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Phlebotomy degree programs are rare. Consequently, in Southern California virtually all phlebotomy programs are offered at the undergraduate certificate level. Phlebotomy certificate programs are designed to help prepare students for work as phlebotomy technicians in hospitals, doctor's offices and health clinics. Programs typically combine lectures with labs and clinical experiences. Courses cover anatomy and physiology, patient care, venipuncture and blood collection, medical waste disposal and medical terminology. Some programs are designed for students who already have training in the medical field.
Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo offers a certificate program that is designed to train prospective phlebotomists. This program is offered through the school's Nursing and Allied Health Department. Graduates of the program are prepared to take the California Department of Public Health exam to become a Certified Phlebotomy Technician-1. The program combines classroom training with clinical training and is designed for students who have previously competed medical training.
De Anza College
Located in Cupertino, De Anza College also offers a phlebotomy certification program. The program is engineered to help students prepare to pass the National Phlebotomy Certification Examination. Students are trained in the classroom as well as in the lab and study medical terminology and basic procedures, like venipuncture. Students are also required to complete an externship and attend a clinical lab procedure skill building workshop. This program is approved by the California Department of Public Health-Laboratory Field Services.
Long Beach City College
Long Beach City College in Long Beach also offers a phlebotomy training program. This certificate program is composed of two courses. The first course consists of classroom instruction and students are trained in basic and advanced theoretical concepts. The second course requires students to complete a practicum during which individuals conduct phlebotomy procedures at a nearby medical center. When students complete the program they obtain a Certified Phlebotomy Technician 1 credential and may look into state licensing.
Palo Verde College
Located in Blythe, Palo Verde College offers a 2-semester phlebotomy training course. This program combines theoretical training with practical training and students learn anatomy and physiology, specimen identification, puncture care and how to handle medical waste. Clinical training is conducted at a local hospital and students learn how to properly use lab equipment, provide patient care and conduct blood collection. Upon completing the program, students are eligible to sit for their state licensing exam.
The University of California Irvine
The Irvine campus of the University of California also offers a phlebotomy training program. This program is offered through the University of California Irvine College of Health Sciences. The school accepts approximately 24 students every year and these students are required to complete 100-hours of practical training in addition to 40-hours of didactic training. Students who successfully complete the program may sit for the Phlebotomy Technician (PBT) certification exam offered by American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).
Students must obtain a license in the field as well as complete a certified training program if they plan to work in California.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Phlebotomy Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Cuesta College||2-year, public; small suburb||Phlebotomy Certificate||$1,234 in-state; $6,408 out-of-state*|
|De Anza College||2-year, public; small city||Phlebotomy Technician I Certificate of Achievement|| $1,542 in-state;
|Long Beach City College||2-year, public; large city||Phlebotomy Technician I Certificate|| $1,182 in-state;
|Palo Verde College||2-year, public; distant rural||Phlebotomy Technician Certificate||$1,288 in-state; $7,364 out-state*|
|The University of California Irvine||4-year, public; midsize city||Phlebotomy Training Program||$13,252 in-state; $37,960 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.