This programme prepares students to be part of the healthcare team by training them – through didactic, practical, simulated practicum and clinical practicum sessions to draw small quantities of blood by multiple methods from varied anatomical sites. Through our on-site clinical practicum component, students obtain hands-on, blood-letting experience under the supervision of expert phlebotomists. This clinical practicum component ends after each student has independently performed 100 successful blood collection procedures and deemed competent – through rigorous assessments – by phlebotomy assessors.

Students are also exposed to, among other things, IV access, point-of-care testing (theory and practical), and standard protocols to collect, handle and transport other human specimen.


COSTAATT administers the only Phlebotomy Programme which is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT).

COSTAATT has a complete range of laboratories and equipment to expertly administer the programme.

The programme consists of an extensive clinical practicum component ensuring that our graduates are able to practice independently upon completion.

It is the only local programme containing a Point of Care Testing Component.

The programme is conducted by a range of qualified experienced faculty.



Applicants to the phlebotomy programme must be a minimum of 18 years old.

Five (5) CSEC (CXC)/GCE O’Level subjects, inclusive of English A, mathematics and a science subject, Grades 1,2,3* or A,B,C.

*Grade 3 accepted if attained in June 1998 or beyond

Applicants who possess CAPE or A’Level qualifications may be considered for advanced standing (the award of credits towards your degree programme).



    Contact Admissions

    16 weeks (PT)

    City Campus/South Campus



                                                COURSES IN THE MAJOR                                                                         CLINICAL PRACTICUM

    PHLB 101 Introduction to Phlebotomy 3 PHLB 106 Phlebotomy Practicum 3
    PHLB 102 Communication Health and Safety in Phlebotomy Practice 3 Total Number of Credits Required 3
    PHLB 103 Infection Prevention and First Aid 2
    PHLB 104 Specimen Collection Preservation and Transportation 4
    PHLB 105 Advanced Topics in Phlebotomy 3
    Total Number of Credits Required 15

    The table below provides a summary of fees payable to the College. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to receive government’s GATE funding for tuition expenses listed hereunder.

    Fees Citizens Caricom International Per
    Applications: Paper-based $25.00 $25.00 $25.00 Application
    Applications: Online Free Free Free Application
    Registration $80.00 $80.00 $80.00 Semester
    Tuition $300.00 $400.00 $750.00 Credit
    Administrative Fee $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Semester
    Technology $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Semester
    Student Insurance $30.00 $30.00 $30.00 Annum
    Student Guild $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Annum

    Included in the college fees, is basic insurance coverage for accident and injury. However, CARICOM and international students are also required to secure additional insurance to cover medical expenses.

    All students of COSTAATT are required to pay an annual insurance fee of $30.00. Completed student insurance forms must be submitted to the College at the beginning of the first semester in which students register for the academic year. Coverage is restricted to students who are between ages 16 to 65.

    The College accepts the following methods of payment:

    • Cash
    • LINX
    • Visa/Master card
    • Certified/Manager’s cheque

    Institutional fees are non-refundable. Students who officially withdraw from the College may be eligible for a refund of tuition fees in accordance with the schedule outlined in the Academic Calendar. Please note that students in receipt of GATE funding are not eligible for tuition refunds.


    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE)

    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses programme (GATE) provides free tuition to all eligible citizens of Trinidad and Tobago pursuing approved programmes at public and private tertiary level institutions. Information on eligibility and conditions for accessing GATE funding is available at the Ministry of Education website at:

    Students must note that GATE funding is available for the duration of their course of study and one year beyond. Students who fail to complete their programme within the stipulated time frame will be required to meet the cost of programme completion.

    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) programme is a one hundred per cent, tuition fee funding programme offered by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to apply, and students must be registered in a course of study leading to a tertiary level qualification.

    For further information on the GATE programme please visit the website of the Ministry of Education.

    The vast majority of the College’s programmes are eligible for GATE.


    Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP)

    The Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) is a special loan facility made available to citizens of Trinidad and Tobago who are enrolled in an approved tertiary level programme at a registered tertiary institution to meet the following expenses:

    • tuition fees
    • accommodation
    • airfare and other transportation costs
    • personal maintenance costs and living expenses
    • books and related materials
    • special equipment
    • other related tertiary expenses

    For further information on the Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) students can visit the Ministry of Education website at:


    Payment Plans

    Payment plans are available, please contact the Office of the Registrar for further details:

    To be awarded the Certificate in Phlebotomy, students must successfully complete 18 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0, according to the following distribution:

    Courses in the major area of study 15 credits
    Total credits in the major area of study 15 credits
    Clinical Practicum  3 credits
    Total Credits Required for Graduation  18 credits

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      Supporting Documents

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