A phlebotomist is a healthcare professional who is trained to collect patients' blood specimens from their veins or by micro-collection techniques for clinical laboratory tests or examination purposes. Phlebotomists usually work under the supervision of nurses, medical technologists, or laboratory managers.
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.
This course costs $1,600. Because of high interest, students are selected by lottery. Students must have a high school diploma or GED, a Social Security Card and a photo ID.
To register for the mandatory orientation, call the Health Care Resource Center, (909) 274-4788.