The Phlebotomy program at South Arkansas Community College is only one semester in length and students successful in all 12 credit hours will graduate with a certificate of proficiency. Application to the program isn't required but is on a first-registered, first accepted status.

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 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;

Certificate of Proficiency

Certificate of Proficiency

MLSC 1014 Phlebotomy/Lab 4
MLSC 1042 Phlebotomy Practicum 2
HCIT 1003 Medical Terminology 3
CSCI 1003
Computer and Information Processing
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 39 or above (or) COMPASS 41 or above (or) Accuplacer 78 or above (or) complete BSTD 0513 Intermediate Algebra.

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

Cathy Hailey, Program Director


Caroline Hammond, Dean of Health Sciences
Phone (870) 864-7102

Application Process

Application Process

Application not required. Please read Admission Process page.

Graduate Statistics

Graduate Statistics

  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%