PHLEBOTOMY TECHNICIAN CERTIFICATION

Phlebotomy Technician

What is a Certified Phlebotomy Technician?

Certified Phlebotomy Technicians (CPT1) are professionally trained skilled individuals authorized to perform skin puncture and venipuncture blood collection, ensuring that the proper amount is taken and that all blood is properly labeled. Phlebotomists draw blood, verify the patient's or blood donor's identity, label the blood and enter patient information into a database. You'll assemble and maintain equipment as well to prevent infections or other complications. Phlebotomist also help nervous patients under the blood drawing process so they can feel less nervous.

Certified Phlebotomy Technicians have been in high demand especially since the state of California requires phlebotomist to be certified. Regan Career Institute has one of the longest running Phlebotomy Certificate programs in Southern California.

CPT1 COURSE DETAILS

In only 80hrs you can become a Certified Phlebotomy Technician. This program provides education for individuals seeking a career in the laboratory as a California Certified Phlebotomy Technician I (CPT I). This is a customized accelerated program.

Do you qualify as a BASIC or ADVANCED student?

Most new students qualify for the full course which is comprised of both BASIC and ADVANCED sessions, plus a 40-hour Externship.

If you have previous experience in California as a Phlebotomist you may qualify for the ADVANCED course only. Please call us at 626-455-0312 for additional clarification.

On-the-Job Experience

Applicants who have 1040 hours or more of documented experience as a phlebotomist must document completion of an approved 20 hour Advanced Didactic Program in Phlebotomy, document 50 successful venipunctures and 10 successful skin punctures on patients, take an approved Certification Examination and apply to the State of California for an application to become State Certified as a Phlebotomist.

Applicants who have less than 1040 hours of documented experience and more than 1 hour of documented experience as a phlebotomist must take an approved didactic program of 20 hours of Basic and 20 hours of Advanced Didactic Course in Phlebotomy, 40 hours of documented clinical training completing 50 venipunctures and 10 successful skin punctures, take an approved Certification Examination and apply to the State of California for an application to become State Certified as a Phlebotomist.

Applicants with no experience as a phlebotomist must take an approved Didactic Program of 20 hours of Basic and 20 hours of Advanced Didactic course in phlebotomy, 40 hours of documented clinical training completing 50 venipunctures and 10 successful skin punctures, take an approved Certification Examination and apply to the State of California for an application to become State Certified as a Phlebotomist.

EXTERNSHIP

RCI has an extensive externship program for all phlebotomy students. In addition to classroom instruction, RCI students will complete their Phlebotomy Certification program as an extern in a professional healthcare facility (e.g. hospital, medical clinic, etc.) with hands-on practical training. Students are required to complete 40 hours of clinical time during which they will work with a phlebotomist preceptor, drawing blood from actual patients at one of many RCI community affiliate locations. Our externship instruction will give you the opportunity to use your classroom-learned phlebotomy skills in a real-world professional medical healthcare setting. You will be working with real patients under the supervision of experienced medical healthcare professionals.

Students with Disabilities

RCI may provide reasonable accommodations during a program to students with disabilities (including learning disabilities). Reasonable accommodations are defined as accommodations that do not fundamentally alter the program. All students are still required to meet the program's enrollment requirements.

If you require special accommodations, please submit your written request along with your program registration. Upon receipt, you will be contacted by our Client Services Manager to discuss your request and obtain your current disability evaluation. (The evaluation must include a comprehensive diagnosis and testing conducted during adulthood or within 3 years of the student's initial request for disability-related services.) For assistance with any questions concerning special accommodations, please contact our Client Services Manager at 626-455-0312.

California State Certification

Each student, post-graduation, can complete a California State Phlebotomy Certification application (with all required documents) and submit it to the California Department of Public Health Laboratory Field Services (LFS). If you need assistance you can call or set an appointment with the RCI staff, who will guide you through the certification process. Our Certification and Resources & FAQs pages will also have additional useful information for this process.

Currently California offers 3 types of Phlebotomy Certifications. Most students start with the Certified Phlebotomy Technician 1 or CPT1 application. Please see our Phlebotomy Certification Matrix for additional detail.

