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Phlebotomy/EKG Technician

Have you ever wondered if a career in healthcare is for you? Allegany College of Maryland's Phlebotomy/EKG Technician certificate program may be your answer. Let our one-semester program train you for an exciting and flexible career in the medical field.


Technician Drawing Blood from PatientOur one-semester certificate program provides you with the instruction and practical experience you need to work in hospitals, doctor’s offices, clinics, and nursing homes as an entry level phlebotomist or EKG technician. 

Our program covers a variety of topics, including: proper phlebotomy techniques, orientation to laboratory equipment, specimen preparation for lab testing, transportation of specimens to reference laboratories, lab safety, and an understanding of the circulatory system. You'll also learn how to perform electrocardiograms correctly and recognize a normal heart rhythm. You'll identify basic and life-threatening arrhythmias and discern when to report abnormal findings to physicians.

Our Phlebotomy/EKG Technician certificate program is a career program designed to prepare you for employment upon program completion. Successful completion of our program qualifies you to apply for a College Certificate in Phlebotomy/EKG Technician. All program applicants should meet the criteria of the Allied Health Program Essential Functions. If you plan to transfer to a four-year educational institution, please check with your advisor and the Student Success Center

Students should be aware of the specific state and/or regulatory requirements pertaining to any job for which they wish to apply.  Requirements vary between states and agencies regarding the need for and type of certification necessary for employment.

The ACM Phlebotomy/EKG Technician certificate is designated as a Health Manpower Shortage Program by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). Maryland residents from counties other than Allegany County who register in this eligible program will be charged the out-of-county tuition rate. However, these students may be eligible to receive reimbursement for a portion of the cost difference between the in-county and out-of-county tuition rates. Funding availability for this program is based on funding from the state of Maryland and is thus subject to change each semester. Some restrictions apply. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

Course Info

As a Phlebotomy/EKG Technician program student, you'll expand your knowledge and gain career training through a variety of challenging courses, including:

Introduction to Health and Wellness

  • Covers basic concepts useful in healthcare
  • Reviews wellness issues for patients and health care workers, including infection control and body mechanics
  • Introduces medical ethics and professional conduct
  • Explores patient communication and teamwork principles
  • Reviews proper eating habits and principles of fitness as well as stress and time management
  • Teaches patient awareness of healthy lifestyle options and wellness to enhance recovery and everyday life

Phlebotomy Technician

  • Provides instruction  and classroom laboratory experience in routine phlebotomy practices
  • Reviews proper techniques for performing basic venipunctures and preparing lab specimens for testing

EKG Technician

  • Reviews the responsibilities of becoming an EKG technician
  • Covers how to perform 12 lead EKG’s, place Holter Monitors on patients, and recognize basic cardiac arrhythmias
  • Discusses cardiovascular anatomy and physiology, electrophysiology, terminology and pharmacology, electrocardiography (EKG testing) and basic interpretation, and Holter monitoring

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid

Electives - Please  meet with your advisor to discuss your elective choices.


A full listing of program courses and their descriptions can be found in the credit catalog.

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Career Info

Phlebotomy/EKG Technician program graduates enjoy enriching and rewarding careers as:

  • EKG Technicians
  • Phlebotomy Technicians
  • Opportunities are available in hospitals, health clinics, labs, and physician offices.

Certifications vary from state to state, please check with the state where you plan to work.


National certification is optional in Maryland for Phlebotomy Technicians.

National certification is optional in Maryland for EKG Technicians.


View Salary Information from the U.S. Dept. of Labor

Career Coach - Helping Students Set Career Goals

Faculty/Staff Info
Cheryl Gilton, Director of Allied Health Technician Programs and Allied Health

Technologies 140

R.N., King's Daughter's Hospital School of Nursing

B.S.N., University of Maryland

M.Ed., Frostburg State University

Rhonda Niland, Instructor

Allied Health 113

A.A., Allegany College of Maryland


Calvin Tracy, Instructor

Allied Health 113

Bio Systems Institute

A.A., Allegany College of Maryland


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