Phlebotomy Certificate Health Sciences Total Units: 7.5

Term Effective: Fall 2014

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2018

Previous Versions:

Phlebotomy - effective Fall 1981


This major/certificate is undergoing revisions. Please consult a counselor or program coordinator.

The Phlebotomy Skills Certificate provides an introduction to the fundamental clinical methods and practices of phlebotomy, including basic hematology, venipuncture techniques, routine processing, safety and infection control procedures, and quality assurance issues for health care providers. The certificate includes an 80-hour externship in an acute care setting.

Effective April 9, 2003, all persons performing phlebotomy who are not licensed professionals such as medical doctors, nurses, or clinical lab scientist, must be certified by the state of California before they are allowed to perform venipunctures. This certificate fulfills the 40 hours of phlebotomy class training and the 40 hours of phlebotomy practice, ,that includes at least 50 venipunctures and 10 skin punctures required for the California State Phlebotomy Certificate. In addition, all students are required to take the National Phlebotomy Exam which is approved by the State. This then allows students eligibility to obtain the California State Phlebotomy Certificate.

Phlebotomists are specialized medical laboratory assistants who work under the supervision of clinical lab scientists, lab manager and the Medical Director. They play an important role on the clinical lab team and in the healthcare organization. Their essential job duties include performing venipunctures on patients in an outpatient care setting and/or acute care setting. The specimens obtained from the patients are then analyzed and results of which provide valuable information for diagnosis. The phlebotomists must ensure that blood is taken correctly, stored and transported properly and processed in accordance to established protocol. If the specimens are harmed during or after the collection process, test results will be inaccurate and therefore, would delay the prognosis of the patients.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Perform at the level of a Certified Phlebotomy Technician I in either an acute care setting or an outpatient setting.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Phlebotomy program are:

  • Complete 7.5 units from
    • Phlebotomy Requirements

Phlebotomy Requirements - complete 7.50 units
HLC 111 Phlebotomy7.50

Program Requirements Notes:

Health and Safety: Due to blood and body fluid exposure during skills lab, all students will be required to have the following immunizations before entry into program: MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), Varicella zoster (Chicken pox), Tetanus (Tdap), PPD ( 2 injections a week apart), Hep B (2 of 3 series must be completed 3 weeks before skills lab), and Influenza (Flu vaccine). Students must clear a physical examination during the health screening process. Students will be required to complete background clearance. The name of background screening agency and program code will be given at orientation.

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

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