Interested in a job in healthcare? Check out Phlebotomy.  This program provides education and skills training for students who are interested in pursuing a career as a Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT-1).  

About the Program

To become a Phlebotomist, you will need to complete the required coursework* (ALH 00010 and ALH 00011) concurrently in one semester along with a 40-hour externship* working in the laboratory setting.

Upon successful completion of ALH 00010 and ALH 00011, you will be eligible to sit for the required phlebotomy examination in order to apply to become a Certified Phlebotomy Technician I (CPT 1) with the state of California.

* The educational content and completion hours are mandated by the State of California, so attendance is required for all didactic and lab sessions.

Prerequisites to Apply

There are no prerequisites to apply for the Phlebotomy Program.

Program Requirements

These are the essential functions required of ALL medical Phlebotomy students:

Motor Capability

  1. Move from room to room and maneuver in small places.
  2. Transfer patients who may require physical assistance.
  3. Guard and assist patients with ambulation.
  4. Lift and carry up to 50 pounds and exert up to 100 pounds force for push/pull.
  5. Squat, bend/stoop, reach above shoulder level, kneel, use standing balance and climb stairs.
  6. Use hands repetitively; use manual dexterity.
  7. Adjust, apply and clean therapeutic equipment.
  8. Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
  9. Travel to and from academic and clinical sites.
  10. In the average clinical day, students sit 1-2 hours, stand 6-7 hours and travel 1-2 hours.

Sensory Capability

  1. Coordinate verbal and manual instruction.
  2. Assess a client 10 feet away to observe a client’s posture and respond to treatment.
  3. Respond to a timer, alarm or cries for help.
  4. Monitor vital signs.
  5. Hearing, visual and tactile ability sufficient to assess patient status and perform treatments. Examples: color changes in skin, hear heart or lung sounds.

Communication Ability

  1. Communicate effectively in English with patients, families and other health care providers, both verbally and in writing. Examples: explain treatment procedures, teach patient and families, and document in medical records.
  2. Effectively adapt communication for intended audience.
  3. Interact, establish rapport with individuals, families and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds.
  4. Assume the role of a health care team member.
  5. Function effectively under supervision.

Problem Solving Ability

  1. Function effectively under stress.
  2. Test taking within predefined time constraints.
  3. Respond appropriately to emergencies.
  4. Adhere to infection control procedures.
  5. Demonstrate problem solving skills in client care (measure, calculate, reason, prioritize and synthesize data).
  6. Use sound judgment and safety precautions.
  7. Address problems or questions to the appropriate person at the appropriate time.
  8. Organize and prioritize tasks.
  9. Follow policies and procedures required by clinical and academic settings.

Phlebotomy Skills

To be a Phlebotomist, you should:

  • Have great verbal and written communication skills
  • Work well both independently and in a team
  • Follow directions, multi-task and observe details well
  • Be comfortable using a computer

Phlebotomy Duties

  • Preparing patient for blood draw
  • Educating patient on draw procedures
  • Anticipating and respond to pre-examination variables and venipuncture complications
  • Performing venipuncture, skin puncture and specimen processing
  • Propper collection of blood and other specimens
  • Propper handling, labeling and transporting of specimens
  • Adhering to all HIPAA regulations
  • Complying with all infection control procedures 

Academic Plan for Phlebotomy

The plan shows all the courses you need to take to complete your goal from start to finish. Map your education by clicking on the Academic Plan for the certificate you’re interested in earning below.

Note: The academic plans will give you an idea of the classes you need to take. However, please meet with a counselor to personalize the plan.

Phlebotomy Certificate of Achievement

You must complete and pass both ALH 00010 and ALH00011, which includes a 40-hour externship.