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Frequently Asked Questions

Due to classes running continuously, we meet prospective students by appointment only during our hours of 10:00am-6:00pm Monday through Friday. To make an appointment, please contact our Admissions Coordinator, at (614) 262-6691 or by email at
While you are on campus at OSP, there is no required dress code as long as you are wearing lab-appropriate clothes. We ask that long hair is pulled back away from the face and closed toed shoes are worn. If you are in a program where phlebotomy is practiced, sleeves should be able to expose the bend of the arm easily. Scrubs are encouraged, but not required in the programs. If you are attending a clinical externship, you will be required to wear clinical externships on the last day of class during final skills assessments and to the entirety of your externship. Any color and style is fine, as long as the scrubs are clean and professional. Some externship sites will require a lab coat in addition to scrubs.
The Certified Phlebotomy Technician program (CPT) through NHA is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). NHA has been approved by the state of California to offer national certification in Phlebotomy, thus qualifying applicants to apply for their state licensure. Therefore, this certification is transferable to all states within the United States. The cost to sit for the exam is $105 plus applicable taxes, and there is an option to spend $40-$56 on the recommended NHA study guide. The exam is taken at the Ohio School of Phlebotomy and our staff will publicize dates available to sit for the exam. You will need to register by going to and paying for your exam through their site.
If you enroll in one of our phlebotomy courses, you will receive a certificate of completion in phlebotomy. This is the same for all schools that teach phlebotomy, including technical colleges and community colleges. We are an approved certificate program through the State Board of Career Colleges and Schools. This certificate is all that is needed to work in the field of phlebotomy in Ohio. Phlebotomy certification is not required to work in the field, but other schools require you to sit for a national certification. This will give you CPT (Certified Phlebotomy Technician) credentials after your name. We do not require this but instead left it optional for you, the student. Again, it is not required to work in the field. Our national certification is through National Healthcareer Association (NHA) that offers an accredited CPT exam. For our medical assisting course, we do offer students the opportunity to sit for the national exam at no additional cost because we find that in this career, a certification is almost always required by employers when they hire a medical assistant. Certificate of Completion from our school will be given at the end of the program, and National Healthcareer Certification as a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) will be given after you have passed the nationally certifying exam if you choose to sit for the exam at the end of class. After graduating our EKG Technician training course, you will have the option to sit for the National Healthcareer Association exam to become a CET, Certified EKG Technician if you choose to seek those additional credentials, which are not required to work in the field.
We are located in Columbus, Ohio, in the Clintonville neighborhood near the intersection of North High Street and West Henderson Road. Our address is 17 Aldrich Road, Columbus OH 43214. Parking is across the street on Aldrich at the Maple Grove United Methodist Church parking lot. Walk directly across Aldrich and enter in the front door. There are classrooms and labs throughout the building, and the admissions and advising office located in Suite D, up the stairs and to the right.
If you are in an externship program, and depending on where your clinical assignment is located, you may be required to complete a background check, health physical, current TB test, or other requirements. All fees associated are extra costs to the student. Most of our clinical placements only require a TB test that can be done at any local clinic. OSP estimates that additional costs to externship students will be between $20-$80, depending on which site you are assigned to and what documentation you already possess.
The cost of all required supplies is included in the cost of the programs at OSP, so you will not need to purchase any supplies to utilize in class. We encourage you to purchase a pair of scrubs if you do not already own a pair, however they are not required for class so this cost is optional. If your externship site requires a labcoat to be worn, these may be purchased on your own or borrowed from the school for a refundable $40 deposit.
You do not need to pay for the entire class tuition and fees upfront, with the exception of the registration fee which must be paid upon registration for the class to secure your seat and is non-refundable. We offer a variety of payment plans that make it easy to start. We can also customize a payment plan for you. We require that all tuition and fees are paid in full by the last day of class. We do not accept federal financial aid. We use Paypal for your convenience and ease of payment.
You can register online, by mail, or by fax for phlebotomy, EKG Technician, or medical assistant classes or for our Red Cross or continuing education workshops. Simply fill out the registration form online or on paper for the class you are interested in and pay the non-refundable registration fee. This will hold a spot in the class. If you need help downloading the form or registering, please contact our office at 614-262-6691 or email
We offer two different Phlebotomy Programs to suit your experience level, learning style, and schedule. Our 4-week Accelerated Phlebotomy Course is designed for those with experience in the medical field, and our 6-week Phlebotomy training course is perfect for beginners or experienced professionals wanting to cover the topic in more depth. The cost for Accelerated Phlebotomy course is $650 and the cost for Phlebotomy is $750. This includes the registration fee, tuition and books/materials. Our EKG Technician Program is $650, including registration. The cost of the Certified Clincial Medical Assistant course is $1800, including registration. If you have phlebotomy experience, our one day Paramedical Examiner/Wellness Screener Workshop is a great option to build your credentials. This workshop is $200 including registration. If you need a BLS certification, we offer one day Red Cross Adult CPR/AED/First Aid classes for $90.
The easiest way to register for a class is using the online registration form and payment portal. You are also welcome to come into the school and register in the admission office or to mail a paper form to the school. Registration payments are required to hold your seat on the roster for the class of your choice, and can be paid online, or in person using cash, check, money order, or credit/debit. Students may also mail registration fees to the school using check or money order, although your seat cannot be guaranteed until the payment is received. Registration fees are nonrefundable after 3 business days.
The name says it all. We are committed to a high quality phlebotomist training program. We have a proven technique that makes phlebotomy easy and fun to learn. We are very hands-on and students draw blood on the very first day of class! Our clinical externships are at local hospitals, clinics and labs where you will gain valuable experience drawing blood on actual patients of all ages. This is great experience and exactly what employers are looking for. We place you in the externship. We do not make you find your own or perform an "in-house" clinical. These are not what employers are looking for. They want you to have actual clinical experience and so should you! We offer all students the opportunity to become certified phlebotomists through the National Healthcareer Association if they choose to sit for the exam.
The Phlebotomy and Accelerated Phlebotomy programs feature the same curriculum and both result in a certificate in Phlebotomy. The Phlebotomy program meets twice a week for 6-weeks, followed by a mandatory 40-hour clinical externship, and is suitable for any experience level, ranging from those who are new to the medical field up to those who have extensive clinical experience under their belts. The Accelerated Phlebotomy program is intended only for those who have patient care experience for past training in the medical field, or a related field such as college level sciences. The Accelerated Phlebotomy program meets twice a week for four weeks and does not offer a clinical externship option.