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The schools profiled below are 10 of the largest public or private not-for-profit colleges that offer phlebotomy programs. Phlebotomy training programs are generally offered at 2-year colleges. Aside from classroom work, students are expected to complete clinicals or externships. Programs take less than a year to complete. Due to the nature of the work, applicants need to have current immunizations and physical examinations.
Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo offers a phlebotomy certificate program. The program teaches students how to collect blood, and students participate in 50 hours of lectures. They also learn how to perform venipunctures and skin punctures in clinical rotations. Graduates will be prepared to meet state certification requirements.
De Anza College
DeAnza College in Cupertino offers a phlebotomy technician certificate program. Students learn how to do venipunctures and process blood samples. They also participate in externships. Program courses cover medical terminology, medical law and clinical lab procedures. Graduates will be eligible for certification exams.
Lake Tahoe Community College
Located in South Lake Tahoe, this community college offers a phlebotomy program that will prepare graduates for certification exams. The program includes both didactic and clinical components. Students learn about infection control, medical terminology and blood collection.
Long Beach City College
This college in Long Beach offers a phlebotomy technician certificate program. Students learn how to safely draw blood in the program. They also participate in 50 hours of clinical experiences. The college does not specifically mention that the program will prepare graduates for certification exams, but the program is approved by California's health and human services agency.
Modesto Junior College
Located in Modesto, this college provides a phlebotomy technician certificate program. The program has courses in infection control, vein selection and waste disposal. A 40-hour externship is required, and students perform skin punctures and venipunctures. They will also observe arterial punctures. Graduates will be prepared for certification exams.
Mt. San Antonio College
This college in Walnut provides a phlebotomy technician program that will prepare students for the state's certification exam. Students take lectures and participate in clinical experiences. Applicants to the program are randomly selected by a lottery.
Palo Verde College
Found in Blythe, this college offers a phlebotomy technician program. The program takes 2 semesters to complete. Students will learn about anatomy and physiology, infection control and skin punctures. They also participate in clinical experiences in hospitals and labs. Graduates will be prepared for phlebotomy certification exams.
San Diego Mesa College
San Diego Mesa College in San Diego offers a phlebotomy certificate program. This program helps students prepare to take the state certification exam. Students will learn how to do venipunctures and capillary punctures. They will also observe arterial puncture techniques.
Santa Rosa Junior College
This college in Santa Rosa provides a phlebotomy program that lasts 8-10 weeks. Students are required to attend all classes, and they will participate in clinical rotations. The program covers topics in hematology, infection control and venipuncture. Graduates will be prepared to take phlebotomy certification exams.
University of California - Irvine
Located in Irvine, this university offers a certificate program in phlebotomy. The program prepares students for phlebotomy technician certification exams. Students undergo 40 hours of lectures and 100 hours of clinical rotations. The program includes courses on hemostasis, infection control, blood collection techniques and post puncture care.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) states that all aspiring phlebotomists or phlebotomy technicians must be certified to legally work. In order to be certified, those with no prior phlebotomy experience must have a high school diploma (or a GED), complete a 40-hour phlebotomy class, complete 40 hours of phlebotomy work experience and pass a California state-approved certification exam. Those with some phlebotomy experience have to meet different requirements, which can be found on CDPH's website (www.cdph.ca.gov).
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Phlebotomy Programs Offered||Program Costs (2015-2016)|
|Cuesta College||2-year, public; small suburb||Phlebotomy Program||$46 per unit*|
|De Anza College||2-year, public; small city||Phlebotomy Technician Certificate of Achievement||$3,500-$3,700*|
|Lake Tahoe Community College||2-year, public; distant town||Phlebotomy Program||$780*|
|Long Beach City College||2-year, public; large city||Phlebotomy Program||$46 per unit*|
|Modesto Junior College||2-year, public; midsize city||Phlebotomy Program||$2,985**|
|Mt. San Antonio College||2-year, public; large suburb||Phlebotomy Technician Program||$1,600*|
|Palo Verde College||2-year, public; distant rural||Phlebotomy Technician Program||$168 enrollment fees, plus supplies*|
|San Diego Mesa College||2-year, public; large city||Phlebotomy Certificate of Performance||$46 per unit*|
|Santa Rosa Junior College||2-year, public; midsize city||Phlebotomy Technician Program||$700-$1,00*|
|University of California - Irvine||4-year, public; midsize city||Phlebotomy Training Program||$1,500*|
Source: *Schools' websites.