Phlebotomy Education Program

Phlebotomists are health care professionals who collect blood, which is used in the diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of a patient’s medical condition. Phlebotomists are vital to quality patient care. Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City has a long history of providing phlebotomy training in the Kansas City area.

Students in the Phlebotomy Education Program learn about all phases of phlebotomy theory and technique, including:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Laboratory departments and organization
  • Specimen collection equipment and techniques

The Phlebotomy Education Program offers a balance of theory and practical application of techniques learned in the classroom preparing you for a health care career that is in high demand.

Clinical rotations include:

  • Hospital laboratories
  • Patient service centers
  • Physician offices
  • Neonatal/pediatric

Career Opportunities

Phlebotomist employment opportunities exist in hospitals, physicians’ offices, clinics, nursing homes, clinical laboratories, insurance companies, and other health care settings. Historically, more than 50% of program graduates have found opportunities at Saint Luke’s.

Program Outcomes (2018 – 2020)

  • Graduation rate: 94%
  • Certification exam pass rate: 100%
  • Employment rate: 100%

Course Structure

The Phlebotomy Education Program is an accredited 5-week intensive course that consists of 200 hours and provides didactic (lecture and student lab) and clinical instruction (practicum). 68 hours are spent in lecture and student lab, while 132 hours are in clinical rotations. Students are required to complete a minimum of 200 successful specimen collections by a variety of methods; evacuated, winged infusion set (butterfly), syringe, and capillary puncture (finger and heel). Arterial collections are also included. Basic, intermediate, and advanced phlebotomy techniques are taught and practiced during the program. Our comprehensive program prepares graduates to successfully function as an entry-level phlebotomist as well as sit for a national certification exam.


Graduates of the Phlebotomy Education Program have the opportunity to sit for an accredited national certification examination. Certification is highly recommended, but optional. View exam registration.

Course Schedule

We are accepting applications for the following 2021 classes:

  • January 25 – March 3 (Application due December 4, 2020)
  • April 12 – May 19 (Application due February 26, 2021)
  • August 2 – September 8 (Application due June 25, 2021)
  • October 11 – November 17 (Application due August 27, 2021)

Classes may be filled before the application deadline.

Classes are held eight hours a day, Monday through Friday. The daily schedule varies and includes:

  • Lecture: 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Clinical instruction: 2:00 – 10:30 a.m., 4:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 6:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Student schedules include all clinical instructions times listed above.

Evening and weekend classes are not available.

Tuition and Fees

  • Application fee: $25 (non-refundable)
  • Matriculation fee: $300 (non-refundable; applies toward tuition)
  • Tuition: $1,550
  • Books: $115

Total program cost is $1,690.

Tuition and book fees are payable before the first day of class unless participating in payment plan. Lab coats will be loaned to students at no charge. Uniform, room, board, and other living expenses are the responsibility of the student.

Payment Plans

Application and matriculation fees are paid at application and upon acceptance into the program, respectively. The remaining cost of tuition and books, $1,365, can be paid according to three payment options.

All payment plans require first month payment the week before program begins.

Option 1: Pay $365 and then five payments of $200

Option 2: Pay five payments of $228 and one payment of $225

Option 3: Pay $365 and then two payments of $500

For more information on payment plans, please see the policy manual.


The Phlebotomy Education Program is approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to become a certified phlebotomist.

Contact Us

For more information, contact:

The Phlebotomy Education Program

Brenna D. Ildza
Phlebotomy Program Director

Barbara Mick
Phlebotomy Program Faculty

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