Phlebotomy - Certification Program

Take the Next Step in Developing Your Career as a Medical Professional with a Phlebotomy Certification

The Phlebotomy Certification in Sacramento prepares students to receive their state license as a certified phlebotomist. Students will learn general phlebotomy techniques, infection control and safety, and communication.

Phlebotomy Certification Program at MTI College in Sacramento, California

Are you a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), Nationally Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA), or have an Emergency Medical Service (EMS) license? Do you have at least one year of job experience under your belt and a desire to increase your medical knowledge? Phlebotomy School at MTI College prepares healthcare professionals to take the National Certified Phlebotomy Technician (NCPT) exam. Review our course and industry information to see if a Phlebotomy Certification is the right step for your developing career. Fill out an information or tour request form to get started today.

What is phlebotomy?

Phlebotomy is a procedure in which blood is drawn from a vein with a needle for laboratory testing. This procedure is also sometimes known as venipuncture or a blood draw. The blood that is collected is usually used to diagnose medical conditions. Phlebotomists can also draw a blood sample through skin puncture, like pricking a finger to determine blood sugar levels.

Though phlebotomy is mostly used for laboratory testing, in some cases, the blood is drawn to remove extra red blood cells, abnormally shaped blood cells, or extra iron in the blood. This specific type of phlebotomy is known as therapeutic phlebotomy.

What Does a Phlebotomist Do?

Phlebotomists typically have the following duties:

  • Drawing blood samples from patients or blood donors
  • Apply bandages or gauze after blood is drawn
  • Work with medical equipment used in blood drawing: needles, test tubes, and blood vials
  • Label the drawn blood for correct processing. Sending blood to lab for testing
  • Reassure patients before and during blood drawing. Explain procedures to patients. Many people are nervous around or afraid of needlesv
  • Input patient data into computer database, keeping records up to date
  • Keep work area clean, sterilizing equipment, disposing of sharps correctly

The main job of phlebotomists is to draw blood to be used for testing. In some diagnostic labs, the patient’s only interaction may be with the phlebotomist, so being able to put the patient at ease is paramount. Being well-organized and accurate is also a necessary skill.

Where do phlebotomists work? Most phlebotomists work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, clinical laboratories, nursing homes, blood donation centers and other medical offices.

What do MTI Phlebotomy classes cover?

Phlebotomy courses cover general phlebotomy techniques, specimen preparation, infection control, safety, medical ethics, legal issues, and communication. Read more for an overview of each topic.

General Phlebotomy Techniques & Specimen Preparation

The majority of what you learn in phlebotomy school focuses on basic phlebotomy practices.

  • Medical terminology for technicians
  • Basic human anatomy and physiology
  • Specimen, equipment, and collection tray identification
  • Site selection and preparation
  • Collection equipment
  • Venipuncture, skin puncture, and post-puncture care

Infection Control and Safety

In addition to phlebotomy basics, you learn how to prevent and control infection.

  • Lab safety
  • Clinical and Hospital safety
  • Potential error, risk, and risk prevention 

Medical Ethics, Legal Issues & Communication

Finally, no phlebotomy course is complete without preparing you for the administrative and interpersonal aspects of the job. 

  • Medical communication and medical ethics
  • Workplace stress
  • Coworker and patient behavior
  • Aspects of quality assurance
  • Certification and review

For more information about Phlebotomy classes at MTI College in Sacramento, fill out the easy Request Information form today!

Demand for Certified Phlebotomists

The healthcare industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in the economy, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Phlebotomy job market in Sacramento is no exception. Nationwide, the Bureau of Labor Statistics project 25% phlebotomy employment growth by 2026. This is much faster than the average for other occupations. 

What drives the demand for health information experts? 

Two of the major factors contributing to this growth are

  • Increasing demand for blood analysis before giving a medical diagnosis
  • The need for blood donations during health emergencies

Becoming a phlebotomist comes with several perks, including the security of entering a growing field. Of course, the best perk of all is knowing your services are an important part of saving lives. 

If you think it is time to take your medical career to the next level, call today and learn about our exciting Phlebotomy Certification courses!

Phlebotomy Career Advancement Opportunities

Why do most phlebotomist report high job satisfaction? 

  • They are necessary members of respected healthcare teams
  • Most report good working conditions
  • Skilled phlebotomists can specialize in a variety of settings to advance in their careers
  • Specialization can be a route to a higher salary

Phlebotomy Training Requirements

California state law requires that all students enrolled in the phlebotomist program complete a 40-80 hour laboratory externship along with the classroom courses. This externship is unpaid but is at no additional cost. The externship program is coordinated by MTI College with Sacramento area medical laboratories, clinics or hospitals. This additional training ensures that students understand the practical implications of their coursework.

