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Phlebotomy Certificate

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a phlebotomist?
    • A phlebotomist is an individual who obtains blood samples for clinical laboratory testing
  • Where do phlebotomists work?
    • The phlebotomist can be employed in private laboratories, doctors' office laboratories, hospital labs, clinics and emergency rooms.
  • What is the average salary?
    • The average beginning salary is $10.00-$13.00 per hour. Positions are available on all shifts.
  • What type of training is required?
    • A two-semester program which includes 160 hours of clinical training at an affiliated site (hospital, private lab or clinic). After successfully completing this training, a student will be eligible to take a national certification exam in phlebotomy. The training program at CCRI is an integrated program that combines theory with technical skills development under the direction of the program director. The student will receive a certificate from CCRI in phlebotomy.
  • What are the necessary high school courses?
    • Any high school student interested in this program could take an elementary algebra, basic science (including biology and chemistry - these courses are optional). The student should also have good reading, writing and communication skills.
  • What does the education program Phlebotomy consist of?
    • The Phlebotomy Program is a two-semester, part-time program. First semester courses include Phlebotomy I, an English course (ENGL 1010), Introduction to Laboratory Information Systems, and ICD-CM Medical Insurance Coding. Second semester courses include Phlebotomy II, Basics of Electrocardiography, and Quality Assurance for Point of Care Testing. These courses teach the necessary skills and theory needed to function as a competent phlebotomist. The student must have a 2.0 cumulative average to graduate from the college. This program contains a total of 160 hours of clinical training at a hospital or private lab. Students enrolled in either the day or evening program must be available to train at a clinical site during the day.
  • What is the typical cost of the program?
    • The typical cost of the program for a student is approximately $5000. Lab coats and uniforms cost approximately $150.00. Students are also responsible for travel expenses for the semester at the clinical site. Financial aid is available for this program.
  • If I apply, what are the chances of getting accepted?
    • CCRI accepts approximately 42 students (28 Providence and Lincoln days, and 14 evenings Lincoln only) into the Phlebotomy Program each year.
  • Whom may I contact for more information?
    • Contact Admissions Officer Lilliam Abreu or Program

Director Lynda Codega

Lilliam Abreu 
Office of Enrollment Services
Flanagan Campus
Community College of Rhode Island
1762 Louisquisset Pike
Lincoln, RI 02865
Tel: (401) 333-7172
Lynda Codega
Allied Health Department
Flanagan Campus
Community College of Rhode Island
Allied Health Department
1762 Louisquisset Pike
Lincoln, RI 02865
Tel: (401) 333-7009
Admissions procedures and specific program admissions guidelines for Health Science students can be found on the Office of Enrollment Services website at

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Last Updated: 8/14/14