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Nursing students training on a practice arm for phlebotomy. 

First-year nursing students Tom Crawley (left) and Sherry Stewart practice palpating a vein for IV using a practice arm at Danville Community College.


New DCC health care education program to train phlebotomists in one semester


(Dec. 1, 2015) Do you want a job in health care, but don’t think you have the time or money to go back to school? In Danville Community College’s new phlebotomy program, students can learn how to draw blood from patients and become job-ready after just one semester of study.

DCC is partnering with Vista Clinical Diagnostics of Danville, and Go Docs, a home health care company, to offer the semester-long program starting in January 2016. Phlebotomists are responsible for collecting blood and other samples for laboratory analysis. They are employed by hospitals, blood donation centers, diagnostic laboratories, and nursing homes.

Drawing blood might sound like a vampire’s dream job, but it has a good outlook for humans, too: Nationally, employment in phlebotomy has an expected growth of 27% through 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It is a job that “can’t be outsourced? and will become increasingly in demand due to the aging population, said Paul Fox, DCC’s dean of arts and sciences.

Fox added, “Phlebotomy is a good entry point for other jobs in the health care profession.? For example, students may go on to pursue an associate degree in applied science to become a medical lab technician, and phlebotomy is a skill they will need to have, Fox said.

The classroom portion of the program will be held on DCC’s campus, while the clinical portion will be held at Vista’s lab and at home health care sites. Vista personnel will teach some of the courses.

The partnership came about, Fox explained, when “Vista approached DCC about offering courses in phlebotomy, and expressed a concern about being able to find enough adequately trained phlebotomists in Danville and Pittsylvania County for their operations. Vista and Go Docs are continuing to expand their services in the region, so DCC is, of course, willing to help in whatever way possible in order to provide more job opportunities for residents of our service area.?

Students will be able to choose from two sections of phlebotomy: A day class will be held Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. until noon, while an evening class will run Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. In order to complete the career studies certificate in phlebotomy, students will also need to take courses in medical terminology, human biology, and first aid/CPR. It is a credit program, and financial aid is available to students taking a full-time courseload of 12 credits or more. Classes begin January 11, 2016.

Student advising by appointment and registration for spring are going on through Dec. 11, 2015, and will resume Jan. 4-8. For more information, visit, call the DCC Hotline at 434.797.8442 or email


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