Phlebotomy Program

Phlebotomy Program


Dear Prospective Healthcare Program Students,

During this challenging pandemic, the KCC Health Education Non-Credit Unit (HENC) has numerous short-term training courses called RHEP-Rapid Healthcare Education Programs. We hope this page is informative as you contemplate upskilling or changing careers.

It is important that you attend a mandatory program Information Session for each program you are interested in. Due to social distancing and online delivery of programs in the near future, some details related to applying and registering for the program you are interested in may not be accurate on this web page. The Information Session via Zoom WILL have all the correct instructions you need.

You must attend the mandatory program Information Session(s) via Zoom and qualify for program entry in order to participate in these programs. Please refer to the RHEP Information Session Schedule

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 phlebotomy program has two options – apprenticeship or internship options. Both programs start with a 110-hour classroom course taught on campus in the evenings and weekends.

The apprenticeship option is open to those already working as a phlebotomist. The internship option is open to those who are seeking employment. If you are not yet employed as a phlebotomist, we will provide job-seeking assistance at the Information Session. If you are hired prior to the start of the classroom course, you will qualify for the apprenticeship option. Those who register for the internship option will complete a 100-hour daytime internship immediately following the successful completion of the classroom course in a clinic, hospital or patient service center. The internship schedule is for 2.5 weeks, at 40 hours per week. The apprenticeship option excludes the 100-hour internship. It does include two additional classes – Computer Foundations and Customer Service.

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.

Fall 2020

  • Section Dates for Fall 2020: New dates to be announced soon. Recruitment of potential students will begin.
  • Meeting Days & Times: Thursdays & Fridays from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm; Saturdays from 1:30 pm to 6:30 pm
  • Tuition: Internship Track: $1,910 with liability insurance. Apprenticeship Track: No cost to students. Full tuition funding available through the U.S. Dept. of Labor,
Course Schedule
Session Dates

New dates to be announced soon. Recruitment of potential students will begin.

  w/ internship or apprenticeship hours to follow
Course Number HLTH3102
Times Thurs.—5:30pm to 9:30pm
Friday—5:30pm to 9:30pm
Sat.—1:30pm to 6:30pm
Location Via Zoom
Zoom Link

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 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 Kapi‘olani Community College (Kapi‘olani CC).  You may contact them at (808) 734-9144 for more info. A qualifying English placement score is required.

Please attend one of the following REQUIRED program information sessions listed below through Zoom. Program details and expectations and program application process will be discussed


October 1, 2020 Thursday 4:00pm-5:00pm Via Zoom
October 22, 2020 Thursday 4:00pm-5:00pm Via Zoom
November 12, 2020 Thursday 4:00pm-5:00pm Via Zoom


Zoom meeting link:

Or join with Zoom Meeting ID: 930 4729 9098

Immediately after paying tuition and being admitted to the program, students should begin to prepare for their clinical practicum requirements. These include obtaining the following items and should be submitted to the instructor by the first evening of class or as soon as possible thereafter:

  1. A copy of a current and valid adult CPR and First Aid certification cards from the American Heart Association.
  2. Required proof of immunizations:
    1. Mumps immunization (2) or titer (blood test)
    2. DPT immunization-within last 10 years
    3. Hepatitis B vaccines (at least 2). (3 is preferred) or titer (blood test)
    4. Measles immunization (2) or titer (blood test)
    5. Rubella immunization (2) or titer (blood test)
    6. Varicella immunization (2) or titer (blood test)
    7. Tetanus booster-within last 10 years
  3. 2-step TB skin test results or negative chest x-ray results. Hawai‘i State Department of Health will provide the 2-step TB skin test at no charge you must identify yourself as a Health Science student from Kapi‘olani CC, and that you are required to take the 2-step TB skin test.
Registration Procedure

Due to Pandemic, please attend an information session for the latest on registration procedures and program details.


A 100% refund is given if cancellation of enrollment is made at least ten (10) business days before the start date of the course.  A 50% refund is given if cancellation is made five to nine business days before the start of the program.  No refunds will be given if cancellation is made less than five business days prior to the start of the program.  Student Liability Insurance ($15) is non-refundable.

Financial Aid

Apprentices –A limited number tuition stipends are available to qualified students through the State Apprenticeship Expansion Grant from the Hawai‘i Department of Labor & Industrial Relations.

Federal loans will not be eligible for this non-credit program. Alternative or Private loans are another option to consider for financing this education. Alternative/Private loans are designed to help students with educational expenses that exceed other financial aid such as grants, scholarships, work-study, and federal loans. FAFSA is not required. Alternative loans are credit score based; therefore, a co-signer may be needed.  For detailed information regarding Alternative Student Loans, please contact your lender or financial institution directly.  Other options for financial assistance can be found through various community-based employment and training programs as well as military spouse benefits. Please contact the respective agencies for details.

  • Internship Track: $1,910 with liability insurance.
  • Apprenticeship Track: No cost to students. Full tuition funding available through U.S. Dept. of Labor
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 an 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 appropriate equipment for each sample.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of requisitioning, specimen transport, and specimen processing.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of quality assurance in phlebotomy.
  • Demonstrate an 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 Kapi‘olani Community College. Graduates will also be eligible to sit for the national certification examination provided by the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

Program Data:

  • National Certification Rate 2017-2019: 98%
  • Graduation Rate 2017-2018: 91%
  • Job Placement Rate 2017-2019: 91%

Contact Information


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