Phlebotomy Frequently Asked Questions

This program provides 200 hours of training to prepare students for employment in the field. Upon completion, students should be able to safely perform procedures necessary for venipuncture and specimen collections. In addition, students who have successfully completed the program are prepared to take the National Health Career Association Certification Exam.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to register for this program?

  • Completed Durham Tech Continuing Education registration form
  • Proof of high school diploma or high school equivalency.
  • One of the following:
    • NCDAP Reading/English score of 136 or COMPASS Reading placement score of 70 or better (within the last five years).
    • Proof of successful completion of Reading 80 or 90, or DRE 097, or EFL 073
    • Transcript showing successful completion of a college-level English course (ENG 111 or higher)
  • College graduates only need to provide proof of degree/diploma.
  • Registration fee

Why do I have to take the NCDAP test?

The NCDAP is used to demonstrate your college reading level. A Reading/English score of 136 on the NCDAP is required for acceptance into the course.


May I submit unofficial transcripts?

Yes. Unofficial transcripts are accepted. If you are a Durham Tech student, please obtain your transcript from the Student Information and Records office at least one day prior to submitting your paperwork.


What other documents are required for the program?

Students must complete a criminal background check and provide proof of the following immunizations no later than the fourth week of class:

  • DTP/tetanus, polio, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), varicella
  • Negative TB skin test. (If TB skin test is positive, student must show proof of latent TB infection.)

Is there a required textbook?

Yes. The required textbooks can be purchased at the Durham Tech Bookstore.

  • Phlebotomy: Wrktxt & Procedures Man, 4th edition, Warekois, Elsevier – Health Sciences Division, ISBN: 9780323279406
  • Complete Phlebotomy Exam Review, Bennett, Elsevier Health, ISBN: 9781416053316

Students must also have:

  • Hunter green scrubs and puncture resistant closed toe shoes (as required by instructor during clinical lab).

How much does the NHA exam cost? Where can I take it?

The exam fee is $115. Once you have completed the program, you may register for the exam on the National Healthcare Association (NHA) website. Durham Tech students may take the test at the college’s Northgate Mall location. Two weeks prior to the end of the course, your instructor will distribute instructions on how to register and pay for the exam. Students must pass the course with a 75 percent or better to sit for the NHA exam. Students cannot register for the exam if they have not passed the course.


How do I complete the criminal background check?

Directions on how to complete the background check will be given on the first day of class. Do not do this on your own! The results are forwarded to the clinical facility. If a student is denied placement at a clinical facility, the student will not be able to enter any clinical facility and will not be allowed to complete the course.

The investigation/screening results are forwarded directly to the health care facility designated as the student’s clinical site. Durham Tech is notified by the health care facility if the facility elects to deny the student access based on the results. Durham Tech does not receive the specifics of a denial. Durham Tech is not given a list of offenses that may prevent a student from attending clinical. The fee for the background check is $28.


How much does the program cost?

Registration fee: $312.25
NHA exam: $115
Criminal background check: $28
CPR fee: $3*
Total estimated cost: $458.25*

*CPR fee must be paid by money order on day of training.
**The cost of required textbooks is not included in the tuition. Fees subject to change.


What forms of payment are accepted?

  • American Express, Visa, Master Card, or Discover
  • Personal or company check
  • Money order
  • Third-Party authorization letter
  • Cash (accepted only at the Cashier’s Office, White Building entrance foyer, Main Campus, Building 1.)

What is the process if an agency (vocational rehabilitation, JOCCA, or WIOA) is paying for my course and/or books?

You must provide a copy of the authorization to pay letter from the agency along with your registration form. Registrations are not accepted if we do not have the letter of authorization. If you are receiving assistance for your books, you will also need to submit an authorization to pay letter to the Durham Tech bookstore.


Are there evening classes?

Yes. However, students enrolled in evening courses must participate in off-site clinical training during daytime hours only.


What if I still have questions?

Our Allied Health staff is happy to answer any questions you may have or assist you in registering for the Phlebotomy program. For additional information, call 919-536-7222, ext. 4313.