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Important Qualities To Have

Compassion. Some patients or clients are afraid of having their blood drawn, so phlebotomists should be caring in performing their duties.

Detail oriented. Phlebotomists must draw the correct vials of blood for the tests ordered, track vials of blood, and enter data into a database.  Attention to detail is necessary; otherwise, the specimens may be misplaced or lost, or a patient may be injured.

Dexterity. Phlebotomists work with their hands, and they must be able to use their equipment efficiently and properly.

Hand–eye coordination. Phlebotomists draw blood from many patients, and they must perform their duties successfully on the first attempt, or their patients will experience discomfort.


Phlebotomists collect blood samples and units for laboratory tests, transfusions, donations, or research.

**Application required.  Applications are available in the Counseling Office, Room 402, or click here to download the application.  Deadline for applications is August 16th.  Orientation and Reading Comprehension Testing will be held at 6:00 pm on August 27, AND August 29, in Room 106.  You must attend on either of these nights.  Orientation and Testing are required for application into the Phlebotomy program.

Students must successfully complete the on-campus Basic Phlebotomy to be permitted to attend the Advanced Phlebotomy portion of the program, then proceed to a one- to two-week unpaid externship. Students successfully completing the Phlebotomy Program (basic, advanced, and externship), receive completion certificates. To complete the certification process, students take a national exam and apply for State Licensing. Students should be aware that blood withdrawal techniques are practiced on classmates throughout this course. Students must provide the following documentation to the State of California to be licensed: Proof of high school graduation through transcripts (U.S. or translated foreign) or GED (English version) and a background check.


Additional consecutive one- to two-week externship required – (externship may not directly follow classroom end dates due to clinical site availability). A physical exam is required, at the student’s expense, after registration into the program.

Prerequisites: 18 years or older, speak, read, write English at 12th grade US high school level. A reading comprehension test will be given on the first night of class.  Additionally, a background check may be required for any externships and licensing, certification, or registration with the CDPH.

Evening phlebotomy course

Course Fee:  $1,235 includes uniform, textbooks, and all classroom supplies

Dates:  September 3, 2019 - December 10, 2019

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             6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

              Room 106


Note: Extern dates may vary based on individual contracts and assignments.

A background check may be required for externships, clinicals and licensing, certification or registration with the appropriate governing board.

Job Duties

Phlebotomists typically do the following:

    Draw blood from patients and blood donors
  Talk with patients and donors to help them feel less nervous about having their blood drawn
  Verify a patient’s or donor’s identity to ensure proper labeling of the blood
  Label the drawn blood for testing or processing
  Enter patient information into a database
  Assemble and maintain medical instruments such as needles, test tubes, and blood vials

Work Environment

Phlebotomists work mainly in hospitals, medical and diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers, and doctors’ offices.  Phlebotomists who collect blood donations sometimes travel to different offices and sites in order to set up mobile donation centers.

Work Schedule

Most phlebotomists work full time.  Some phlebotomists, particularly those who work in hospitals and labs, may need to work nights, weekends, and holidays.