The Phlebotomy Technician Program is recognized by the California Department of Health as an approved training program that prepares students for the California recognized national exam necessary to apply for the California CPT 1 license. Instructional topics include: the role of the Phlebotomist, HIPAA, basic anatomy and physiology, including medical terminology, infection control methods and universal precautions, blood collection equipment, patient care in the laboratory setting, phlebotomy legal/ethics, pre-analytical sources of error, quality assurance, communication, skin punctures, and venipuncture, including winged infusion set, syringe, and evacuation tube systems. In order for students to receive a certificate of completion, they must successfully complete PHLEB 101 and PHLEB 94. Minimum passing score for PHLEB 101 is a ‘C’ or higher. PHLEB 94 is a pass/fail course that also includes a minimum of 50 venipunctures, 10 capillary sticks, and 2 arterial blood draw observations to be completed during the required 60 hour clinical experience.

This is a locally approved certificate. Upon satisfactory completion of the listed requirements and application for completion of the certificate to Admissions and Records, the student will receive a certificate of completion from Shasta College. This certificate program is not approved through the California Community College Chancellor’s Office; therefore, completion of the certificate will not be listed on the student’s transcript.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this degree, the student should be able to:

  • Apply the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully pass the certification exam as required by the CA Department of Health.

Student Selection

Space in the program is limited. Students will be allowed to register in the order in which completed applications are received until classes are full. To begin the program, students must:

  • Complete the Admission Application for Shasta College or be an active Shasta College student.
  • Submit a completed Phlebotomy Technician Program application. Applications are available on the Health Sciences website or at the Health Sciences Campus. Applications must include:
    • Proof of High School Diploma or equivalent
    • Current Healthcare Provider CPR
    • Background check and drug screen
    • Health and safety clinical clearance forms

Program Requirements 

Students must complete the core courses listed below in order to earn the Certificate of Completion as a Phlebotomy Technician. Students must obtain a minimum of a ‘C’ or higher in ALL courses required of the program. A “P” (pass) grade is not an acceptable grade for courses in this program with the exception of PHLEB 94. Students must be prepared to complete PHLEB 94 immediately following the completion of PHLEB 101, or as placement allows. Externship (PHLEB 94) scheduling commitments generally follow standard business hours M-F 8-5. In order to progress through the program, students must demonstrate competency in both the theory and clinical components. Failing or Withdrawing from any one of the semester’s co-requisite courses requires withdrawal from all of that semester’s co-requisite courses.

Core Courses

  • PHLEB 94 Phlebotomy Professional Practice Experience 1
  • PHLEB 101 Phlebotomy Theory 4.5
Total Units for Certificate: 5.5

For reference only as of 2019/2020

Degree Requirements and Courses

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