Phlebotomy Technician Sierra College - Phlebotomy Tech

Phlebotomy Technician Training Program
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Frequently Asked Questions

Program Summary: As a Phlebotomy Technician, you will be trained to draw blood samples from patients in a clinical laboratory or public health setting, producing quality results while gaining the trust and confidence of your patients. The program prepares you to take the Exam for Phlebotomy Certification (CPT) through the National Healthcare Association (NHA) and apply for your CPT1 license with the state of California. You’ll receive 104 hours of classroom instruction and hands-on training in an on-site Patient Service Center where you'll complete the required externship hours. Students should be able to provide 5-10 volunteer patients to participate in a health screening.  

Must be at least 18 and have a high school diploma or equivalent. Course fee includes liability insurance, CPR certification, externship and certification exam. Textbooks and scrubs must be purchased by student separately. Preregistration is required.

Sierra College Community Education brings you this program in partnership with CalRegional.

To view upcoming class dates visit our website
                 Class options:
                 FREE Phlebotomy Technician Informational Session *Every 2nd Monday       
                 Saturday's Only 
                 Monday-Friday - Full-time 
                 Tuesday-Thursday - Weekday PM 

Class Location
Roseville Gateway Center
333 Sunrise Ave - Room 730
Roseville, California, 95661

Course Fee - Preregistration is required
$ 2,995; Tuition includes liability insurance, CPR for Healthcare Providers training, externship and certificate of completion. Students must give a 7-day notice before class start date for cancellation and refunds. No financial aide available. 
Enroll here.

Refund Policy
If student requests to withdraw from the class it must be submitted in writing to the Community Education Office. A refund will be granted under the following conditions and less the appropriate fees: 

If received seven (7) days prior to the starting date, the refund amount will be course fee LESS: $250 Administrative fee. If received prior to the third class meeting, the refund amount will be course fee LESS: $400 Administrative fee. *Plus prorated class attendance and consumable supplies to be calculated. (varies by program; up to $450 depending on classes attended)  

No REFUND will be granted after the third class meeting. Students who are dismissed from the program are not eligible for a refund. These are intensive programs and we make no guarantee of completion or passage. 

Education Requirements 
You must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma, 24 successful college units or a GED certificate. You must give a copy of your transcripts or GED certificate to your instructor on the first day of class. 

If student attended school outside of the USA, transcript needs to be evaluated. Laboratory Field Services will accept educational transcript evaluations completed by “Current Members” of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), and “Endorsed Members” of the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE).  Please use the links below to view the “Current” and “Endorsed” members of NACES and AICE.

Reading and Math Assessment 
A math and English assessment will be administered on the first day of class to demonstrate the student’s skill level by the instructor. A 10th grade level in math and English is required to successfully complete the program. Link to practice assessment here. 70% passing grade required.

Additional prerequisites for externship include:
-Valid social security number. 
-Screening for tuberculosis
-Required immunizations
-Background check and/or drug screening (as required by externship provider)
-A type-written resume
-Computer proficient (Classes available through Community Education)

Required Textbooks 
Textbooks are sold separately and must be purchased prior to the first day of class. You can purchase the textbook from or directly from the publisher.

Scrubs must be purchased prior to the first day of class. Navy blue is the required color.

Health and Immunization Requirements 
A Medical Examination Form can be found in the Student Handbook. You will need to have had the following immunizations/titers:
• Hepatitis B 
• MMR Immunization 
• TB (PPD) 
• Tdap
• Flu Shot

In addition, some externship sites may require a drug screening prior to placement. Drug screening is provided at an additional cost. In the event a drug screening is required, the information to obtain one will be provided to you in class. 

CPR for Healthcare Providers
This class is provided at no additional cost during the program. After successfully completing the 1-day class, you will be given a CPR card.

Externship is an opportunity for students to continue learning by working hands-on. There are several documents that must be submitted to be eligible for externship. Uploading your prerequisites is an assignment in Schoology and will be included in your final grade.

Onsite Phlebotomy Externship
The Sierra College Phlebotomy Program has an onsite laboratory partner. At the onsite laboratory, blood draws are completed on volunteer patients. Each student must provide enough volunteer patients to complete the required 50 blood draws for the externship portion of the program. Students who cannot provide at least 5-10 volunteer patients should not take the program.

More information will be provided on the first day of class.

Phlebotomy Certification Application Process
Once you have completed phlebotomy training and have received the course completion documents, you must apply to the California Department of Health – Laboratory Field Services. You need to go online an create an account. Upon opening a new account, you will go back and click “file an electronic online application”. You will be asked to pay a nonrefundable $100 fee to be paid by credit card. Upon completion of the application, you must print out a signature page to be sent to the California Department of Health – Laboratory Field Services. At that time you should mail all related applicable documents.

-Course certificates of completion
-National examination completion certificates
-CSPPT Form 
-Official transcripts ordered from your high school

The above documents should be mailed to:
Attn: Phlebotomy Program
CDPH – Laboratory Field Services
850 Marina Bay Parkway, Bldg. P, 1st Floor
Richmond, CA 94804-6403

After successful completion of the program, including externship, participants qualify to take the NHA examination to become a Certified Phlebotomy Technician. 

More information will be provided on the first day of class. 

Labor Market Projections
Job opportunities for phlebotomists are expected to be good as the demand for skilled laboratory continues to increase. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of phlebotomists is projected to grow 25 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers, and other locations will need phlebotomists to perform blood work. An aging population will be a major reason for this growth, as older people tend to have increased medical problems that require lab work. Job opportunities are in Laboratories, Doctors’ Offices, Medical Clinics, Surgical Centers, Hospitals, Veterinary Clinics, Insurance Agencies, Blood & Plasma Donation Centers, Government Medical Facilities and more. 

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