Phlebotomy Technician Program

40+ hours
in class

40 hours
hands-on training


HS Diploma / GED

Median Salary:


All in

Duration 40 hours in class
Externship 40 hours hands-on training
Skill Level HS Diploma / GED
Average Median Salary $50,470*
All in Cost $1,985

Become a certified phlebotomy technician in 88 hours; launch a successful healthcare career!

Why Choose Our Phlebotomy Technician Program:

  • Financial Stability — BLS reports average salary for CPTs in CA is $50,470 ($24.27/hour).*
  • Quick Training — Get fully trained in as little as 88 hours for a rewarding career. 
  • In-Demand Profession — Join a high-demand healthcare field that’s rapidly growing. 
  • Specialize for Success — Stand out by pursuing specialization in your chosen healthcare area.
  • All-Inclusive Cost — Our tuition covers loaner books, course fees, national exam fees, background checks, liability insurance, uniforms, and clinical expenses.

Key Features and Benefits

  • Accredited Program — Gain a straight path to state licensure and industry recognition with our accredited Phlebotomy Technician Course. 
  • Hands-on Training — Master different blood collection techniques and specimen handling for accurate results. 
  • Experienced Instructors — Learn from experienced mentors for success in your phlebotomy career. 
  • Real-world Externships — Apply skills in medical settings and build industry connections. 
  • Flexible Scheduling — Choose from daytime, evening, and weekend classes to accommodate your commitments.

Enroll today and complete your Phlebotomy Technician Certification in just 88 hours.


*Employment of phlebotomists is projected to grow 10% from 2021 to 2031, faster than the average for all occupations

*States with the highest employment level in Phlebotomists:

State Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment
1. California $24.27 $50,470 13,870
2. Texas $17.80 $37,040 13,150
3. Florida $18.07 $37,580 8,510
4. New York $22.58 $46,960 7,170
5. New Jersey $20.73 $43,120 6,320
  • About 21,500 job openings for phlebotomists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of these openings are expected to result from the growing population, as well as the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as due to retirement.
  • California average salary is $50,470 ($24.27 per hour)

*All stats above from 

High-Demand industries for Phlebotomy Graduates

Blood Banks
Medical Clinics
Dialysis Clinics
Plasma Donation Centers
Physician Offices
Health Fairs
Platelet Donation Centers
Paramedical Examination
Blood BankLaboratories
Medical ClinicsPhysician Offices
Dialysis ClinicsHealth Fairs
Plasma Donation CentersPlatelet Donation Centers
HospitalsParamedical Examination
Phlebotomy students practicing blood draw techniques on each other. One student has their hand on the other student's tourniquet.

A Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT1) is a trained professional authorized to collect blood samples through skin puncture and venipuncture. They ensure accurate collection and labeling of blood samples, follow proper equipment usage, and maintain patient information in a database. Certified Phlebotomists also provide comfort to nervous patients during the blood drawing process.

Due to California’s licensing/certification requirement for phlebotomists, the demand for Certified Phlebotomy Technicians has greatly increased. Regan Career Institute offers one of Southern California’s longest-running and CDPH-approved Phlebotomy Certificate programs, taught by experienced Phlebotomy Training Specialists.

Regan Career Institute will not only train you the right way but also guide you through the process towards California CPT1 licensure.

Highlights of our phlebotomy course:

  • 40+ hours of classroom training and 40 hours of externship 
  • Flexible schedules available for daytime, weeknights, and weekends 
  • Affordable tuition with no hidden fees 
  • Backed by over 20 years of Phlebotomy training experience 

Explore our current medical course schedule and start your journey now!


In just 88 hours, you can become a Certified Phlebotomy Technician with our CPT1 training program. This program offers education and training for individuals aspiring to pursue a career as a licensed California Certified Phlebotomy Technician I (CPT I). It is a customized accelerated program designed to be completed as quickly as possible without becoming overwhelming.

Most new students qualify for the full course, which consists of both BASIC and ADVANCED sessions, along with a 40-hour Externship. This constitutes the complete 88-hour program.

If you have prior experience as a Phlebotomist in California, you may be eligible for the 20-hour ADVANCED course only.

For more details on this, please read on, or you can call us at 213-398-8838 for further clarification.

Applicants who possess 1040 hours or more of documented experience as a phlebotomist must:

  1. Complete an approved 20+ hour Advanced Didactic Program in Phlebotomy.
  2. Document the completion of 50 successful venipunctures and 10 successful skin punctures on patients.
  3. Take an approved Certification Examination.
  4. Apply to the State of California for the application to become State Certified as a Phlebotomist.

