Phlebotomy Program

Our Program is Approved by the CA Department of Public Health for CPT1 licensure

Phlebotomy Technicians are responsible for drawing blood samples from patients as instructed by physicians or other health care professionals. 

We offer courses for beginning and experienced phlebotomists in every certification level required by the California Department of Public Health. 

Our Phlebotomy Program is one of the two programs in San Francisco approved for CPT-1 blood drawing certification by the California Department of Public Health.

NOTE:  This course is impacted. It is recommended for people with some prior medical experience. Licensed phlebotomists without experience have a difficult time finding a job in the current competitive environment. Employers are looking for staff with multiple skills and certifications. We encourage prospective students who are seeking vocational training in order to enter the health care field for the first time, to consider taking one of our career-training programs.


What Do Phlebotomists Do?

Phlebotomy Technicians work directly with patients; they are the human face of the laboratory. Reference laboratories, hospitals, blood banks, and many physician offices depend on phlebotomists to collect, process and transport quality samples from the patient to produce accurate laboratory results.

Class Schedules Available

Complete your enrollment at least 7 days prior to your desired start date as classes close 7 days in advance.

  • Two (2) week Day Intensive Course
  • Five (5) week Weekend Course
  • Three (3) week Evening Course

Phlebotomy Courses Available

  • Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT-1)
  • CPT-1 for Experienced Phlebotomists

The Course

The Phlebotomy Technician program consists of two segments: a classroom segment and a clinical externship.

The classroom segment consists of sixty (60) hours of both lectures and practical instruction delivered in a classroom setting. This segment is designed to provide both a theoretical foundation and hands-on training in venipuncture and skin puncture procedures. Lectures include basic anatomy and physiology with emphasis on the circulatory system, introduction to specimen collection, risk factors and complications, quality assurance in specimen collection as well as professional behavior and responsibilities in patient care settings.

Upon successful completion of the classroom segment, and after passing the national certification exam, the student is assigned to a Clinical Externship at a local hospital, laboratory, or clinic. The State of California requires a minimum of forty (40) hours and fifty (50) blood draws during Externship. Bay Area Medical Academy Externships last between two (2) to four (4) weeks.

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Tuition for the Phlebotomy Program is *$3,000.  You are required to deposit $900 minimum upon enrollment.

Payment plans (0% interest) are available for all students.

* Licensing and examination fees may apply

Required Textbooks (included in tuition)

Phlebotomy Essentials: Text and Workbook Package
ISBN No. 9781608311217
Retail Price $96.99

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