If you like a challenge and want to work directly with patients, the Phlebotomy Technician program may be right for you. The program is also a great choice if you are currently working in the healthcare field and want to enhance your knowledge and skills.
The Phlebotomy Technician program is designed to help you acquire the practical knowledge and the specialized skill you will need to draw blood from patients as an entry-level phlebotomist. No previous medical experience is required.
The Phlebotomy Technician program includes:
- 70 hours of classroom instruction
- CPR training
- 40 to 100-hour externship
The State of California Department of Health Services has fully approved the phlebotomy technician programs run through CalRegional partner schools. West Contra Costa Adult Education in Richmond, CA is an approved phlebotomy training site for the Vallejo Regional Education Center.
Upon completion of the program and the required externship, students may take the Phlebotomy Technician Certification (PTC) exam through the American Medical Certification Association (AMCA), the Phlebotomy Certification exam through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) or the National Certified Phlebotomy Technician exam (NCPT), through the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT). Students who pass the exam may apply for state licensure CPT1 through the California Department of Public Health Laboratory Field Services.
It’s a Great Time To Be A Phlebotomist
The expanding healthcare field, along with the growing need for reliable diagnostic testing, makes a phlebotomy technician position a great career choice. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook, Phlebotomists can expect a 27% job growth through 2022.
What Skills Will You Learn
Through lectures, interactive presentations, skills labs, and simulations, you will gain the knowledge and skill to administer blood draws on patients. Techniques will first be practiced on manikins, followed by practicing venipuncture on each other in the classroom.
In addition to learning the specialized skill of drawing blood and processing blood samples, you will learn medical terminology and anatomy as it pertains to phlebotomy. You will also learn blood sampling procedures, laboratory safety, effective patient communication and the proper methods to clean up spills to prevent infection.
Once you successfully complete the classroom portion of the program, you will learn hands-on through your externship at a local facility that draws blood like a hospital, physician’s office or patient service center.