Phlebotomy Training in San Diego with Course Descriptions

The San Diego area has several colleges that offer phlebotomy training programs. Learn about the degree programs, admission info and program requirements for two of these schools, none more than 45 miles from downtown, and make an informed education decision.

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San Diego Schools Offering Phlebotomy Training

Students interested in obtaining phlebotomy training have a few options in schools near San Diego. This article explores three schools within 50 minutes of downtown and the relevant programs they offer. There is also a table of information about each school, such as enrollment and tuition. This information is presented in a way that makes it easy for individuals to compare the institutions. Following this is a brief paragraph about some other San Diego-area schools that offer phlebotomy training programs.

In order to practice phlebotomy in California, individuals must be certified and licensed. Obtaining licensure requires completing a training program, gaining sufficient work experience as a phlebotomy technician and passing a certification exam. The following levels of certification are available: limited phlebotomy technician, certified phlebotomy technician I and certified phlebotomy technician II.

  • About seven miles from the city center, San Diego Mesa College offers a phlebotomy technician training certificate of performance that prepares graduates to obtain the certified phlebotomy technician I credential.
  • Vista Adult School offers a phlebotomy training program. It is nearly 41 miles from downtown San Diego.

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Comparison of Schools

The following table presents important information about these schools. This can help prospective students decide which is their best option.

San Diego Mesa College Vista Adult School
School Type Two-year, public Less than two-year, public
Total Enrollment (2014) 24,159* N/A
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees $1,142 annually for in-state students; $4,670 annually for out-of-state students (2015-2016)* $600 program total cost (2015)**
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2014) 67%* N/A
Acceptance Rate (2014) Open admissions* Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2014) 68% for full-time, 36% for part-time students* N/A
Graduation Rate (2014) 23% (18% transfer-out rate)* N/A

Source: *NCES College Navigator, **Vista Adult School

San Diego Mesa College

San Diego Mesa, the largest community college in the San Diego Community College District, offers a wide variety of academic and vocational training programs. The Allied Health Department at San Diego Mesa College offers several health programs, including medical assisting, physical therapy assisting, dental assisting, health information technology, radiologic technology and phlebotomy.

Certificate of Performance - Phlebotomy Technician Training

The one-semester phlebotomy training is a limited-admissions program; applicants are admitted on a first come, first serve basis. Applicants - high school graduates at least 18 years of age - and must provide letters of intent (goals) and letters of recommendation. Once they're accepted into the program, they must show proof of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for healthcare provider certification, current immunizations and hepatitis B vaccines, as well as submit to drug screenings and criminal background checks. In addition to lectures and lab experiences, students complete a clinical practicum (internship) at an approved clinical site.

Lectures teach students about infection control and anatomy of the body systems, while focusing on the circulatory system. During the 75-hour clinical internship, students observe two arterial punctures and perform 25 capillary punctures and 50-100 venipunctures. Applicants must take assessment tests for reading, math and English skill levels. In addition to taking the state certification exam for certified phlebotomy technician I, graduates are also prepared to take the Registered Phlebotomy Technician (RPT) exam through the American Medical Technologists association.

Vista Adult School

Offering three campus locations, Vista Adult School is a public school that offers career technical programs and community education. The school offers several medical programs, including a phlebotomy technician training program. Students can also complete phlebotomy training as part of the medical assisting program.

Phlebotomy Technician Program

Vista Adult School's phlebotomy program takes around three months to complete and offers day and evening classes. Candidates entering this program must take a healthcare essentials course, which is a prerequisite for all the health programs offered at Vista Adult School. The healthcare essentials course, which includes a mandatory orientation session, teaches students medical and legal issues, body structures and functions, computer literacy and medical math.

To complete the phlebotomy technician program, students complete a phlebotomy didactic course, a clinical internship and either a medical terminology or an anatomy and physiology course. To be eligible for certification, students must complete the required externship, which could be up to 40 hours per week. Admission requirements include high school diploma or GED, negative TB test and proof of current immunizations.

Other School Options

Phlebotomy training is also offered at the Grossmont Health Occupations Center, located 17.5 miles from downtown San Diego and Sweetwater Union High School District located 10.6 miles away.

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