Program Description

This nationally approved program will prepare you to obtain specimens from healthcare clients for the purpose of laboratory testing. You will learn to collect and process blood samples and other body fluids in a safe and accurate manner. A Certificate of Competence will be awarded when you complete the program requirements.

Participants who complete the program are eligible to take the national certification exam provided by the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

The program begins with a 110-hour classroom course taught on campus. After successful completion, a 100-hour daytime internship follows in a clinic, hospital, or patient service center. The internship schedule is for 2.5 weeks, at 40 hours per week.

Enrollment in the program is based on a First Qualified, First Accepted basis. Full tuition payment will be needed to secure a seat in the course. There is limited enrollment and students are highly encouraged to register early.

***We reserve the right to cancel the course due to insufficient enrollment or for other reasons. All dates, times, and other information may be subject to change with or without prior notice.

This program is approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 N. River Rd.
Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119

Program Admission

A grade of C or better in English 100 (Expository Writing) or higher; or an employer referral letter is required for entry into this program. If you have not completed a college-level English course, you may take the ACCUPLACER placement test offered through our testing center at KCC. You may contact them at 808-734-9144 for more info. A qualifying English placement score is required.

Admission into the program is on a FIRST QUALIFIED, FIRST ACCEPTED basis. The program has limited enrollment and you are strongly encouraged to register early to secure a seat.

Attending an informational session is required prior to applying for this program. A brief discussion of the pre-program requirements and expectations will also be presented. Visit the Phlebotomy Programs Web Page for more information on the dates and times of these information sessions.

Learning Outcomes

Upon satisfactory completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate delivery of the health care delivery system and use pertinent medical terminology.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of infection control and safety.
  • Relate major areas of the clinical laboratory to general pathologic conditions associated with the body systems.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the importance of specimen collection in the overall patient care system.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of blood collection equipment, various types of additives used, special precautions necessary, and substances that can interfere in clinical analysis of blood constituents.
  • Demonstrate proper techniques to perform venipuncture and microcapillary/dermal puncture, performing a stated minimum number of successful unaided venipunctures and finger sticks, while using the appropriate equipment for each sample.
  • Demonstrate understanding of requisitioning, specimen transport, and specimen processing.
  • Demonstrate understanding of quality assurance in phlebotomy.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the basic concepts of communication, personal and patient interaction, stress management, professional behavior, and legal implications of the work environment.
  • Exhibit a professional demeanor while performing phlebotomist duties.

Certificates and National Certification

Students completing the entire course successfully will receive a Certificate of Competence from Kapiʻolani Community College. Graduates will also be eligible to sit for the national certification examination provided through the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

Affiliation Partners

  • Adventist Health Services at Castle
  • Clinical Laboratories of Hawai‘i
  • Diagnostic Laboratory Services
  • Hawai‘i State Hospital
  • Kaiser Permanente Medical Center
  • Kuakini Medical Center
  • Tripler Army Medical Center
  • US Army Health Clinic Schofield Barracks
  • VA Pacific Islands Health Care System
  • Wahiawā General Hospital
  • Wai‘anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center

Contact Information

Martin Chong

Health Education Non-Credit Program Coordinator