Registration

Please attend a required information session first to be considered for program entry. Please also have a copy of your English competency prerequisite document ready to submit AFTER you attend the info session. They will be reviewed in the order received. A copy of your college transcript, qualifying placement test scores, degree or diploma will suffice.

Once a student qualifies for enrollment along with meeting the entry prerequisite, then registration information will be provided to the student.

Certificates & National Certification

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

Admissions

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 CC.  You may contact them at 808-734-9144 for more info.  Qualifying English placement score is required.

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

  • December 6, 2023      Wednesday         5:00pm-6:00pm          Via Zoom

  • January 10, 2024         Wednesday         5:00pm-6:00pm          Via Zoom

Zoom meeting link: https://tinyurl.com/KAP21RHEP

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 internship 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:

Required proof of immunizations:

  • Mumps immunization (2) or titer (blood test)
  • DPT immunization-within last 10 years
  • Hepatitis B vaccines (at least 2). (3 is preferred) or titer (blood test)
  • Measles immunization (2) or titer (blood test)
  • Rubella immunization (2) or titer (blood test)
  • Varicella immunization (2) or titer (blood test)
  • Tetanus booster-within last 10 years
  • COVID 19 full vaccination

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 but 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.

Spring 2024

January 22nd, 2024 to February 22nd, 2024
with 100-hour Clinical Internship to Follow

In-person classes meet on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 5:30pm to 9:30pm.

The Good Jobs Hawai‘i grant is available to those who qualify and will cover tuition costs. More info will be provided at the information session.

Program Overview

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 64-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

Contact Information

  • Phlebotomy Program Coordinator: Martin Chong (808) 734-9540
  • Phlebotomy Program Director: Shepherd Maingano, (808) 734-9231
  • Phlebotomy Instructors: Caroldean Cummings and Clarence Bermejo

Program Information

Tuition Cost and Financial Aid

The tuition cost for the program is $2,300 per student and includes the textbook and required student liability insurance. Financial assistance is available through the UH-Good Jobs Hawai‘i grant for those who qualify, which may cover a student’s full tuition. More detailed information will be provided at the scheduled information sessions.

Program Goals

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 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.
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

Program Outcomes

Graduation Rate

The table below shows the number of students who graduated from the program, as calculated by NAACLS guidelines based on students graduating that began the second half of the program.

Graduation Year
Number of students in the Phlebotomy Program
Number of students who graduated
Graduation Rate
2019/2020
7/1/19 - 6/30/20
24
24
24/24 (100%)
2020/2021
7/1/20 – 6/30-21
54
52
52/54 (96%)
2021/2022
7/1/21 – 6/30/22
74
66
66/74 (89%)

BOC-ASCP Pass Rate

National Certification Exam Pass Rate (percentage of students who passed ASCP BOC exam within one year of graduation with an AS MLT degree)

Graduation Year
Number of graduates
Number of students who passed the BOC-ASCP exam within one year of graduation
BOC-ASCP Pass Rate
2019/2020
7/1/19 - 6/30/20
13
12
12/13 (92%)
2020/2021
7/1/20 – 6/30-21
16
15
15/16 (94%)
2021/2022
7/1/21 – 6/30/22
15
15
15/15 (100%)

Placement Rate

National Certification Exam Pass Rate (percentage of students who passed ASCP BOC exam within one year of graduation with an AS MLT degree)

Graduation Year
Number of graduates
Number of students who were placed
Placement Rate
2019/2020
7/1/19 - 6/30/20
24
24
24/24 (100%)
2020/2021
7/1/20 – 6/30-21
52
52
52/52 (100%)
2021/2022
7/1/21 – 6/30/22
66
59
59/66 (89%)