Health and Public Services


About the Program 

  • Provides an overall review of the most current phlebotomy practices and procedures 
  • Provide a variety of lectures, discussions, lab exercises, and exams to give students adequate preparation for the national certification exam. 
  • Lab time and 120 hours of clinical provide an ample of amount of opportunity to become skilled and gain the confidence to work as a phlebotomist
  • Students will be given an opportunity to participate in selecting clinical sites; however, the Program Instructor and Continuing Health Coordinator reserve the right to make the final decision for student assignments to clinical sites   

Program Includes

  • Health care delivery
  • Medical terminology
  • Infection control and safety
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Specimen collection and integrity

Before Starting

  • High school graduate or HISET
  • High school GPA of at least 2.0
  • Certified Nurse Aide Certificate
  • Immunization Records
  • Demonstrate good physical health
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Background check set up by IWCC
  • Drug screen set up by IWCC 
  1. Gather all the information above
  2. Read dress code
  3. Mail or bring in prerequisites
    1. Academic records (high school or GED transcript)
    2. Completed immunization record form
    3. Copy of CNA certificate*
  4. Meet with the Program Coordinator to review program requirements and your prerequisites. An appointment is suggested.
  5. Receive formal acceptance after all prerequisites and interviews completed.

*If you don’t have a CNA certificate we can help with that too!


$1,629 | Tuition, Textbook, Handouts, Lab Supplies, Drug Screening, and Iowa/Nebraska Background Checks*

$150 | Non-Refundable Processing Fee

E2E Assistance Education 2 Employment Tuition Assistance

Are you an Iowa resident? You may qualify for FREE tuition for one of the four programs listed below!
Education 2 Employment provides FREE tuition assistance to residents of Iowa to grow their career skills and further their education.

More Information About the Program

Instructor – Hollie has worked in the health care field for 20 years. She is a Certified Phlebotomist and licensed practical nurse with intravenous certification. She is currently working as the laboratory specialist at an Omaha lab.   

Phlebotomists draw blood for tests, transfusions, research, or blood donations. Some explain their work to patients and provide assistance when patients have adverse reactions after their blood is drawn. A career in phlebotomy is exciting and rewarding. With experience and additional training, some career advancement opportunities are Lead Phlebotomist, Phlebotomy Specialist, Collections Phlebotomy Specialist, Registered Phlebotomy Specialist and Nurse. Employment of phlebotomists is projected to grow 25 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Median hourly earnings $14.74 per hour. Source Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Primary Textbooks: The Complete Textbook of Phlebotomy, 5th Edition by Lynn Hoeltke ISBN-13: 9780840022998, ISBN: 0840022999 Pub. Date: January 2012, Publisher: Cengage Learning 

Phlebotomy Dress Code

Students will be required to clean and neatly dressed to present a professional appearance for class, lab, and clinical. Students must wear scrubs (uniform) and lab coats when working on lab skills during the classroom portion of the course, and when they are at the clinical sites. Scrubs should be clean and pressed.

Appropriate footwear will be required in the lab and clinical area. Closed-toe shoes that are soft-soled, such as white tennis or similar shoes must be worn in the lab and clinical area; no sandals or flip-flops.  Name tags will be issued and must be displayed at all times. Body piercings must be removed and tattoos must be covered with make up or band aids. Hair must be clean and tied back.

Men should keep facial hair trimmed. If a male student wishes to wear a mustache and/or beard, it must be kept clean and well groomed (No five o’clock shadow).

Students are expected to bathe regularly to avoid offensive odor. In addition, students should refrain from excessive use of make-up, perfumes, and/or aftershave cologne. Fingernails need to be clean and at a reasonable length. Reasonable length is defined as 1/8” above the fingertip. You may not wear finger nail polish or acrylic nails. Jewelry should be limited to wedding rings and a wrist watch.

Iowa Western Community College is a nonsmoking campus. If you choose to smoke, please do not come to class, lab, or clinical smelling of cigarettes. 

Refunds: You may cancel your registration 48 business hours prior to the start of most classes and receive a 100% refund with the exception of the non-refundable processing fee. If contacting outside Iowa Western‘s Community College Continuing Education Department business hours, leave a voicemail and or send the department an email. Iowa Western Continuing Education is not responsible for refunds if contact is not pursued via voicemail and or email. In compliance with the IWCC policy, refunds will only be produced in the form of a check. A check will be issued within 14 business days after the refund is admitted to the customer. Refund will be sent to the customer’s address that is labeled on file. Certain program restrictions may apply. Contact Continuing Education for details at Cancellations: Iowa Western reserves the right to cancel any class where difficulties arise in staffing or scheduling or where minimum enrollment is not achieved. A full refund will be issued for all canceled classes. Transfers/Withdrawals: Transfers may be subject to a $25.00 transfer fee. Non-attendance for a class does not constitute a withdrawal and refunds are not issued for nonattendance. Transfers may be made up to two full business days (unless otherwise noted in the class information) prior to the start date of the class. After that time, transfers will not be permitted and no refund will be issued.

There will be a fee of $300 for all withdrawals 1 month or more before class starts. No refunds for withdrawals less than 1 month before class starts.