Get the Skills to Become a Professional Phlebotomy Technician

BAMA Phlebotomy students practicing
Become confident in your skills with the combined classroom and clinical training at BAMA

100-Hour Phlebotomy Career Training Course in the Bay Area

Phlebotomy Technicians work directly with patients; they are the human face of the laboratory. They are responsible for drawing blood samples from patients as instructed by physicians or other health care professionals.

Duties include:

  • Collecting blood using needles
  • Documentation and identification of samples
  • Comforting nervous patients
  • Safe handling and transport of samples
  • Hygiene and infection control protocols
  • and more

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Becoming a Confident Phlebotomy Technician

The Phlebotomy Technician Course at BAMA consists of two segments: a classroom segment and a clinical externship.

The classroom segment consists of 60 hours of both lectures and practical instruction delivered in a classroom setting. This segment is designed to provide both a theoretical foundation as well as hands-on training in venipuncture and skin puncture procedures.

During the Phlebotomy Technician Course you’ll learn:

  • Basic anatomy and physiology with emphasis on the circulatory system
  • Introduction to specimen collection
  • Risk factors and complications
  • Quality assurance in specimen collection
  • Professional behavior and responsibilities in patient care settings
  • Phlebotomy equipment and techniques
  • Performing venipunctures and skin punctures
  • …and more

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.

Gain Real World Experience

Upon successful completion of the classroom segment, and after passing the national certification exam, students are assigned to a Clinical Externship at a local hospital, laboratory, or clinic. The State of California requires a minimum of 40 hours and 50 blood draws during Externship. BAMA Externships last between 2-to-4 weeks.

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Prepare for CPT-1 Licensing

Once a student has completed their externship and turned in all externship documents, they are ready to schedule an appointment with an LFS coordinator to apply for their CPT-1 license through California Department of Public Health Laboratory Field Services (LFS). A CPT-1 license is required for phlebotomists to draw blood in the state of California. (Note: LFS can take anywhere between 30-to-150 days to process a student’s CPT-1 license application.)

The course prepares you for two certifications:

  • National Certification, Phlebotomy Technician (NCPT)
  • California Certification, Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT-1 license)

BAMA is located at an approved NCPT testing site. Exams are scheduled 2 weeks after completing the program. National exams are only held on weekends at the BAMA San Francisco Campus.

As a courtesy to our graduates, BAMA provides assistance with the application process for obtaining California CPT-1 Certification from the Department of Public Health – Laboratory Field Services Division. This is a free service for recent Phlebotomy graduates and requires a short, 20-minute appointment at our San Francisco office.

Where Do BAMA Graduates Work?

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. A great testament to our success and quality of teaching is the large number of students who get hired at leading Bay Area medical facilities. BAMA graduates have gone on to work at:

State Approval for Licensing

Our Phlebotomy Program is approved by the State of California Department of Health Services – Laboratory Field Services Division (LFS).

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Program Details

Funding and Tuition

Estimated total charges for the entire course: $3,388.00

Included in tuition:

  • Lectures and Labs
  • Scrubs, textbooks, and class materials
  • Externship
  • Life membership to Career Services support (if in good standing)

A payment plan for the program is available and can be discussed with admissions staff.

Depending on your situation, public funding for the program may be available through The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Department of Rehabilitation, and the Veteran GI Bill®.

FAFSA is not available for this course.

Admissions Requirements

The requirements for admission are:

  • 18 years or older
  • Graduation from high school or higher level academy
  • Payment of minimum deposit
  • Basic English test for foreign students and if English is a second language
  • 2 sealed official transcripts

Many BAMA students come to the school with foreign diplomas or college degrees. You can enroll at BAMA if your foreign high school diploma is evaluated for equivalency in the US.

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

Required Textbooks

All required textbooks are included in tuition.

Class Schedules

  • 2-week Day Intensive Course
  • 5-week Weekend Course
  • 3-week Evening Course
  • CPT-1 for Experienced Phlebotomists

There are courses starting every month at our San Francisco and San Jose campuses. Please check our calendar for the next course start dates.

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