*Updated: August 2014

How do I apply for the program? 

Applicants must complete the A-B Tech application for admission at www.abtech.edu 

What must I do to qualify for admission?

Applicants must be high school graduates or have passed the GED. An official copy of the high school transcript or GED must be submitted to the program instructor during the program advising session. Applicants are eligible for admission if the Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score is 80 or higher and the Sentence Skills score is 86 or higher. Credit for RED 090/ENG 090, DRE 098, ENG 110 or ENG 111 may substitute for this requirement.

How do I register for PBT 100 and PBT 101?

Applications for spring and fall semesters will be accepted in the K. Ray Bailey Student Services Center on a first come, first served basis, on or after the first school day in April for the fall semester and the first school day in September for the spring semester. A maximum of 17 seats are available each semester on the main campus and an alternate list will be maintained for each semester once the first 17 seats have been filled. The Goodwill site will have 10 seats with a wait list. Applicants will be placed on the waiting list according to the date they complete a Placement Information (PI) form with an advisor. Waiting lists are not carried over to the next class and you must reapply each semester during the admissions process.

The Office of Admissions coordinates this process and you can call them at Bailey Student Service Center 828-398-7900 for more details. After you obtain a seat you will be given an acceptance letter with more detailed information. The acceptance letter will also list 2 advising session options where you can come to get registered by the Phlebotomy faculty advisors.

What are the corequisite courses?

PSY 118 Interpersonal Psychology OR PSY 150 General Psychology credit is required in the PBT program. If you plan to pursue a 2 year or 4 year degree later we recommend PSY 150 for transfer credit. This can be taken before or at the same time as the PBT courses. The PBT instructor can register you for this PSY class at the same time as the PBT courses.

What are the program costs and what about financial aid?

It costs approximately $1,100-$1,400 for tuition, books, uniforms, CPR class, medical exam, immunizations, etc. Costs may vary depending on if you need the PSY class and/or extra immunizations. Due to the length of the program, the phlebotomy certificate is not eligible for financial aid.  Tuition cost can be divided into 3 payments over the time frame of the semester.

*The college refund policy applies if a student drops the program after being denied clinical site privileges.

What are the PBT class, lab and clinic schedules?

ABTCC Main Campus class- We meet 2.5 hours a week for lecture 9am-11:20am (M/W), 1 afternoon for lab (either Mon 3pm-4:50pm OR Wed 3pm-4:50pm), and you have 9 hours of clinic per week on Tuesdays or Thursdays or both (two half days on Tu/Thurs or one long day Tu OR Thurs). There are no class or clinic meetings on Fridays.

Goodwill Campus class- We meet 2.5 hours a week for lecture 12pm-2:20pm (T/Th), 1 afternoon for lab (either Tues 3:30pm-5:20pm OR Thurs 3:30pm-5:20pm), and you have 9 hours of clinic per week on Mondays or Wednesdays or both (two half days on M/Wed or one long day Mon OR Wed). There are no class or clinic meetings on Fridays.

PBT Program Course Requirements

Course                                                 Title                             12 Credit Hours Total

PBT 100                       Phlebotomy Technology                     6

PBT 101                       Phlebotomy Practicum                        3

PSY 118                       Interpersonal Psychology                   3


PSY 150                       General Psychology                             3