Upon successful completion of PHB-101, students may enroll in PHB-102 Phlebotomy Externship Course. Students receive clinical experience during PHB-102.

Before clinical assignments can be made, students must obtain and/or provide:

Physical Examination, complete the 2-step Tuberculosis (TB) test, and titers for viral conditions

Students are required to obtain a physical examination. The student is responsible for the cost of the physical examination, and all of the tuberculosis testing, blood test titers for Rubella, Rubeola, Mumps, and Varicella, and hepatitis B, immunizations specified in the phlebotomy student handbook and during Phlebotomy orientation session.

Drug Screen

Students are required to submit to and successfully complete a specific 10-panel drug screen. Unsuccessful completion of the drug screen requirement may prohibit a student from receiving a clinical assignment, pending physician review of the results.

Health insurance

Students are required to have personal health insurance for the duration of their clinical rotation.

Criminal Background Checks

To comply with certain state statutes and/or clinical affiliation agreements, students are required to successfully complete a criminal background check. A “clear’ criminal background result is required in most cases.

CPR Training

Students are required to be CPR for Health Care Providers or BLS certified via the American Heart Association.

Flu Shot

Students attending must provide document of yearly flu shot

Medcom Modules

Students must complete 11 required medcom modules with 80 % or better prior to leaving PHB 101.

Tdap vaccine

Students must obtain a Tdap vaccine in the last 10 years.

For further questions about the health requirements prior to clinical rotation please reference the phlebotomy student handbook. All health requirements will be upload to the complio website:

Service Work

Per NAACLS accreditation standard “Service work by students in clinical settings outside of academic hours must be noncompulsory.”  Students attending the phlebotomy clinical internship, PHB-102, do not participate in service work as stated in the PHB-102 Syllabus and Harper College Phlebotomy Student Handbook.

Students may work at a clinical site if that is also their employment. However, any work hours for which the student is paid may NOT be counted as clinical hours.  Students may NOT be substituted for regular staff during their student experiences.

Rotation and Facilities

The clinical rotations include 120 clock hours of training and minimum of 100 successful unaided blood draws at one of the program's clinical affiliate sites. Clinical internship rotations are staggered throughout the semester and assignments are decided by early completion of all pre-clinical requirements. Whoever completes pre-clinical requirement first, selects a clinical assignment first, including dates and location. Most students end up with their first or second choice of clinical assignment.

Harper College hosts clinical internships at high-quality health care facilities including:

  • Advocate Sherman Hospital, Elgin and Advocate Good Shepard, Barrington
  • DuPage Medical Group, Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Hoffman Estates, Lombard, Bloomingdale, Elgin
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago
  • Northwestern Medicine Central Dupage Hospital, Winfield
  • Northwest Oncology and Hematology, Barrington & Rolling Meadows
  • St. Alexius Medical Center, Hoffman Estates
  • St. Joseph’s, Elgin
  • Northshore University Health Systems, Highland Park
  • Northwest Community Hospital, Arlington Heights
  • LabCorp various sites
  • Quest Diagnostics various sites
Last Updated: 4/5/22