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Phlebotomy and Specimen Accessioning

Application Deadline: Monday, July 12, 2021. Please apply here. *APPLICATION SITE AVAILABILITY IS TBD*

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 clinical site.

Part I -Theoretical Lectures
Lectures will be offered online via LIVE teleconferencing using ZOOM. Students must have access to a computer with reliable interest connection.

Lectures include blood specimen collection by venipuncture and skin puncture, anatomy and physiology of body systems with an 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 Part I of the Final Comprehensive Exam

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

  • On-campus (Rutgers SHP- Newark Campus)
  • 12 hours of mandatory student phlebotomy laboratory
  • Required Proof of Negative Covid PCR test

Part III – Phlebotomy Clinical Rotation

Upon successful completion of Part I and Part II, students are eligible to begin the final phase of the program, clinical rotation. 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, 12-13 days, approximately 8 hours a day
  • Completion of a minimum of 100 successful venipunctures and skin punctures
  • The clinical rotation must be completed within 6 months of starting the program

Tentative Clinical Rotation Schedule:

Clinical rotations are scheduled in 3 cycles. Scheduling of the clinical rotation is dependent on clinical site availability. An example of a rotation schedule with tentative dates:

Tentative rotation dates are:

Cycle I: 10/25/21-11/5/21

Cycle II: 11/8/21-11/19/21

Cycle III: 11/29/21-12/10/21

Online Application Deadline: Monday July 12, 2021

All documentation and application fee must be submitted by the due date.  Incomplete submissions will not be accepted and will be returned to the applicant. Rutgers reserves the right to change the requirements.

Application Fee non-refundable: $25.

Apply at:

Email the following information by Monday July 12, 2021, to

  • Copy of High School Diploma, GED, or higher degree.
    • Applicants who have earned an H.S. diploma or higher degree from a non-US accredited institution must provide International transcript evaluation records from an accepted evaluation agency such as World Evaluation Services (WES) or similar evaluation agency listed on NACES Members
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) achieve a minimum score of 550 or higher or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) achieve 6.5 or higher.
  • Proof of current health insurance

Applicants accepted into the program will be notified by email and instructions will be provided to complete the admissions process. Acceptance is conditional and contingent on successfully meeting all admissions requirement. 

Acceptance into the Phlebotomy program is contingent on providing the following:

Due: Monday July 12, 2021:

  • Phlebotomy Program Registration Form – online
  • Criminal Background Check application and fee  – $101.90, online

Due: Monday July 26, 2021:

  • Program tuition: $1,600 – 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. Applicants must agree to refund policy terms. If you have questions, please submit via email to

Due: Friday July 30, 2021:

Immunization Requirements:

  •  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.


·       COVID- 19 Vaccine. Please document all doses of ACIP-approved COVID-19 vaccine

  • 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

Phlebotomy Program Schedule:

Part I: Phlebotomy Lectures will be held LIVE ONLINE Via Zoom 

Date: September 7, 2021 through October 14, 2021, Tuesdays & Thursdays
Time:  6-9 PM EST
Location: Zoom
Note: A Zoom link to recurrent online classes will be provided to students enrolled in the Phlebotomy course

Part II: Blood Collection Practice- Student Laboratory (3 Sessions)
October 19th, October 20th, and October 21, 2021
Time: 6-9 PM EST
Location: Rutgers-School of Health Professions
Stanley S. Bergen Building—Room 925 or GB-159
65 Bergen St., Newark, NJ 07107

Part III: Clinical Rotations

Begin on Monday October 25, 2021
Off-campus affiliated clinical sites

Rotations are scheduled in 4 different cycles; each cycle runs for 10-12 business days. Rotations take place on Monday through Friday, day shifts only. 

Textbook: Phlebotomy Essentials, 7th Edition, McCall, R. E, Tankersley CM. Philadelphia. Wolters Kluwer 2020. ISBN: 1496387074, ISBN-13 9781496387073.

Phlebotomy Program Fees:

Program Fee $1,600.00
Criminal Background Check Fee $    101.90
Application Fee $    25.00
Textbook (approximate cost) $    112.00

IMPORTANT***** Some of the clinical sites require drug screen testing and a fee of $50 will be charged to the student for the drug testing. In addition, most clinical sites now require proof of Negative Covid Tests and/or Covid-19 vaccination to enter clinical practice. More detailed information will be provided by the clinical coordinator before rotations.

For further information, please submit via email to or call (973) 972-5578.

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