator, in consultation with the Department Chairperson of the Medical Assisting/Phlebotomy and Health Promotions Programs and the Dean of Health and Human Services, will determine the means of demonstrating proficiency on an individual basis.
Criminal Background Check, Fingerprints & Drug Screening
In order to comply with current Student Affiliation Agreements students accepted into the Phlebotomy Certificate Program will be required to submit a Criminal Background Check, Fingerprints and Drug Screening according to Gaston College procedures prior to placement in a clinical facility. The facility reserves the right to deny the student access to the facility. If the student is denied access, the student will not be allowed to complete the program. Completion of clinical experiences is required for the satisfactory completion of the program. More information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.
NOTE: All information should be accurate to the best of the applicant's knowledge. Giving false information or withholding necessary information to the college/program may result in dismissal from the college/program. Questionable situations shall be discussed with the Medical Assisting/Phlebotomy Coordinator, the Department Chairperson of Medical Assisting/Phlebotomy and Health Promotions and the Dean of Health and Human Services.
THE PRACTICUM will provide the student the opportunity to apply the skills learned in the classroom/laboratory phase to the work environment, under supervision. Students will be assigned to either an area hospital laboratory, an independent laboratory, a medical clinic, or a physician’s office laboratory for an eight-hour (8-hour) shift, three (3) days a week for a total of twenty-four (24) hours a week clinical experience. Hours for the practicum will vary according to the facility to which you will be assigned and may be any of the following sets of hours:
06:30 a.m. - 02:30 p.m.
07:00 a.m. - 03:30 p.m.
08:00 a.m. - 05:00 p.m.
08:30 a.m. - 05:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 07:30 p.m.
02:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
03:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
NOTE: In order to participate in the Practicum of the Phlebotomy Program, students must pass PBT 100 and must be willing to work any of the internship assignment hours listed. There is no guarantee of “preferred” hours.
The semester sequence for the program will consist of a ten (10) week concentrated classroom experience followed by a six (6) week practicum experience. Upon successful completion of PBT 100 , PBT 101 , and PSY 150 , the student will be awarded the Phlebotomy Technician Certificate.
Due to the limited number of practicum facilities, the student rotations through clinical facilities may be divided. The internship rotation may consist of two (2) sections, based on need.
If there are more students than practicum sites available at the end of the ten (10) week classroom experience, the group will be divided into two (2) sections as listed below:
Students assigned to Section A will complete their Phlebotomy Practicum immediately following the ten (10) week concentrated classroom experience.
Students assigned to Section B will complete their Phlebotomy Practicum six (6) weeks after the concentrated classroom experience, following Section A.
If all students can be placed in an practicum facility for the first rotation (immediately following the ten (10) week concentrated classroom experience), there will be only one Phlebotomy Practicum for that year.
Assignment to a Phlebotomy Practicum section is the sole decision of the Phlebotomy faculty.