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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.

Covid-19 Vaccination Requirements

Per the requirements of our clinical site partners, all Phlebotomist students are required to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination(s) prior to beginning any externship. No exceptions will be made.


Please Note: Our previously scheduled Phlebotomy class (set to begin August 10) has been postponed due to instructor availability. We hope to run it later in the Fall. Please contact Ian Green if you are interested in being added to the wait list.

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


Students must successfully complete the classroom Basic Phlebotomy to be permitted to attend the Advanced Phlebotomy portion of the program, then proceed to a one-week unpaid externship. Students successfully completing the Phlebotomy Program (basic, advanced, and externship) will 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-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.

FALL 2022

Basic & Advanced / Skills Didactic Classes

Dates: TBD (See top of page for more info)

Days: Monday & Wednesday

Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Room: 106


Required 40-hour externships begin at completion of Basic and Didactic classes. A student will be scheduled each week to complete their externship.

Date Range: TBD

Days: Monday - Friday, 40 hours per week

Time Range: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm (start time varies with lab location)

Fee: $1,335, includes uniform, textbooks, classroom supplies, CPR training, and externship

Prerequisite: Must be 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. Per the requirements of our clinical site partners, all Phlebotomist students are required to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination(s) prior to beginning any externship. No exceptions will be made.

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.