Eugene Edwards

Eugene Edwards, NR-P, BSN

EMS Program Director
(828) 652-0674 Office: Building 19, Room 213


The Phlebotomy Training Program is designed for entry-level phlebotomy technicians to train to draw blood for tests, transfusions, and research or blood donations. This course is offered in a web-assisted format.

This course provides theory and clinical experiences needed for the proper collection of blood and other specimens used for diagnostic testing. Emphasis is placed on ethics, legalities, medical terminology, safety and universal precautions, healthcare delivery systems, patient relations, anatomy and physiology, and specimen collection. Upon completion, students should be able to safely perform procedures necessary for specimen collections on patients in various healthcare settings and may be eligible for national certification as phlebotomy technicians.

Employment Data

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean wage for a phlebotomist is expected to grow 22% by 2030 and there are approximately 19,500 openings annually.

Median Annual Wage

The median annual wage for medical records and health information technicians is $37,380, approximately $17.97 per hour, depending on the geographic location.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Must be 18 years of age. High School Seniors graduating during the same semester they take the course are eligible if turning 18 before attending clinical with the approval of the Program Director.
  2. Must be a high school graduate or have GED. Please provide high school/GED transcripts or copy of high school diploma. Proof of advanced degree is acceptable.
  3. Completion of college level English (must provide transcript) or fulfill reading level requirement.

This program does require a 50 hour minimum clinical which is scheduled individually for each student.

Certification Opportunity

Students who complete the requirements of the program may be eligible to sit for the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians Certified Phlebotomy Technician exam and earn the CPT credential.