Phlebotomy Technician Program

What Is a Phlebotomy Technician?

Phlebotomy technicians specialize in laboratory procedures. These medical professionals are tasked with collecting blood specimens, prepping equipment, shipping samples, and comforting patients. As a phlebotomist, you will be at the forefront of patient care, working intimately with patients to provide doctors with diagnostic information needed to deliver quality patient care. If you want a flexible career with growth opportunities, becoming a phlebotomy technician might be right for you.

Doctors Juan and Alejandro Montes founded Montes HealthCare College to enrich the lives of aspiring medical professionals. The education you receive at MHCC will be derived from their first-hand experience working with patients and coordinating with phlebotomy technicians. At the end of your course, you will be prepared to venture forth into a rewarding career that not only supports you but supports your community as well. We encourage you to schedule a tour today and discover all the benefits of enrolling in our MHCC Phlebotomy Technician Program.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Administrative Duties:
    • Submitting appropriate data to insurance carriers to ensure reimbursement.
    • Preparing specimens for pickup by lab couriers.
    • Work with many patients of varying health.
    • Maintaining a curious attitude when dealing with patients.
    • Organizing phlebotomy carts and stations.
  • Laboratory Duties:
    • Collecting blood samples from patients.
    • Labeling and organizing vials with names and dates.
    • Practicing patient-specific blood draw techniques.
    • Centrifuging blood samples (dependent on state law).
    • Practicing infection control standards.

Phlebotomy Technician Program Overview

At Montes HealthCare College, our phlebotomy technician training course focuses on teaching you the proper techniques of the trade. Through a mix of classroom instruction and laboratory exercises, you will learn the skills needed to prepare you for a long-term career in a hospital, a medical office, or a lab draw site. Below is an overview of your course time and what you can expect to gain from enrollment in the MHCC Phlebotomy Technician Program.

Program Objectives

The main objective of this program is to prepare you with both the knowledge needed to pass the California Department of Public Health certification exam and the skills needed to subsequently succeed in the medical field. After completing the program and receiving your license, you will be prepared for an entry-level position as a Certified Phlebotomy Technician 1.

Our Phlebotomy Technician Program requires a total of 80 hours to complete. The program is divided into three modules. They consist of:

  • Basic Phlebotomy Module: During this course the administrative and professional competencies of phlebotomy are explored. Emphasis is placed on basic infection control, universal precautions and safety; basic anatomy and physiology of body systems with emphasis on the circulatory system and medical terminology; proper identification of patient and specimens and the importance of accuracy in overall patient care; proper selection and preparation of skin puncture site, including selection of antiseptic; blood collection equipment, types of tubes and additives, proper order of draw when additives are required, and special precautions; post-puncture care; and appropriate disposal of sharps, needles and waste.
  • Advanced Phlebotomy Module: During this course the administrative and professional competencies of phlebotomy are explored. Emphasis is placed on advanced infectious disease control and biohazards; anti-coagulation theory; knowledge of pre-analytical sources of error in specimen collection, transport, processing, and storage; anatomical site selection and patient preparation; risk factors and appropriate responses to complications which may arise from phlebotomy; recognition of, and corrective actions to take, with problems in test requisitions, specimen transport and processing; applications of basic concepts of communication, interpersonal relations, stress management, professional behavior, ethics and legal implications of phlebotomy; quality assurance in phlebotomy necessary to provide accurate and reliable laboratory test results; and legal issues related to blood collection.
  • Phlebotomy Externship: Externship is an integral part of the Phlebotomy Technician Program and is the final module after successful completion of classroom training. It is designed to give the students the opportunity to practice the administrative and the clinical skills gained during the medical assistant program. This module provides the student with a realistic workplace environment in which the extern can practice and refine procedural, technological, and interpersonal skills. The externship is done in an approved facility providing the student the opportunity to apply skills and knowledge learned during the training program. Extern students work under close supervision of facility personnel and are evaluated on the following criteria: Attendance, participation, professionalism, skill performance and subject knowledge. Absences during this training period must be made up. Satisfactory completion of the externship training, including performing 50 successful venipunctures and 10 successful skin punctures, is required for program completion.

After successfully completing your phlebotomy training, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. This certificate will allow you to take the state license exam administered by the National HealthCareer Association (NHA) and become approved by the California Department of Public Health.

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Program Outline

Module NumberModule TitleClock HoursSemester Credits
PBT 110Basic Phlebotomy Module241.0
PBT 120Advanced Phlebotomy Module241.0
PBT 130Phlebotomy Externship402.0

Financing for Phlebotomy Technician Programs

The Phlebotomy Technician Program offered at Montes HealthCare College can be financed through TFC Tuition Financing. In an effort to make financing easy and to minimize costs, we happily provide financing options via a Retail Installment Agreement. This agreement eases the financial burden by offering you an easy-to-manage payment plan. Contact our office to learn more.

Phlebotomy Technician Career Outcomes

After completing the NHA exam and submitting your CDPH license application, you can begin your career as a Limited Phlebotomy Technician or a Certified Phlebotomy Technician-I. Phlebotomy technician job opportunities are expected to grow over the next ten years. This is due to the increase in elderly patients, emphasis on preventative care, and improvements in technology. Our staff at MHCC is happy to provide you with potential job placement opportunities at one of our affiliated clinics after you have achieved licensure.

Enroll At Montes HealthCare College Today

If you’re ready to take the first step toward jumpstarting your career, get in touch today! To get started, fill out the contact form below and schedule a tour of our campus. If you have any questions or would like more information, get in touch by calling (310) 436-7000 or emailing us at We look forward to joining you on your journey to success!


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