phlebotomy technician course
WHAT IS A CERTIFIED PHLEBOTOMY TECHNICIAN?
Certified Phlebotomy Technicians (CPT1) are professionally trained skilled individuals authorized to perform skin puncture and venipuncture blood collection, ensuring that the proper amount is taken and that all blood samples are properly labeled. Phlebotomists draw blood, learn the order of draw, proper usage of equipment, verify the patient’s or blood donor’s identity, label the blood and enter patient information into a database. You’ll assemble and maintain equipment as well to prevent infections or other complications. Phlebotomist also help to calm nervous patients undergoing the blood drawing process so they can feel less nervous.
Certified Phlebotomy Technicians have been in high demand since the California now requires phlebotomist to be licensed/certified. Regan Career Institute has one of the longest running, CDPH approved, Phlebotomy Certificate programs in Southern California taught by Phlebotomy Training Specialists.
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PHLEBOTOMY Training COURSE INFORMATION
In only 80hrs you can become a Certified Phlebotomy Technician with our CPT1 training program. This program provides education and training for individuals seeking a career as a licensed California Certified Phlebotomy Technician I (CPT I). This is a customized accelerated program, but balanced to be completed as fast as possible but not overwhelming.
Most new students qualify for the full course which is comprised of both BASIC and ADVANCED sessions, plus a 40-hour Externship. This comprises the full 80hr program.
If you have previous experience in California as a Phlebotomist you may qualify for the 20hr ADVANCED course only.
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Applicants who have 1040 hours or more of documented experience as a phlebotomist must document completion of an approved 20 hour Advanced Didactic Program in Phlebotomy, document 50 successful venipunctures and 10 successful skin punctures on patients, take an approved Certification Examination and apply to the State of California for an 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 take an approved didactic program of 20 hours of Basic and 20 hours of Advanced Didactic Course in Phlebotomy, 40 hours of documented clinical training completing 50 venipunctures and 10 successful skin punctures, take an approved Certification Examination and apply to the State of California for an application to become State Certified as a Phlebotomist.
Applicants with no experience as a phlebotomist must take an approved Didactic Program of 20 hours of Basic and 20 hours of Advanced Didactic course in phlebotomy, 40 hours of documented clinical training completing 50 venipunctures and 10 successful skin punctures, take an approved Certification Examination and apply to the State of California for an application to become State Certified as a Phlebotomist.
RCI has an extensive externship program for all phlebotomy students including in the course. Many other phlebotomy training programs require the student to find their own externship site. In addition to classroom instruction, RCI students will complete their Phlebotomy Certification program as an extern in a professional healthcare facility (e.g. hospital, medical clinic, etc.) with hands-on practical training. Students are required to complete 40 hours of clinical time during which they will work with a phlebotomist preceptor, drawing blood from actual patients at one of many RCI community affiliate locations. Our externship instruction will give you the opportunity to use your classroom-learned phlebotomy skills in a real-world professional medical healthcare setting. You will be working with real patients under the supervision of experienced medical healthcare professionals. You cannot obtain your California CPT1 license without completing your externship unless you are an Advance student.
Each student, post-graduation, can complete a California State Phlebotomy Certification application (with all required documents) and submit it to the California Department of Public Health Laboratory Field Services (LFS). If you need assistance you can call or set an appointment with the RCI staff, who will guide you through the certification process. Our Certification and Resources & FAQs pages will also have additional useful information for this process.
Currently California offers 3 types of Phlebotomy Certifications. Most students start with the Certified Phlebotomy Technician 1 or CPT1 application. Please see our Phlebotomy Certification Matrix for additional detail.
Basic Anatomy and Physiology
Basic Phlebotomy Equipment and Procedures
Legal Aspects of Phlebotomy
…and much more!
An updated class schedule for the Phlebotomy Technician program may be found on the schedule page here.
RCI does not provide student Visas or any other type of Visa for entry into the United States. If student has gained entry access into the United States through, perhaps a travel Visa, student enrollment into a short program might be possible.
PHLEBOTOMY Training COURSE REQUIREMENT
HEALTHCARE & ADMINISTRATIVE
In order to ensure that applicants meet the entry level requirements for training that will lead toward certification, we require certain documentation for 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
Students must be at least 18 years of age
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.