Phlebotomy Training FAQs

What is Phlebotomy?

Phlebotomy literally means “to cut a vein” in Greek.  It is the process of making an incision (we call it a puncture) in a vein for the purpose of collecting blood.  A person who performs phlebotomy is termed a “Phlebotomist”.

What are the class times and schedules?

We offer Day, Evening, and Weekend schedules for most of our locations. Please click here to find a location that you are interested in attending and see what start times are available near you!

Do you offer any financial aid or payment plans?

At Phlebotomy Training Specialists, we understand that each person has a unique set of circumstances, and we offer a payment plan to accommodate all potential students. Because we are a private institution, we DO NOT accept financial aid, however, we DO accept vouchers from third-party payers who are willing to pay for private education.

Our payment plan works by requiring ONLY the deposit to register and secure a seat in class. Students will then have from the day they pay the deposit up until halfway through their class to pay their remaining balance.  We also allow and encourage registration up to 3 months in advance. This allows students ample time to make payments in order to be paid by the time their class starts.

We offer our students the freedom to decide when they would like to make payments and how much they would like to pay as long as the remaining balance is paid off by the halfway point of the class. Payments can be made conveniently online with any major credit card at any time through the Student Portal, or over the phone with Student Services.

If you are unable to make full payment by these deadlines, please call Student Services at 844-935-0965 to discuss available options for extension.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept all major debit/credit cards. All payments are done online through the website or over the phone with a Student Representative. We DO NOT accept cash or checks unless a 3rd party payer is paying for your tuition. If you have a 3rd party payer paying for your class, please contact before you begin the registration process.

What are the prerequisites?

In all of our locations, you must be at least 18 years old and have a High School Diploma (or the equivalent of a diploma) in order to register. Some states require that we have a copy of your Diploma or Equivalent on file. In order to see what is required for your state, please visit your location specific page!

Do you place me in a job after?

We do not offer job placement; however, you will receive exceptional training to help you get a job. During the course, your instructor will give advice on how to find and interview for potential phlebotomy jobs. Talk to your instructor about being listed as a reference for your resume! Instructors can even write students letters of recommendation to help students find work.

MANY places of employment reach out to PTS asking to hire our Phlebotomists, and we will always pass these leads on to you!

What if I don't like to have my own blood drawn?

We advise you to participate in having your blood drawn in order to understand what others experience when you will draw their blood. Instead of declining to participate at all, you may just limit the number of times you have your own blood drawn.  We adhere to the practice of “I stick you, you stick me” in the classroom, in order to provide our students with exceptional hands-on training. 

Am I able to miss class?

Attendance at every class is vital to your ability to take and pass the national exam. If unforeseen circumstances arise, we will do our best to work with you on making up what you miss. Because of the foundational material covered in the first and second days of class, these days are always mandatory. Please do your best to plan your schedule ahead of time to attend every class, as makeup classes may not be available until the next cohort of classes.

What is the VeinViewer™?

The VeinViewer™ utilizes Active Vascular Imaging Navigation technology (AVIN) to see through a patients skin, and provide you a real time digital map of their vessels. Phlebotomy Training Specialists is the only school in the United States to make the financial commitment to students to be able to utilize this cutting-edge technology equipment in the classroom setting.

When can I enroll? Is there a deadline?

There is no deadline for registration. As long as the course is displayed on our website – that means that it is open for you to register for it. Once the class fills up or starts, the course will automatically close and will no longer be displayed on the website.

How do I renew my phlebotomy certificate?

Students in locations excluding CA, LA, NV: Students will receive their national phlebotomy certification through the NHCO.

The NHCO can be reached at

California, Louisiana, & Nevada students; if you wish to renew your national phlebotomy certification you will need to contact the certifying body. In all cases in California, this will be done through the NHA. You can reach them at the following numbers. NHA – 800-499-9092. The state of CA does not require you to renew your certification in order to renew your phlebotomy license.

The renewal of your CA-issued state phlebotomy license, which is required by the state of CA, is done through the California Department of Public Health, Laboratory Field Services. Questions regarding this process should be directed to LFS through or by calling 916-558-1784.


Please reach out to the certifying agency directly that issued your certification if you would like to renew.

What certifying bodies do you use?

Phlebotomy Training Specialists encourages their students to challenge the NHCO Exam (National Healthcare Certification Organization) or the NHA Exam (National Healthcareer Association). If you have questions regarding these institutions please visit their websites:




Is a clinical externship required?

In the state of California and Nevada, yes, as it is required. Phlebotomy Training Specialists will assign you to your clinical externship. We have many externship sites available to complete this requirement and have you placed quickly. The externship is a total of 40 hours in California and 80 hours in Nevada, and must be completed in 1-2 weeks (Monday thru Friday, 8 hours per day).

Outside of these two states, students are not required to complete a clinical externship.  Our training program is built to combine the classroom and clinical experience in one which will enable you to receive your certification.

Where do I do my externship at?

For our students in California and Nevada, after you complete your allotted training time you will then be placed by our externship department into a clinical externship. We have numerous urgent cares, hospitals, and clinics that are contracted with us, and based on where you take your class and how far you are willing to drive, the externship department will give you options of where you could do your externship at.

How do I make a payment?

You can make a payment online through your student account or over the phone with one of our Student Representatives. To login to your student account go to, click on your course, and then click “Add a Payment”

How do I access my student account?

Go to and login with the email you used when you signed up for the course and the password you created. If you are having trouble logging in, contact Student Services at 701-404-9434.

Where do I take my test?
  • CA, LA, NV Students: You will be taking your test through the NHA (National Healthcareer Association) at one of their approved testing sites. This test will be taken after you complete your allotted training time and before your move on to do your clinical externship.
  • All other Students: You will be taking your test through the NHCO. The test will be administered to you on the last day of your class.
A 3rd party is going to be paying for my class, how do I set that up?

Please email our financial department at to get that all setup. They will respond within 1-2 business days.

Do I have to wear scrubs?

The only state where scrubs are required is Georgia. Scrubs will also be required in the Externship portion of class for California and Nevada. However, we highly recommend scrubs to all students. Students who choose not to wear scrubs should come dressed in conservative clothing with closed-toed shoes. Short sleeves are preferred to allow access to arms for blood drawing.

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