Applicants who have less than 1040 hours of documented experience and more than 1 hour of documented experience as a phlebotomist must:

  1. Complete an approved didactic program of 20+ hours of Basic and 20+ hours of Advanced Didactic Course in Phlebotomy.
  2. Complete 40 hours of documented clinical training, successfully completing 50 venipunctures and 10 skin punctures.
  3. Take an approved Certification Examination.
  4. Apply to the State of California for the application to become State Certified as a Phlebotomist.

Applicants without any experience as a phlebotomist must:

  1. Complete an approved Didactic Program of 20+ hours of Basic and 20+ hours of Advanced Didactic Course in Phlebotomy.
  2. Complete 40 hours of documented clinical training, including successfully performing 50 venipunctures and 10 skin punctures.
  3. Take an approved Certification Examination.
  4. Apply to the State of California for the application to become State Certified as a Phlebotomist.

RCI offers an extensive externship program for all phlebotomy students, which is included in the course. Unlike many other phlebotomy training programs that require students to find their own externship site, RCI provides the opportunity for students to complete their Phlebotomy Certification program as an extern in a professional healthcare facility (e.g. hospital, medical clinic, etc.), offering hands-on practical training alongside classroom instruction. During this program, students must fulfill 40 hours of clinical time, during which they will work under the guidance of a phlebotomist preceptor. This involves drawing blood from actual patients at one of the various RCI community affiliate locations. Our externship instruction enables you to apply the phlebotomy skills you’ve learned in the classroom to a real-world medical healthcare setting. You will gain experience working with actual patients while being supervised by experienced medical healthcare professionals. Completing your externship is a requirement for obtaining your California CPT1 license, unless you are an Advanced student.


After graduation, each student can complete a California State Phlebotomy Certification application (along with all required documents) and submit it to the California Department of Public Health Laboratory Field Services (LFS). If you require assistance, you can either call or schedule an appointment with RCI’s staff, who will guide you through the certification process. Our Certification and Resources & FAQs pages will also provide additional useful information for this process.

Currently, California offers three types of Phlebotomy Certifications. Most students begin with the application for Certified Phlebotomy Technician 1 (CPT1). For more details, please refer to our Phlebotomy Certification Matrix.

Basic Anatomy and Physiology

 Medical Terminology

 Basic Phlebotomy Equipment and Procedures

 Phlebotomy Techniques

 Interpersonal Communication

 Practical Phlebotomy

 Infection Control

 Legal Aspects of Phlebotomy

 …and much more!

An updated class schedule for the Phlebotomy Technician program may be found on the schedule page here.



Students must be at least 18 years of age. To ensure that applicants meet the entry-level requirements for certification-oriented training, we request specific documentation from students enrolling in our Phlebotomy course.

A copy of ONE of the following documents is required:

 High School Diploma: A high school diploma and transcript from an institution in the United States of America to be provided by the applicant

 General Education Diploma (GED): Passing verification from certifying agency to be provided by applicant

These can be completed after enrollment:

 A current American Heart Association BLS CPR Card is optional, but not required

 Proof of a negative TB (Tuberculosis) Skin Test or negative chest x-ray administered within three months prior to the class

 Proof of current Titer test

 Proof of Hepatitis B Vaccination

 Background Report and Professional Liability Insurance (provided by school)

 A physical exam stating the student is fit to work

 Students require two Official Sealed Transcripts

Note: If you cannot meet certain requirements due to special circumstances, please contact us. Liability Insurance assistance is provided through by RCI.



“RCI has been nothing but great help from start. Although the phlebotomy program was accelerated, I gained valuable knowledge and experience. Louie, though strict, was a great instructor who wanted us well-prepared.”
Irania L.
La Puente, CA 
“Thank you so much to all the staff here. I took the phlebotomy program here since it was a fast pace and I wanted to do it quick. The teachers were great & the staff was amazing! Everyone is so helpful & wants to make sure you succeed. Thank you so much for the great experience. I am recommending many friends and family here!”
Deezire O.
La Puente, CA
“I highly recommend people who want to complete a certificate course quickly. It’s also a great place to recommend. I just finished my phlebotomy course recently and got my certificate. The instructors and staff are very good. They are all very enthusiastic in helping and assisting.”
Chiung H.
San Diego, CA 

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