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Phlebotomy programs prepare people to draw blood from patients' veins.

Phlebotomy programs prepare people to draw blood. Students learn about blood flow and bodily structures. They learn to puncture skin and veins to collect samples. They also learn safety procedures and record keeping.

Phlebotomy programs include topics such as:


Many career and technical schools offer certificate programs in phlebotomy. A few community colleges offer certificate and associate degree programs in phlebotomy. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree program usually takes two years of full-time study.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program of study by getting your high school diploma or GED.

Program admissions vary. Some programs require you to take courses in human anatomy, medical terminology, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation before applying. Other programs include those courses in the curriculum.

Additional admission requirements may include:

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following areas:

Most programs usually teach the above courses with classroom and lab instruction. You then have the opportunity to intern at a health care facility. This allows you to further apply your knowledge and practice your phlebotomy skills. You also have the benefit of working under the direct supervision of an experienced phlebotomist.

Things to Know

Some schools require you to have malpractice insurance during your training period. This insurance may be automatic when you enroll or you may be required to purchase your own.

After graduating from an accredited phlebotomy program, you are eligible to take the national certification exam.


East Side Area

Walla Walla Community College

Walla Walla Community College (Clarkston)

King-Snohomish Area

Bellevue College

Edmonds Community College

Everett Community College

Green River College

Health Professionals Institute

North Seattle College

Pima Medical Institute-Renton

Renton Technical College

Shoreline Community College

Spokane Area

Horizon Medical Institute

Tacoma Area

Bates Technical College

Tri-Cities Area

Columbia Basin College

Vancouver Area

Clark College

West Side Area

Bellingham Technical College

Centralia College

Yakima Area

Yakima Valley College

Yakima Valley College (Grandview)