Phlebotomy Certification

The State of California Department of Laboratory and Field Services has approved the phlebotomy technician program at MTI. Upon completion of the program and the required externship, and passing of the certification exam, students are allowed to apply with the State of California to become a Certified Phlebotomy Technician, also known as a CPT1. Students have the option of enrolling in the phlebotomy program alone or as an extension of the MTI medical assisting program. By the end of the program, students will be prepared to take the National Certified Phlebotomy Technician (NCPT) exam. This, along with successful program completion, will make the student eligible to receive their state license as a certified phlebotomist. This exam is administered at MTI College.

Learn More

If you have questions, we have answers. Call at (916) 339-1500 or use the Request Information form today. 

Complete the online application and an admissions advisor will walk you through the application process. 

We look forward to helping you grow your healthcare career.

Not sure if you qualify to enroll in Phlebotomy classes at MTI? Check to see if you meet our requirements:

Category Requirements
1 Have graduated from MTI’s Medical Assisting Program within the past 12 months with a 3.50 GPA, 90% attendance, and a completed medical assisting externship, or if graduation was not within the past 12 months, must also have a minimum of one year documented experience working as a medical assistant or in a similar profession within the past 12 months. Please note: The acceptance of professions other than medical assisting are subject to approval by the department chair.
2 Have graduated from a medical assisting or related program such as LVN or Paramedic in the past 12 months with a GPA of 3.75 from an accredited school and pass MTI’s Phlebotomy Entrance Assessment with a minimum score of 90%. Please note: The acceptance of programs other than medical assisting are subject to approval by the department chair.
3 Have a minimum of one year documented experience working as a medical assistant or similar profession within the past 12 months and pass MTI’s Phlebotomy Entrance Assessment with a minimum score of 90%. Please note: The acceptance of professions other than medical assisting are subject to approval by the department chair.


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Related Documents

Program Assessment 2017 (PDF)

Program Highlights

PH100 - Phlebotomy
This course focuses on basic infection control, anatomy and medical terminology. Students will learn proper vein selection, patient identification; types of collection equipment, waste disposal, and post puncture care. Students will continue to learn advanced infectious disease control and biohazards. They will also learn the anticoagulation theory, along with knowledge of pre-analytical sources of error in specimen collection, transport, processing, and storage. Also taught are anatomical site selection, patient preparation, risk factors, and appropriate responses to complications that may arise from phlebotomy. In addition, applications of basic concepts of interpersonal relations, stress management, professional behavior and ethics, legal implications of phlebotomy, quality assurance, and legal issues related to blood collection will be covered.
PH500 - Phlebotomy Externship
Students will perform phlebotomy collection in a clinical setting that is separate from the college. Students will assist patients of varying ages and health, whose blood is being tested by a clinical laboratory.

Program Costs

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Registration: $4,050
Books and Supplies: $1,375

Job Placement

Job Placement Rate

Students enrolled in the Phlebotomy certificate program are not eligible for job placement services.

Institution-wide Job Placement Rate:

Adjusted: 96%
Unadjusted: 73%

Based on the number of all MTI College diploma and degree graduates in the 2018-2019 award year who registered for graduate placement services and secured employment in their field of study, and those who did not register and successfully obtained employment on their own.

* Future results may vary. MTI’s job placement rate calculations are based on the award year July 1 to June 30. The unadjusted rate represents the percentage of total graduates who obtain employment in or related to their field of study. The adjusted rate represents the percentage of graduates who are actively looking for work and obtain employment in or related to their field of study. The adjusted rate does not include graduates who are not looking for work for reasons such as continuing education, remaining at current place of employment, military service, health issues, death, etc. For a complete explanation of MTI’s placement calculations, please visit: Job Placement Rate Calculation

California License Examination Pass Rates

A written examination and practical (hands-on) externship are required to become a licensed phlebotomist in California.

In the 2019 calendar year, MTI students achieved a 100% successful pass rate.

The National Center for Competency Testing does not provide institutional pass rates for the written examination on their website. Please contact the college for information on test pass rates.

All information provided in compliance with U.S. Code 75 FR 66948 §668.6.

Admissions Process

For admission to MTI College, applicants must –

  • Interview with an admissions advisor
  • Provide proof of graduation from high school or GED equivalent
  • Complete an application for admission
  • Pass an admissions examination

The first part of the application process may be completed online.

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Graduate Testimonial

It was a really fun experience the whole way through. All of my instructors were full of knowledge. My fellow students were all great. Every class that I took had a purpose. I actually miss coming to school! — Alison Watts, Medical Assisting and Phlebotomy
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