In RCI's Phlebotomy (Didactic) course, you will learn

  • Basic Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Basic Phlebotomy Equipment and Procedures
  • Phlebotomy Techniques
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Practical Phlebotomy
  • Infection Control
  • Legal Aspects of Phlebotomy
  • ...and much more!

STUDENT REQUIREMENTS

In order to ensure that applicants meet the entry level requirements for training that will lead toward certification, we require certain documentation for students enrolling in our Phlebotomy course.

A copy of ONE of the following documents is required:

  • High School Diploma: A high school diploma and transcript from an institution in the United States of America to be provided by the applicant
  • General Education Diploma (GED): Passing verification from certifying agency to be provided by applicant

Other General Requirements

  • Students must be at least 18 years of age
  • A current American Heart Association BLS CPR Card is required
  • Proof of a negative TB (Tuberculosis) Skin Test or negative chest x-ray administered within three months prior to the class
  • Proof of current MMR (Mumps, Measles, & Rubella) and Varicella Immunization or Titer
  • Proof of Hepatitis B Vaccination
  • Background Report and Professional Liability Insurance
  • A physical exam stating the student is fit to work
  • Students also require two Official Sealed Transcripts for admission.

Note: If you cannot meet certain requirements due to special circumstances, please contact us. CPR classes and insurance assistance are available.

Frequently Asked Questions

Effective April 9, 2003, all persons performing phlebotomy who are not California licensed physicians, nurses, clinical lab scientists, or other licensed professionals where phlebotomy is not in their scope of practice must be certified as a phlebotomist before they can draw blood.

Persons who were certified prior to April 9, 2003 ("old certification") and who were employed as phlebotomists as of that date can continue to work until December 31, 2006 provided their application for State certification was submitted to the California Department of Public Health Laboratory Field Services (LFS) by July 1, 2006. Sometimes this is called "grand-fathering". All other persons must have the new certification in order to work as a phlebotomist.

There are three kinds of California Phlebotomy Certifications:

  • A Limited Phlebotomy Technician is authorized to do skin puncture blood collection only.
  • A Certified Phlebotomy Technician I is authorized to do venipunctures and skin punctures.
  • A Certified Phlebotomy Technician II is authorized to do venipunctures, arterial punctures and skin punctures.

You are encouraged to apply online and pay via credit card by following the instructions at the top of this page.

You may also download a printable application form on the LFS web site.

A person without any phlebotomy experience must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a high school graduate or have completed a GED (proof of higher education may be provided in lieu of high school graduation)
  • Complete a 40 hour phlebotomy course from an approved and licensed school such as RCI
  • Complete a minimum of 40 hours phlebotomy experience that includes at least 50 venipunctures and 10 skin punctures
  • Pass a State of California approved phlebotomy certification exam
  • Apply for certification and pay the application fee

A person with fewer than 1040 hours phlebotomy experience (half a year) must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a high school graduate or have completed a GED (proof of higher education may be provided in lieu of high school graduation)
  • Complete a 40 hour phlebotomy course from an approved and licensed school such as RCI
  • Document completion of at least 50 venipunctures and 10 skin punctures on the job
  • Pass a State of California approved phlebotomy certification exam
  • Apply for certification and pay the application fee

A person with more than 1040 hours phlebotomy experience (more than half a year) must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a high school graduate or have completed a GED (proof of higher education may be provided in lieu of high school graduation)
  • Complete a 20 hour phlebotomy course from an approved and licensed school such as RCI
  • Document completion of at least 50 venipunctures and 10 skin punctures on the job
  • Pass a State of California approved phlebotomy certification exam
  • Apply for certification and pay the application fee

You can only apply for your license after you've successfully completed the Phlebotomy course at RCI and have passed your exam. Since all licenses are issued by the State of California (NOT RCI) and managed by the California Department of Public Health, you must visit their website for your Phlebotomy Certification (CPT, CPT1, or CPT2) license (see https://mylicense.cdph.ca.gov/prweb/PRWebLDAP1/).

Create an account and remember your username and password because this is where you will renew, reprint, and/or view the status of your license in the future. No school, including RCI, controls the issuance of licenses for your CPT certification. If you have problems with the state licensing process please contact CDPH via the 'Contact CDPH' link on the left hand side navigation links after logging into your account. RCI staff will do their best to help you but ultimately this process is under state control.

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