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Pictured are the Dec. 19 graduates of the phlebotomy training program at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology. Students were also inducted into the National Technical Honor Society at the graduation ceremony.

By county of residence, they are, from left, Minka Graybeal, Carter County; Monica Harriston; Washington County; Jessica Butters, Carter County; Autumn Rein Strickland, Avery County, N.C.; Olivia Hope Spears, Lee County., VA; Whitlee Maria Soto-Carroll and Karalyne Grace Shipley, Washington County; Alexandria Nicholle Orr, Sullivan County; Ashley Kay King, Unicoi County; Brittney Nichole Hofer, Sullivan County; Jessica Lynette Ellis, Carter County; William Andrew Carrington, Sullivan County; and Shellie Marie Barnes and Sarah McKenzie Banner, Washington County.

Students must be at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or equivalent and provide proof of CPR for the Health Care Provider Certification. In 432 clock hours of study to be completed over one trimester, students learn how to draw blood via venipuncture or skin puncture. Classes meet from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday. The course prepares students for the National Phlebotomy Certification Exam and employment as a phlebotomist.

The cost of the course is approximately $1,675, which includes tuition and fees, textbooks, scrubs and required liability insurance. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.

For additional information, telephone 423-543-0070 or visit to enroll online and obtain the 2019 phlebotomy training schedule.