Which California Schools Offer Phlebotomy Certification?

Learn about phlebotomy schools in California. Get information about available programs and certification requirements to make an informed decision about your education. Schools offering Clinical Laboratory Science degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

There are several 2-year public school options for students seeking certificate training in preparation for careers and certification in phlebotomy in California. Programs generally require that applicants have professional CPR certification; students must also submit to a background check and provide proof of a physical exam and immunizations received. A prerequisite class in medical terminology and proof of liability insurance may also be required. These 1-2 semester programs blend lecture and lab learning, plus hands-on clinical practice. You may be able to take evening or weekend classes. Externships are sometimes offered. Read on to learn more about your options.

Phlebotomy Certificate Programs in California

College of the Canyons

  • Program Name: Phlebotomy Technician Proficiency Certificate
  • Program Length: 45 hours of lectures; 54 hours of lab work
  • Tuition: $46 per unit for California residents; $211 per unit for non-residents (includes enrollment fee, tuition and capital outlay fee; summer 2012)
  • Admission Requirements: Background check, healthcare professionals CPR certification, physical and immunizations
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 14,500 undergraduate students
  • Address: 26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd., Santa Clarita, CA 91355
  • Phone: 661-259-7800

You learn about blood-collecting techniques, patient preparation and the equipment used to draw blood samples. At the beginning of the program, you hone your skills in an on-campus skills lab before working at a clinical site under supervision. Lectures and labs cover topics like urinalysis collection, coagulation, immunology and microbiology.

Cuesta College

  • Program Name: Certificate of Specialization in Phlebotomy
  • Program Length: 1 semester full-time
  • Tuition: $46 per unit for California residents; additional $199 per unit for non-residents (fall 2012)
  • Admission Requirements: At least 18 years old, healthcare provider CPR certification, medical terminology course, background check, drug screen, immunizations and TB screening
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 10,800 undergraduate students
  • Address: Highway 1, San Luis Obispo, CA 93403
  • Phone: 805-546-3100 x3946

If you already have medical training as a registered nurse or medical assistant, for example, then this program is for you. It's offered at the school's San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles campuses. Courses at the San Luis Obispo campus are offered in the daytime or evenings. The program consists of two courses, a lecture course and a lab. In the lab course, you complete an externship, practicing skin punctures and venipunctures and observing arterial blood gases.

Long Beach City College

  • Program Name: Phlebotomy Certificate
  • Program Length: 2 semesters full-time
  • Tuition: $46 per unit for California residents; additional $183 per unit for non-residents (summer 2012)
  • Admission Requirements: At least 18 years old, immunization, healthcare providers CPR certification and background check
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 25,800 undergraduate students
  • Address: 4901 E. Carson St., Long Beach, CA 90808
  • Phone: 562-938-4111

The certificate program consists of a theory course and practicum. In the theory course, you learn about phlebotomy procedures and practice those procedures on a mannequin. In the practicum, you practice learned phlebotomy under supervision in a medical lab.

Saddleback College

  • Program Name: Phlebotomy Certificate
  • Program Length: 16 weeks full-time
  • Tuition: $46 per unit for California residents; $179 per unit for non-residents (fall 2012)
  • Admission Requirements: Minimum 18 years old, healthcare worker CPR certification, physical, liability insurance, immunizations and background check
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 22,600 undergraduate students
  • Address: 28000 Marguerite Pky., Mission Viejo, CA 92692
  • Phone: 949-582-4701

This program trains you to work as a phlebotomist in a clinic, laboratory or hospital. During your studies, you learn how to perform venipunctures, collect specimens and clean lab equipment. The curriculum also includes a 120-hour clinical experience.

Certification Requirements for Phlebotomists in California

You must be certified to work as a phlebotomist in California, and the state offers three phlebotomist certifications. The limited phlebotomy technician certification allows the holder to only perform skin punctures to collect blood, and the certified phlebotomy technician 1 certification (CPT 1) authorizes the holder to perform skin punctures and venipunctures. Finally, the certified phlebotomy technician 2 certification (CPT 2) lets the holder perform skin punctures, arterial punctures and venipunctures.

Certification requirements include graduating from high school, completing an approved phlebotomy training program, having related experience and passing an exam. The credential lasts for 2 years, and then you need to submit proof of completing 6 continuing education hours during that time to renew it. The California Department of Public Health lists approved phlebotomy certification exams on its site.

Salary and Employment Outlook for Phlebotomists

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) includes phlebotomists in its medical and clinical lab technicians category. The BLS projected that jobs for such technicians would increase 15% between 2010 and 2020. The BLS also reported that, in May 2011, there were about 16,700 clinical lab and medical technicians employed in California who earned a mean wage of about $43,400.

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