The Phlebotomy program at South Arkansas Community College consists of a one-semester Certificate of Proficiency. The Phlebotomy program centers on the study of phlebotomy, professionalism, patient relations, basic medical terminology, types of specimens, specimen collection procedures, complications of venipuncture, adaptations for special limits and special types of patients, and the actual collection of laboratory specimens.

Upon successful completion of all coursework, the student will be awarded a Certificate of Proficiency and will be eligible to sit for one or more national certification examinations in phlebotomy. 

Phlebotomy certification is NOT required by the State of Arkansas, but may be required by individual health care facilities for employment.  Each class is limited to a maximum of 14 students. The first 14 students who complete the admission process to South Arkansas Community College will be allowed to register for the course and pay fees. Positions in the class cannot be held for specific individuals until admission requirements are met. There will be NO exceptions to this rule. If students fail to pay fees by indicated date, those students will be dropped from the course and additional students will be allowed to register for the vacated positions in the class. 

To successfully complete the certificate of proficiency, students MUST earn a grade of “C” or higher in all 12 credit hours in the curriculum.  The South Arkansas Community College Phlebotomy program has been approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) but is currently on inactive accreditation status. Procedures for reactivation of the program is currently in process. NAACLS is located at 5600 N. River road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119. NAACLS phone number is 773-714-8880; http://www.naacls.org

Certificate of Proficiency

Certificate of Proficiency

COURSE SEM.HR.
MLSC 1014 Phlebotomy/Lab 4
MLSC 1042 Phlebotomy Practicum 2
HCIT 1003 Medical Terminology 3
CSCI 1003
Computer and Information Processing
3
Program Total 12

Basic Studies Requirements:

Reading: ACT 19 or above (or) ASSET 43 or above (or) COMPASS 83 or above (or) Accuplacer 78 or above (or) complete BSTD 0613 English II.

Writing: ACT 19 or above (or) ASSET 45 or above (or) COMPASS 80 or above (or) Accuplacer 83 or above (or) complete BSTD 0613 English II.

Math: ACT 19 or above (or) ASSET Intermediate Algebra Skills 43 or above (or) COMPASS 71 or above (or) Accuplacer 78 or above (or) complete BSTD 0513 Intermediate Algebra.

If you are interested in further information regarding this program, contact:

Caroline Hammond, Dean of Health Sciences
chammond@southark.edu
Phone (870) 864-7102

Admission Process

Admission Process

Applicants to the program MUST:

  • Complete general admission procedures to the college (this is available online at www.Southark.edu or you may request a paper form from admissions).
  • Submit official copies of your High school/GED and college transcripts must be sent to SouthArk/Admissions office.
  • Submit placement test results from the ACT, SAT, ASSET, or COMPASS to SouthArk Admissions.
  • Provide proof of PPD skin test or evidence of negative chest x-ray if skin testing not allowed.
  • Provide proof of Hepatitis B immunization upon entry or sign Declination Statement.
  • MUST provide proof of immunity to varicella. Proof may consist of 1) proof of vaccination, 2) statement of physician verifying that student had varicella, or 3) varicella antibody titer indicating immunity.
  • To be completed after beginning the program: Provide proof of an unencumbered drug screen and criminal background check required upon entry to the program.

Application Process

Application Process

Prior to applying for admission into the Phlebotomy, program students must complete the SouthArk admissions process. SouthArk's Admissions Office is located on the second floor of the El Dorado Conference Center.  After completing the SouthArk admissions process (admissions application, transcripts, test scores, immunizations, etc...) students may register for the program with an advisor.

  • After beginning the program: A background check will be required upon admittance into the Phlebotomy program. The cost of the background check is the student's responsibility and is paid directly to American Data Bank. 
  • After beginning the program: An unencumbered drug screen will be required upon entry to the program. Students will complete the drug screen at an assigned location.  The cost of the drug screen is the student's responsibility
  • Applicants need to provide proof of a TB skin test or evidence of negative chest x-ray if skin testing not allowed.  TB skin tests can be obtained from the Union County Health Department.
  • Applicants need to provide proof of Hepatitis B immunizations or sign a declination statement.
  • Applicants need to provide proof of varicella zoster (chicken pox).

Application Information Continued:
Each class is limited to a maximum of 14 students. The first 14 students who complete the admission process to South Arkansas Community College and the Phlebotomy Program will be allowed to register for the program courses and pay fees.  Positions in the program cannot be held for specific individuals until all Southark admission requirements and program admission requirements are met.  There will be NO exceptions to this rule.  If students fail to pay fees by indicated dates, those studetns will be dropped from the program and an alternate student will be allowed to regiser for the vacated positions in the program.

EXPENSES:  In addition to college tuition and fees, students are responsible for purchasing scrubs, leather white shoes, a white lab jacket (long sleeves), a drug screen, and a background check. 

Graduate Statistics

Graduate Statistics

Year
  Number Accepted Graduation Rate
BOC Cert. Pass Rate
July 2011 - June 2012       51%
July 2012 - June 2013   Jan.-Dec. 2013 - 41
97 56%
July 2013 - June 2014   Jan.-Dec. 2014 - 45
97 69%
July 2014 - June 2015   Jan.-Dec. 2015 - 26 89 74%