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Phlembotomy Technician Program

If you like a challenge and want to work directly with patients, the Phlebotomy Technician program may be right for you. The program is also a great choice if you are currently working in the healthcare field and want to enhance your knowledge and skills.



San Mateo Adult & Career Education in partnership with CalRegional offers affordable healthcare career training programs to San Mateo County. No experience necessary. Must be 18 years or older and have a high school diploma or equivalent.

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Phlebotomy Training

Becoming a Phlebotomy Technician

As a Phlebotomy Technician, you will be trained to draw blood samples from patients in a clinical laboratory or public health setting. Over the course of the program, students will receive on-the-job training that includes drawing blood samples from patients, producing quality laboratory results, gaining the trust and confidence of patients and much more. The program includes 104 hours of classroom instruction and hands-on training with an on-site patient service center. Each student must provide 5-10 volunteers to complete the externship portion of the program. Students will be prepared to take the Phlebotomy Technician Certification (PTC) exam through the American Medical Certification Association (AMCA).

The Phlebotomy Technician program includes:

  • 70 hours of classroom instruction
  • CPR training
  • 40 to 100-hour externship

CDPH Approval

The State of California Department of Health Services has fully approved the phlebotomy technician programs run through CalRegional partner schools.*


Upon completion of the program and the required externship, students may take the Phlebotomy Technician Certification (PTC) exam through the American Medical Certification Association (AMCA), the Phlebotomy Certification exam through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) or the National Certified Phlebotomy Technician exam (NCPT), through the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT). Students who pass the exam may apply for state licensure CPT1 through the California Department of Public Health Laboratory Field Services.

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