Phlebotomy Pathway

The Education Fund partners with state-approved education vendors to prepare eligible Education Fund members to become Certified Phlebotomy Technicians. Upon successfully completing the program, you will receive a Certificate of Completion, be prepared to sit for the National Certification Exam, and apply for a State license.

Phlebotomy Technicians save lives every day by collecting blood samples that can help to confirm a patient’s perfect bill of health or reveal an underlying health issue. They are responsible for identifying the best collection method for specific patients, drawing blood, accurately labeling vials, and properly transporting the samples to the laboratory for analysis.

The Importance of Phlebotomy

  • Blood transfusions save millions of lives each year, and without the precise work of trained phlebotomy technicians, patients’ lives would be put at risk. *
  • Being a Phlebotomist can open doors to other careers in the medical field. *
  • Phlebotomy is a growing field with experts predicting a 23% increase by 2028. *

Why become a Phlebotomy Technician?

  • The median annual wage for phlebotomists was $36,320 in May 2020. **
  • An excellent opportunity to move from a non-clinical to a clinical position.
  • With additional training, Phlebotomy Technicians can move into more advanced positions such as Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) or Medical Lab Technician (MLT).
  • Phlebotomy Technicians can work in various healthcare settings, including state, local, and private hospitals, medical and diagnostic laboratories, offices of physicians and other health care professionals, and outpatient care centers.

** Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Program Locations & Dates

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Provider: Modesto Junior College

Phlebotomy Certificate

Program length: 12 weeks

Program Start Dates: October 9 – January 22, 2022 (Orientation: Monday, October 4th, 6:00pm – 7:00pm in-person)

Prerequisites: Reading Requirement (subject to change): placement at English 100, equivalent or higher, or have taken and passed MJC English 100, equivalent or higher with a grade of C or better, or have an AA degree or higher from a U.S. college/university.

Subject to availability. Limited number of seats in this session are available.


Provider: Phlebotomy Training Specialists (PTS)

Phlebotomy Technician Certificate

Program length: 40 hours classroom and 40 hours clinical externship

Schedule Options: Weekday mornings, weekday evenings, Saturdays, accelerated

Locations: Sacramento, Santa Clara, Fresno, Santa Ana, West Covina, Riverside, Panorama City, National City, Los Angeles (Culver City), Whittier, San Diego, Artesia, Camarillo


Provider: Clinical Training Institute

Phlebotomy Technician Certificate

Program length: 40 hours in-person classroom training, 32 hours hands-on lab, 40 hours clinical externship at CTI’s in-house labs

Schedule Options: Afternoons, evenings, Saturdays, and mornings.

Locations: Oxnard, Bakersfield, Visalia, Fresno, Santa Maria, Lancaster


Provider: College of Southern Nevada

Phlebotomy Certificate

Program Length: 6 units

Program Start Dates: January 18, 2022 – May 15, 2022

Prerequisite: None


Provider: Phlebotomy Training Specialists (PTS)

Campus: Las Vegas

Program Length: 40 hours in-person classroom training, 40 hours clinical externship at one of 450+ clinical sites

Program Start Dates
Morning/Evening Sessions: October 4 – October 20, 2021; November 1 – November 17,2021; December 1 – December 16, 2021
Weekend Sessions: October 2 – October 30, 2021; November 6 – December 11, 2021


Provider: Community College of Denver

Phlebotomy Certificate

Program Length: 7 units

Program Start Dates: January 18, 2022 – May 9, 2022

Prerequisites: Basic computer skills: word processing, PowerPoint, and use of email. Students complete the Introduction to Computing Technology course.


Provider: Pima Medical Institute

Phlebotomy Technician Certificate

Program Length: 400 hours

Program Start Date: November 10, 2021

Prerequisites: None

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