Diagnostic Technician Certificate Program

The Diagnostic Technician (DT) Certificate Program consists of five courses:

  • Medical Terminology (BIT103)
  • Human Communication (COM103)
  • EKG Technician (DTC102)
  • Phlebotomy (Fundamentals [DTC104], followed by a three week Practicum/Internship course [DTC204])

Due to the very limited number of seats (12) in the Phlebotomy courses, students are advised to complete the other three courses before taking Phlebotomy.

Students should also matriculate (official enroll) into the DT program as soon as they decide that they are going to pursue this certificate by contacting the Admissions Office. One of the requirements for matriculation into this program includes attendance at a Diagnostic Technician or Health Science Information Session.

Information Sessions

Diagnostic Tech studentsAttendance to an information session is required for entry into the Diagnostic Technician Program (Phlebotomy course).

The Program

Accepted students must:

  • Pass a CORI/SORI (Criminal /Sexual Offender Record Information)
  • Meet the college medical and Immunization Requirements
  • Meet the Diagnostic Technician Program's Technical Standards (Physical and Behavioral Capabilities)
  • Attend a DT/Health Science Information Session (held several times every Spring and Fall)

Those accepted into the Diagnostic Technician Program and planning to complete the entire certificate (all five courses) may apply for financial aid. Students should contact the Financial Aid office for more information


These are the courses included in the Diagnostic Technician Certificate Program. Students are strongly advised to take Medical Terminology and Human Communication first before taking EKG and Phlebotomy.

Medical Terminology (BIT103) 3 credits
Students receive a thorough grounding in the language of basic medical terminology through a study of root words, prefixes and suffixes. Students are strongly advised to take this course before EKG and Phlebotomy.

Human Communication (COM103) 3 credits
Students learn those strategies and techniques to effectively communicate with other professionals and with patients to facilitate the potentially stressful diagnostic experience for patients.

EKG Technician (DTC 102) 2 credits
This course prepares the student to function as an Electrocardiography (EKG/ECG) Technician. Through classroom and laboratory practice, this course prepares the student with entry-level competencies to perform Electrocardiographic diagnostic tests. These skills can be used in both inpatient and outpatient settings, including hospitals, clinics, and Physician offices. Students are also prepared to sit for the national Certification exam held after completion of the course.

Phlebotomy: Fundamentals of Phlebotomy course is then followed by a three week Practicum course.

  • Fundamentals of Phlebotomy (DTC104) 6 credits
    This is a full semester course where the students will engage in both classroom learning and lab practice. The students must complete DTC 104 with a grade of 75% or better, and successfully demonstrate phlebotomy skill proficiency. With faculty recommendation, those eligible students will continue on to the Practicum course
  • Phlebotomy Practicum (DTC204) 2 credits
    The Practicum course is an externship which runs three weeks full time (Monday–Friday, 8 hours per day) to prepare the student to function as a phlebotomist in a professional healthcare setting. There are also three seminars that the students will attend during this period; the seminars are held at the College. Upon successful completion of the Practicum, the student will also be eligible to become nationally certified by taking the American Society of Clinical Pathologists’ Phlebotomy Certification Exam.

For more information regarding the Diagnostic Technician Program, call 774.330.4489 or 774.330.4452. For questions regarding Admissions and matriculation into this program, please contact the Office of Admissions.

Diagnostic Tech students

For additional information regarding the Diagnostic Technician program: 

Pauline Philie
Program Coordinator

Kate Denver
Administrative Assistant