The phlebotomy certificate program trains students to perform phlebotomy procedures—the collection of blood for diagnostic testing. The curriculum at Oakton complies with standardized educational curricula and accepted routes for national certification, in preparation for qualification by national and state agencies.

Graduates of the phlebotomy certificate program are eligible to apply for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Phlebotomy Certification Exam. This certificate is a valuable credential for health care professionals, including nurses, medical assistants and physician assistants.

Admission Requirements 

Our phlebotomy certificate program is a limited enrollment program with specific admission requirements.

  • High school graduation or High School Equivalency certificate.
    • Foreign high school graduates or students with foreign college credits need to send English-translated copies of their transcripts to Educational Perspectives. Students with foreign college credits should request a catalog match.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Satisfactory interview with MLT faculty.

Those admitted will be required to submit a current and complete physical examination record, clear criminal background check and drug screen before registering in MLT 204.

Current and returning Oakton students should apply through the applicant dashboard (found in the New Student Information section) on the home page of their myOakton account.

Essential Skills

As a phlebotomy student, you will need to perform each of the following essential skills.

  • VISION: You are able to identify sizes and shapes and discriminate colors or shades.
  • COMMUNICATION: You are able to communicate fluently in English by oral means. This includes the ability to successfully receive and transmit information. You must also be able to read and follow instructions.
  • MOVEMENT: You need the ability to freely maneuver around the assigned laboratory work areas and patient care settings.
  • MOTOR SKILLS: You need to be able to safely and accurately perform blood drawing procedures. This includes, but is not limited to, lifting, operating instruments, and doing phlebotomy.
  • EMOTIONAL STABILITY: You will need to accurately perform duties in a stressful environment. This includes, but is not limited to identifying and responding to emergency and non-routine situations.

Certificate Information

The goal of the Phlebotomy Certificate program is to train individuals to perform phlebotomy procedures, the collection of blood for diagnostic testing. The curriculum at Oakton is in compliance with standardized educational curricula and accepted routes for national certification, in preparation for qualification by national and state agencies. This certificate is of value to health care professionals, including nurses.

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Job Outlook

The employment of phlebotomists is projected to grow 22 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.

About 19,500 openings for phlebotomists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

The median annual wage for phlebotomists was $36,320 in May 2020.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics


Meet Your Faculty and Experts

Lynne Steele
Chair, Medical Laboratory Technology, Pharmacy Technician, and Phlebotomy Programs
Professor of Medical Laboratory Technology

B.S. Northeastern Illinois University
M.T. Certificate Louis A. Weiss Hospital School of Medical Technology
M.S. Finch University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School
Office: Room 2160, Des Plaines

Nancy Heldt
Professor of Medical Laboratory Technology
B.S. Northeastern Illinois University
B.S. University of Illinois at Chicago
M.S. California State University at East Bay
Office: Room 2150, Des Plaines


Sandy Abermann
Laboratory Director
NorthShore University HealthSystem
Highland Park Hospital

Isabella Burnett
Phlebotomy Manager, Lab Services
Northshore University HealthSystems

Merle Essex
Illinois Education Coordinator
ACL Laboratories

Tyrie Gardner
MLS Program Director
Northshore University Health System

Ruth Kreyer
Education Coordinator
Microbiology Manager/Instructor
Mercy Hospital

Margaret Langguth
Director, Lab Services
Northshore University HealthSystems

Claudia Miller
Professor, Health Studies
National Louis University
Illinois North Shore Campus

Ignacio Bustamante Murcia
Laboratory Manager
St. Francis Hospital

Ramoncito A. Reyes
Director of Manufacturing
LifeSource Blood Services

Melissa Rho
Blood Bank Supervisor
North Shore University Health Systems

Sue Saccommano
Phlebotomy Supervisor
Resurrection Medical Center

Maria Saez-Buenaobra
Laboratory Manager

Larry Steinberg
Blood Bank Laboratory Clinical Instructor
Swedish Covenant Hospital

Deepika Zafar
Education Coordinator/Clinical Instructor

Lynne Steele
Chair, MLT Program
Chair, Advisory Committee
Oakton Community College

Ruth Williams
Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dean of Curriculum and Instruction

Licensure Requirements

Each state and territory has different licensure and certification requirements.  Oakton has researched and/or contacted state licensing authorities to confirm that the program meets the educational requirements leading to professional licensure.  Other licensure requirements may include professional certification exams, background checks, years of work experience, fingerprinting, etc.

Licensure information is reviewed and updated on this site in June of each year. Licensure information is reviewed and updated on this site in June of each year. As of July 1, 2020, we have determined that individuals that successfully complete Phlebotomy Certificate Program curriculum:

Meets the education requirements leading to licensure/certification in these states and U.S. Territories: Illinois

Does NOT meet the education requirements For licensure/certification in these states and U.S. Territories: 

We have not made a determination if the program curriculum meets the requirements for licensure/certification in these states and US Territories: Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada,New Hampshire, New Jersey,New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

If you intend to practice in any state other than Illinois, you should contact the appropriate licensing agency to independently verify whether Oakton’s program satisfies the educational requirements for licensure in a particular state before beginning Oakton’s program. Be aware that state licensure requirements may change from time-to-time and that states may have conditions for licensure in addition to educational requirements.

This information is provided to meet the Disclosure Requirements for Academic Programs Leading to Professional Licensure or Certification.

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Health Career Advisor

Lynne Steele
Distinguished Professor and Program Chair, MLT