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Continuing Education Health Programs

Phlebotomy Technician I

Phlebotomists have become an integral part in the health care industry as the demand for this profession has increased over the years. The most obvious factor for this increased demand is the expansion of healthcare needs overall as the population continues to grow, and health insurance gradually becomes more accessible. More recently, doctors and nurses who typically practiced phlebotomy are now overwhelmed with other matters beyond the collection of blood. Thus, creating more opportunities for professionals willing to specialize in venipuncture. 

In addition to performing this function in a clinical setting, phlebotomists play an important role in the collection of blood for medical research as well as for casualty companies who offer life insurance policies. Individuals who plan to become professionals in the medical industry, often start as phlebotomists because it requires a short period of training, and because employment is relatively easy to find. Phlebotomy is considered a great way to try out the medical field.

Clinical Duties include:               
• Perform different techniques of blood collecting.  
• Perform venipunctures on adults, infants and young children. 
• Operate equipment used in the collection of blood and other specimens. 
• Prepare complete and accurate reports on patient and blood draw status.

Mt. SAC offers a fee-based training program that prepares students to pass the certifying exam through the California Department of Health.  The CPT I program comprises 60 hours of classroom instruction and 100 hours of clinical externship.  Classroom instruction is in the evenings; externship schedules vary.  The program takes approximately 16 weeks, depending on the student's progress in successfully performing the required number of procedures on patients in a clinical setting. 

Basic Registration Prerequisites:               

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.  
  • Have a valid Social Security Card and a US Issued photo ID. 
  • Evidence of High School completion or higher education. (U.S. or foreign)*                                                                                                                                                                        
  • Must be able to pass a physical exam.
  • Must be able to clear a background check.
  • Current American Heart Association CPR certification. (can be obtained while attending class)

Mt. SAC requires that students demonstrate a high degree of English language proficiency.  To ensure that you are equipped with the necessary skills to pursue the Phlebotomy program, you must be able to read, speak, and write fluently in English.

 *As of August 15, 2016, AACRAO discontinued its educational transcript evaluation services. Until further notice, LFS will accept educational transcript evaluations completed by “Current Members” of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), and “Endorsed Members” of the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE). Evaluations completed before August 15, 2016 will only be accepted if completed by AACRAO. Please use the links below to view the “Current” and “Endorsed” members of NACES and AICE.

Program Fees:

$1,600.00 (subject to change) plus additional costs for materials, background check, physical exam, and certification exam. This program is not associated with college credit nor does it meet prerequisite requirements for college credit courses. Neither financial aid, fee waivers, or student loans are available for this program.  See attached list for approximate additional costs:

Mandatory Information Sessions

Information sessions are intended to provide you with necessary details about the program and eligibility requirements.  Sessions are held at the Mt. San Antonio College campus.  Please make sure to arrive on time.  You are not required to bring any documents or information with you to the information session.


Note: College classes are currently in session, and we ask that you allow sufficient time for parking to ensure that you arrive on time. Please use this link to download a campus map. Parking permits are required, and a one day pass may be purchased at kiosks located throughout campus parking lots for $4.00.

Additional Information:

Do you have questions about certification and/or the State of California requirements? Click here: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/lfs/Documents/Phlebotomy%20FAQ071106.pdf

 To register for the mandatory orientation email us at phlebAT_mtsac.edu.