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Phlebotomy and Specimen Accessioning

The application deadline for the Phlebotomy & Specimen Accessioning certificate is November 13, 2019. Please apply here.

Phlebotomy is the science and art of obtaining blood specimens from patients for laboratory analysis. Specimen accessioning is the multi-tasked step for processing these laboratory specimens.

Employment opportunities are in hospitals, private laboratories, clinics and physician’s offices. Phlebotomists may also process, store, and ship various medical specimens, instruct patients on sample collection, perform clerical duties related to record keeping of laboratory tests, and enter and retrieve data using computers.

The Phlebotomy and Specimen Accessioning Certificate Program consists of three parts: Theoretical Lectures, Blood Collection Practice – Student Laboratory, and a Clinical Rotation at an affiliate site.

 Part I -Theoretical Lectures
Lectures in phlebotomy are offered on campus and include blood specimen collection by venipuncture and skin puncture, anatomy and physiology of body systems with emphasis on the circulatory system, infection control, safety, quality assurance, specimen processing and storage including other types of specimens, and legal responsibilities of the phlebotomist.

Academic Requirements: Phlebotomy students must successfully complete Part I to be eligible to progress to Part II of the program.
Part I academic requirements are:

  • Achieve a minimum overall Part I course average (quizzes & exams) of 70%
  • Achieve a minimum grade of 70% on the Part I Final Comprehensive Exam

Part II – Blood Collection Practice – Student Laboratory
Student Laboratory consists of practice in venipuncture and skin puncture.

  • On-campus
  • 12 hours of mandatory student phlebotomy laboratory

Part III – Phlebotomy Clinical Rotation

Upon successful completion of Part I and Part II, phlebotomy students are eligible to begin the clinical rotation, the final phase of the program. The phlebotomy clinical rotation takes place at an affiliate clinical site located in several counties including Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Passaic, and Bergen counties. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the clinical site and parking fee, if applicable.  Part III requires:

  • Completion of 100 hours of practice, 15 days, approximately 7 hours a day
  • Completion of a minimum of 100 successful venipunctures and skin punctures
  • The clinical rotation must be completed within 6 months from start of the program

Clinical Rotation Schedule:

Clinical rotations are scheduled in 4 cycles. Scheduling of the clinical rotation is dependent on clinical site availability. An example of a rotation schedule with tentative dates:

Cycle I:  3/23/20-4/8/20
Cycle II:  4/13/20-4/29/20
Cycle III: 5/4/20-5/20/20
Cycle IV: 5/25/20-6/10/20

Phlebotomy and Specimen Accessioning Certificate Admissions Requirements

Online Application Deadline: Nov. 13.

All documentation must be complete and submitted by the due dates for the Phlebotomy and Specimen Accessioning certificate program. Partial information/submissions will not be accepted and will be returned to the student. Rutgers reserves the right to change the requirements.

Apply at: Application requires non-refundable payment of $25.

Email the following information by Nov. 13 to

  • Copy of High School Diploma, GED, or higher degree.
    • If a High School diploma or higher degree is from a country outside the United States, a copy of the World Education Services (WES) evaluation must accompany the diploma. For information contact WES at: 1-800-937-3895 or
    • TOEFL is required if a High School diploma or higher degree is from a country other than the United States. Minimum TOEFL score: Web-based 79/80; computer-based 213; paper exam 550. Contact: or 1-609-921-9000
  • Proof of current health insurance

Accepted students will receive instructions on further submissions needed. After each submission, a student will receive an email with a link and instructions on how and where to submit payment. 

Accepted students will need to provide the following information:

Due by Nov. 13:

  • Phlebotomy and Accessioning Registration Form – online
  • Criminal background check application and free  – $101, online

Due by Nov. 13:

Program fee payment of $1,500 online

*Tuition Refund Policy: A tuition refund, less a $100 administration fee will be issued if notice is received in writing one month before the first day of class. No refund of tuition if cancellation is requested after that time. Applicant must agree to refund policy terms. If you have questions, please submit via email to

Immunization Requirements:

  • Phlebotomy requires patient contact with a risk of exposure to blood and potentially infectious body fluids, therefore appropriate immunization and documentation of proof of current immunizations is required. To begin the program, a student’s medical/immunization information must be deemed compliant by Rutgers Student Health Services.
  • Hepatitis B– 3 doses of vaccine (at least one dose prior to any activities with any risk of exposure) or proof of immunity. Hepatitis B quantitative surface antibodies (1 month after last dose) – Required-vaccination serology, Hepatitis B Record
  • TB testing – PPD Mantoux 2 STEP or an FDA approved blood assay for TB
  • Measles–2 doses of vaccine or serologic proof of immunity
  • Mumps– 2 doses of vaccine or serologic proof of immunity
  • Rubella–1 dose of vaccine or serologic proof of immunity
  • Influenza- annual dose of vaccine in the fall
  • Varicella–2 doses of vaccine or serologic proof of immunity
  • Adult Tdap
  • Recommended: Polio – Primary 3-dose series of vaccine or booster doses

 Program Schedule

 Part I: Lecture On-Campus (Newark)

Date: Jan. 14 – Mar. 5, 2020  Tuesdays & Thursdays
Time:  6-9 PM EST
Location: Rutgers-School of Health Professions
Stanley S. Bergen Building—Room 925
65 Bergen St., Newark, NJ 07107

Part II: Blood Collection Practice- Student Laboratory
Date:  March 12 – March 19, 2020, Tuesdays & Thursdays
Time: 6-9 PM EST
Location: Rutgers-School of Health Professions
Stanley S. Bergen Building—Room 926
65 Bergen St.Newark, NJ 07107

Part III: Clinical Rotations

Begin April 2020
Location: Off-campus affiliated clinical sites

  • Rotations are scheduled on an individual basis, start dates will vary for each student

Textbook: Phlebotomy Essentials – 6th Edition, McCall & Tankersley, Wolters Kluwer, 2016 ISBN: 978-1451194524

Phlebotomy Program Fees 

Program Fee $1500.00
Criminal Background Check Fee $    101.00
Application Fee $    25.00
Textbook – approximate cost $    50.00

*Some of the clinical sites require drug screen testing and a fee of $50 will be charged to the student for the drug testing. For further information, please email: or call (973) 972-5578

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