Phlebotomy Technician Training Program
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 (NCPT) through the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) and includes 70 hours of classroom instruction and a 40 to 100-hour clinical externship (hours vary by externship site). This hands-on training will include an on-site Patient Service Center where you'll gain exposure to patient interaction and may complete a portion of the required externship hours. Must be at least 18 and have a high school diploma or equivalent. Course fee includes liability insurance, CPR certification, externship placement and certification exam. Sierra College Community Education brings you this program in partnership with CalRegional Educational Center.
To view upcoming class dates visit our website at sccommed.org
Saturday's Only *Nine Week Program
Monday-Friday - Full-time *Two Week Program
Monday-Thursday - Weekday PM *Six Week Program
333 Sunrise Ave
Roseville, California, 95661
Course Fee - Preregistration is required
$ 2,995; Tuition includes liability insurance, CPR for Healthcare Providers training, externship, certificate of completion, and includes the National Exam fee. Students must give a 7-day notice before class start date for cancellation and refunds. No financial aide available.
You must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED. 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.
Additional prerequisites for externship include:
-Valid social security number.
-Screening for tuberculosis
-Background check and/or drug screening (as required by externship provider)
-A type-written resume
-Computer proficient (Classes available through Community Education)
Textbooks are sold separately and must be purchased prior to the first day of class. You can purchase the textbook from amazon.com or directly from the publisher. Approximate cost is $120
Scrubs must be purchased prior to the first day of class. Navy blue is the required color.
Health and Immunization Requirements
You may need a medical examination by your doctor prior to the first day of class. 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)
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.
Externships coordinated by the CalRegional Educational Center. Students must complete all required training, testing and paperwork before externship can be scheduled. "Eligible" students who commit to a full-time externship (five business days a week) will be placed in an externship no later than 60 days from the end of the classroom portion of any course. Eligible students who commit to a part-time externship (2-4 business days per week) will be placed in an externship no later than 90 days from the end of the classroom portion of course. An eligible student is one who has submitted all prerequisites, drug screening, background check and has successfully completed the classroom portion of the course, and has complied with all policies and procedures and met all financial obligations. There will be an opportunity to receive a portion of externship hours at the on-site Patient Center and /or complete externship at another local facility.
After successful completion of the program, including externship, participants qualify to take the National Center Competency Testing (NCCT) examination to become a Certified Phlebotomy Technician.
National Certification Application Process
You are eligible to apply to the NCCT once you have successfully completed the program, externship, and received the course completion documents. To apply online an create an account. Examinees who pass this exam will be awarded a national certificate in Phlebotomy. A copy of this document must be submitted when applying for state licensing.
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
-Two passport size photos
-Experience documentation of skin punctures, venipunctures, arterials and signature page
-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
We hope you have found this information helpful. Your instructor will also go over it with you on the first day of class.
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.
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.