Phlebotomy technicians specialize in laboratory procedures. These medical professionals are tasked with collecting blood specimens, prepping equipment, shipping samples, and comforting patients.
As a phlebotomist, you will be at the forefront of patient care, working intimately with patients to provide doctors with diagnostic information needed to deliver quality patient care. If you want a flexible career with growth opportunities, becoming a phlebotomy technician might be right for you
Read on below to learn the details of our Phlebotomy Technician program to determine if a future as a Certified Phlebotomy Technician is right for you.
This program prepares students for successful completion of the state licensing exam and subsequently for an entry level position as a Certified Phlebotomy Technician I. Students are trained in both administrative skills and clinical procedures that can be used in physician offices, hospitals, laboratory draw centers, and many other medical facilities.
The Phlebotomy Technician Program consists of three modules. Modules one and two are twenty-four hours each and are conducted in a classroom and laboratory environment on campus. Tests and/or quizzes are administered throughout each didactic module. The third module is spent at an approved clinical site where students complete in at least 40 hours a minimum of 10 skin punctures and 50 venipunctures.
The didactic (classroom) schedule for the phlebotomy program spans over two weeks. In week one, you attend class for two weekday evenings from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. (Classes are usually on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but this may vary.) Then you attend Saturday and Sunday class from 7 AM to 3:30 PM. The schedule is the same for week two.
Next is practical training or externship where you will train at an operating clinical site for at least 40-hours. Externship hours are determined by the host facility but are generally Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.
This class is taught 100% in-person.
All students must meet the following general requirements.
a) Students are required to be at least 18 years of age.
b) All classes are taught in English. Students must be able to read, speak and write in English at least at a high-school level.
c) The purpose of this program is to support the vocational, career objectives of our students. Students must be able to legally work in the United States.
d) Students must submit a copy of a picture ID (state driver’s license or an identification card is acceptable).
Phlebotomy Program applicants must show proof of having completed one of the following:
a) High school completion transcript,
b) Graduation equivalency exam transcript (e.g, GED/Hi-Set exam),
c) Three college level biology courses, or
d) Non-US transcript analysis confirming U.S. high school equivalency.
Applicants to MHCC must show proof that he/she possesses a required minimum competency in verbal and quantitative skills to be successful in the program. This is established by completing the WONDERLIC BASIC SKILLS TEST (WBST), a standardized test recognized and approved by the United States Department of Education to measure basic reading and arithmetic skills. Minimum passing scores accepted by MHCC for all students is 175 for the verbal section and 175 for the quantitative section. The test can be completed on campus or we can email you a link to take the test from home.
COVID VACCINE: All students must show proof of receiving the full COVID-19 vaccine series plus one booster to enroll. This is to keep yourself, your fellow students, and all faculty and staff safe for on-campus study, and it will ensure you are allowed to participate in externship when placement is required for your selected program.
OTHER VACCINES: Medical facilities also generally require that workers and externs are vaccinated against Hepatitis B, Varicella, Measles, Mumps, and Rubella. MHCC requires proof of vaccination (yellow vaccine card) or proof of immunity by way of lab result titers at the time of enrollment to facilitate placement into an externship site.
NEGATIVE TB/PPD SCREENING: Students enrolling into any of our on-campus programs must show clearance of tuberculosis (TB) by providing official documentation from a medical care provider indicating negative TB/PPD Mantoux skin test results. The results can be dated up to 30 days prior to the first class session but must be presented at most seven days after enrollment or by the first class session, whichever is later.
Applicant will need a valid Basic Life Support (BLS) for HealthCare Workers card. If you do not have a BLS for HealthCare Workers card, we can assist you in finding a training site. Applicants may enroll without a card but it must be obtained prior to externship placement.
The state license application through the California Department of Public Health will ask about criminal history. Applicants with past misdemeanor and/or felony convictions may not be eligible for licensure. Speak with an admissions counselor to address any questions about this matter.
Graduates of MHCC’s Medical Assisting Program will receive a Certificate of Completion. To work as a Phlebotomy Technician in California, graduates will need to pass a certification exam offered by a testing agency approved by the California Department of Public Health. Students will then submit an application to the California Department of Public Health for licensure.
The full cost of the Phlebotomy Technician Program is $2,250.
WHAT IS INCLUDED:
Upon enrollment into the program, MHCC provides everything you will need in preparation for the state licensing application with CDPH. Students are responsible for paying the fee to CDPH for their license application, which, as of 02/01/2023, is listed at $100.
Your program tuition will cover the following:
One scrub set,
All supplies used for clinical training,
Externship placement, and
One credit to register for the license examination.*
*Students unable to pass the license exam on the first attempt will be responsible for paying the registration fee for additional attempts.
Students can save $500 off of our regular tuition price by paying $1,750 at the time of enrollment.
Pay for your tuition over time with a Payment Plan. This option offers easy-to-manage payments without interest or administrative fees. Pay a $250 registration fee at the time of enrollment, then pay the remaining balance in equal installments over 7 months starting in your first month of enrollment. All applicants qualify.
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