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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.

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.

Course Fee:  $1,295, includes uniform, textbooks, classroom supplies, CPR training, externship

Fall 2020

Please note: Class dates and times are currently TBD due to clinical site availability.

Dates: August 11, 2020 - January 15, 2021

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: TBD

Room: 106

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.