6 Week; 195 hour Course
75 hour Didactic/On Campus Lab Training Program
Externship: 120 hours. Shifts varies by site
Meets California State Phlebotomy Training Requirements
Certificates of Completion:
Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT1)
- Medical Background (Medical Assistant, CNA, LVN, RN, etc.)
- Currently attending or graduate from a Post-secondary Institution (SJVC, Heald, etc.), with focus in a medical discipline. Graduated with a 2.50 GPA or higher or currently have a 2.50 GPA or higher.
- College units in medical education (Nursing, Biology, Etc.)
What you'll learn:
- Clinical and Lab Techniques
- Step-by-step methods for blood withdrawal
- The crucial elements of safety and infection control
- Prepare and process specimens
- Commonly used collection devices
- Laboratory test names
Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) Duties
The primary responsibilities for a Certified Phlebotomy Technician I involve venipuncture and skin puncture. More complex procedures are performed in a Medical Center or Clinical Laboratory.
The primary responsibilities for the Certified Phlebotomy Technician II involve arterial punctures as well as venipuncture and skin puncture.
Candidates must meet all immunization, CPR and educational prerequisites, before applying to the program and pass a nationwide criminal background check.
Background check results could affect the student's ability to attend the clinical site, to complete graduation requirements, or to obtain program completion certificate.
Applicants must have one of the following:
- Official (sealed) High School transcripts
The National Licensing and State of California Certification organizations will require official transcripts for examination and application eligibility. Note: All foreign diplomas and transcripts must include a notarized translation in English and must be evaluated by a foreign transcript agency before submission.
- Valid CPR Card from the American Heart Association, Healthcare Provider, Basic Life Support course, two (2) year certification.
Applicant must present a valid CPR card at the time of submitting an application. Letters of course completion cannot be submitted in lieu of card. No exceptions will be made.
Note: If not current, CPR training may be provided by CAIOMS for an additional fee.
- Documentation of:
- Hepatitis B (within last 15 years)
- Measles/Mumps/Rubella (2 if born after 1957)
- Varicella (Titer/vaccine) (Possibly 2 immunizations)
- Tuberculosis (PPD -skin/Chest x-ray) (2 within the last 12 months)
- Tetanus/Diphtheria (within the last 10 years)
All documentation must remain valid throughout the duration of the completion date of the program.
Student admission is highly competitive and limited by the availability of clinical training sites.
Phlebotomy Program Essential Functions
All students must be able to perform the essential functions of the curriculum. In addition to the general admission criteria required by the college, phlebotomy students must be able to:
- Use digital fine motor skills with both hands continually throughout the day.
- Visual ability sufficient to discern colors and perform Phlebotomy procedures.
- See clearly enough to read hand-written and computer-generated communications.
- Work standing on their feet for the majority of the day.
- Walk to and from patient service areas of the hospital for the majority of the day.
- Help patients in and out of phlebotomy chairs and tables.
- Write and speak to patients and staff effectively.
- Interact appropriately with patients, physicians, peers and supervisor.
- Use good judgment to seek assistance when needed.
- Lift a minimum of 25 pounds unassisted.
- Apply safety and infection control standards learned in the program to maintain a safe and clean environment for patients and self.
Clinical Site Travel
Students may be required to travel several hours to clinical sites. All students must be prepared and willing to commit themselves to any travel time required to achieve the educational goals of the program. Their respective Clinical Coordinator and/or Program Director will present rotation requirements to the student. Students may be required to rotate between clinical sites during their clinical education to ensure all students receive equitable high quality clinical education during their training.
Admission into of CAIOMS' programs is contingent upon completing all requirements and passing the mandatory background check and the ability to pass a drug-screening test. Additionally, CAIOMS has a clinical education component that must be completed to meet graduation requirements. Some clinical education sites require students to submit to both a criminal background checks and drug-screening. Students are responsible for all fees associated with these procedures. Students may be required to travel several hours to clinical sites. Clinical rotations are Monday - Friday so you must schedule work and other class times in the evening or weekends. Typical clinical hours are from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Clinical assignments are decided by lottery.
According to the US Department of Labor, the demand for phlebotomists/lab assistant in the job market is expected to increase. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), (www.bls.gov) this career field will provide outstanding job opportunities in the coming decade. The median expected salary for a typical PLA in the United States is around $26,000. PLA's generally earn between $26,534 and $44,001 per year (www.salary.com)
Graduates can work at...
- Clinical Laboratories
- Medical Centers
- Surgical Centers
- Physician Offices
- Blood & Plasma Donation Centers
- Governmental Medical Facilities & Agencies
- Paramedical Firms