About the Phlebotomy Technician Course

Get trained to draw or remove blood from a patient in order to obtain a sample for analysis and diagnosis.

Phlebotomists are in charge of drawing blood from patients using methods such as venipuncture. The technique of venipuncture consists of the phlebotomist locating the correct size vein in which to administer the proper needle for blood recovery.  Our program prepares you as an entry-level health care practitioner for certification as a CPT-1.  

Explore Potential Careers

Phlebotomist work with various health care professionals in hospitals, clinical labs, and outpatient settings. In California, Phlebotomists are licensed. If you looking to begin a career in health care, Phlebotomy may be a good place to start.

Bureau of Labor Statistics for Phlebotomy 

Program Information

Prerequisites:

  • ESL 160, ENGL 86, ENGL 93 or ENGL 95 or placement in ENGL 88 or 88A AND high school diploma or GED credential.  
  • An AA or AS degree or higher completes the English requirement.

Additional Requirements

  • A white lab coat and scrubs
  • Physical exam within six months
  • Immunization documents
  • Background screening and drug screening are required for clinical placement at the student's expense.

Two orientation sessions are held every semester.  Attendance at one of the orientation sessions is mandatory.  There will be no exceptions. Students will receive an application with the deadline date to submit their documents. 

Orientation Information & Dates

Course Information

Lecture includes 20 "basic" hours in infection control, safety, circulatory system, medical terminology, patient and specimen identification and skin puncture, and 20 "advanced" hours in anatomical site selection and patient preparation, risks, and complications, post puncture care, anticoagulation theory, and quality assurance.  You will be assigned 40 hours in a clinical setting and must successfully complete 50 venipunctures, 10 skin punctures, and observation of one arterial puncture

Schedule

The Phlebotomy Technician course is offered at the John Adams Center, 1860 Hayes Street, San Francisco, California 94117, in Room Gym 106.

  • Tuesday 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

The Phlebotomy Technician course is offered at the John Adams Center, 1860 Hayes Street, San Francisco, California 94117, in Room Gym 106.

For CPT-1 certification information, please visit the California Department of Public Health Laboratory Field Service (LFS) webpage using the link below.

Laboratory Field Service Webpage