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Basic and Advanced Phlebotomy On-Line

Are you already working in the health-care field? Have you done at least 50 venipunctures, and at least 10 skin punctures while working with real patients (not practicing or being trained in a program of any kind) in the last 5 years? Have you always wanted to become certified as a Phlebotomy Technician (CPT1)? If the answer is YES, then Contra Costa Medical Career College’s Online Phlebotomy Technician Courses can help.

Now more than ever, employers such as hospitals, doctor’s offices, out-patient labs and nursing homes require medical health-care workers to perform blood draws. The state of California and many employers all over the country require employees who draw blood in the laboratory setting to be certified as a Phlebotomy Technician, you cannot work as a "Phlebotomist" in California without it.

Contra Costa Medical Career College recognizes the need for accelerated training for those already in the medical profession and who may be skilled in the art of drawing blood but lack certification. Physicians, nurses, RN’s, LPN’s, LVN’s and Medical Technologists sometimes require extra training with regard to their phlebotomy skills. They can now certify via taking the Contra Costa Medical Career College’s online phlebotomy certification courses.

What are the course goals?

The course provides an overall review of the most current phlebotomy practices and procedures with an emphasis on the most important competencies. A large variety of application exercises, videos, quizzes, and exams give plenty of practice taking tests and will ensure successfully completion of any California CDPH-LFS Approved National Phlebotomy Exams.

Who should take this course?

Individuals with at least 6 months experience

Seeking to obtain California State certification as a CPTI are required to complete the Advanced Course only. We recommend however that both courses are completed. The National exam required by the State of California includes information covered in both the Basic and Advanced Didactic courses. No externship is required. However, these individuals will be required to provide a completed California experience document signed by an MD or Laboratory Director. Experience must involve on the job experience on real patients (not during a training program of any kind).

Individuals with less than 6 months experience

Seeking to obtain California State certification as a CPTI are required to complete both the Basic Didactic and the Advanced Didactic courses. No externship is required. However, these individuals will be required to provide a completed California experience document signed by an MD or Laboratory Director. Experience must involve on the job experience on real patients (not during a training program of any kind). To the extent that the Basic Course provides preparation for the Advanced Course it is recommended that all persons qualifying on the basis of experience complete both Basic and Advanced courses and in that order.

Individuals with No Experience

Seeking to obtain California State certification as a Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPTI) are required to complete both the Basic and the Advanced Didactic Courses. These two courses combine to satisfy the didactic requirement of the California Phlebotomy Training Law. In addition, these individuals are required to complete a minimum 40 hr. practicum or externship in a pre-approved clinical setting. Prior to starting the externship rotation that you have independently arranged, the site MUSTbe approved by Contra Costa Medical Career College. If you take this course online, CCMCC will NOT provide an externship/laboratory experience for you. This course is helpful to those who already have affiliations with a facility or live in states other than California.

Individuals with No Experience

Seeking to become certified Limited Phlebotomy Technicians (LPT) are required to complete only the Basic Course. The scope of practice of LPT's is limited to skin punctures or skin sticks. While no externship is required, these individuals must provide a completed California experience document signed by a pre-approved MD or Laboratory Director of having completed a minimum of 25 successful skin punctures on the job on real patients (not during a training program of any kind) prior to State certification. This laboratory experience will NOT be provided by CCMCC.

Licensed and non licensed health care professionals

Including LVN's, CNA's, EMT's, PCT's and others may expand their scope of practice by obtaining certification as CPTI or LPT.

Individuals preparing to sit for National Certifying Exams

Most national certifying agencies accept California Approved Didactic training as partial fulfillment of prerequisites for taking their phlebotomy certifying exam. Please contact the National Certification agency directly with questions you may have. You will find a list of California State approved testing agencies on the CDHS-LFS website.

California Residents

DO NOT take the online courses if your goal is to become licensed in the State of California AND:
  • You have no experience and are unable to arrange your own clinical/laboratory experience. You will not be given an externship or laboratory time with the online program.
  • If your experience was longer than 5 years ago.
When is it offered and how?

It’s online. Anytime, anywhere, in the convenience of your own home or office! No out of pocket expenses or travel costs

Tuition and fees:

"Phlebotomy Essentials", Ruth E. McCall and Cathleen M. Tankersley (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins) ISBN: 978-1605476377. The book is approximately $55.00. Book is available via link as you sign up for the course. You will need the textbook to complete the course successfully.

Check specific laws and regulations in the State in which you reside. Laws differ from state to state.

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