Phlebotomy Pathway

The Education Fund partners with state-approved education vendors to prepare eligible Education Fund members to become Certified Phlebotomy Technicians. Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a Certificate of Completion, be prepared to sit for the National Certification Exam and apply for a California 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 pay for Phlebotomy Technicians in California is $22 per hour and they can earn up to $54,995 annually.*
  • A great opportunity to move from a non-clinical to a clinical position.
  • With additional training, Phlebotomy Technicians can move into more advanced positions such as an LVN or Medical Lab Technician.
  • Phlebotomy Technicians can work in a variety of healthcare settings, including state, local, and private hospitals, medical and diagnostic laboratories, offices of physicians and other health care professionals, and outpatient care centers.**


Program Locations and Dates:

Note: Some regions may have more than one available education provider.

Northern California/Southern California

Provider: Phlebotomy Training Specialists

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

  • 40 hours in-person classroom training
  • 40 hours clinical externship at one of 450+ clinical sites

Sessions: Daytime, evening, weekend, accelerated options available

Program Start Dates:

  • July 17 – August 14 (Saturday)
  • July 26 – July 30 (Accelerated) select campuses only
  • August 2 – 17 (Weekday Day/Evening)
  • August 21 – September 25 (Saturday)
  • August 23 – 27 (Accelerated) select campuses only


Central Valley

Provider: Clinical Training Institute

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

  • 40 hours in-person classroom training
  • 32 hours hands-on lab
  • 40 hours clinical externship at CTI’s in-house labs

Sessions: Morning, afternoon, evening, and weekend options available

Program Start Dates:

  • July 17 – September 11 (Saturday)
  • August 16 – September 13 (Weekday Morning/Afternoon/Evening)
  • September 18 – November 13 (Saturday)

Get started

If you’re interested, feel like you might be a good fit and are ready to get started, follow these steps:

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