Phlebotomy - Certification Program
Prepares students for work in medical labs and healthcare careers
By the end of the program, students will be prepared to take the National Certified Phlebotomy Technician (NCPT) exam. This will make the student eligible to receive their state license as a certified phlebotomist. This exam is administered at MTI College.
Enrollment into the Phlebotomy Certificate is limited only to those individuals with sufficient medical experience in one of the three categories below. Applicants with no prior medical training should apply to the Medical Assisting with Phlebotomy Certificate program.
The objective of the Phlebotomy program at MTI is to train students for phlebotomy careers in medical labs around the country. MTI College’s phlebotomy courses are designed to teach clinical lab work, terminology, and anatomy as it pertains to phlebotomy. Students completing the course will also understand all of the procedures and protocols of working in a medical laboratory.
Phlebotomy Training at MTI
The majority of what you will learn in phlebotomy school will focus on the basics of phlebotomy practice. The topics you will learn include 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. In addition to the basics of phlebotomy listed above, your course of study in phlebotomy school will also include rigorous training in the prevention and control of infections, and how to operate in the safest way possible. Your class work will focus specifically on infection control and safety precautions in the lab, and in a variety of different clinical and hospital settings, as well as potential error, risks, and risk prevention. Finally, no course of study in phlebotomy would be complete without topics dedicated to the administrative and interpersonal aspects of the job. Additional courses will include classes in medical communication, workplace stress, coworker and patient behavior, medical ethics, aspects of quality assurance in phlebotomy, and certification and review.
|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.|
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.
The State of California Department of Health Services has fully approved the phlebotomy technician program at MTI. Upon completion of the program and the required externship, students are allowed to take the Certified Phlebotomy Technician exam, also known as the 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 will make the student eligible to receive their state license as a certified phlebotomist. This exam is administered at MTI College.
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, and Sacramento is no exception. The phlebotomy technician program at MTI College will prepare students for work in a medical lab or other potential healthcare careers.
Due to a persistent and growing need for healthcare based on reliable diagnostic measures, the field of phlebotomy is projected to continue to grow, with new positions being added in virtually every community in the nation over the next several years, or even decades. A solid education in phlebotomy comes with several perks, but perhaps the greatest of all is the security of entering a field that will continue to grow and add positions for years to come.
The MTI College Phlebotomist program can be taken in conjunction with the medical assistant program to expand the student’s medical skills and knowledge and widen their healthcare employment opportunities.
Career Advancement Opportunities
Phlebotomists enjoy excellent working conditions, are well respected as necessary members of the medical and healthcare teams that they work with, and report high job satisfaction in the overwhelming majority of their postings. Additionally, good practicing phlebotomists are often given opportunities to advance in their careers through specialization in a variety of hospital, clinic and lab settings. Phlebotomy is a highly specialized field, to begin with, and specializing further within the field can be a route to a higher salary, better job satisfaction, and even improved working conditions than those enjoyed by phlebotomists working in a more generalized capacity.
Related DocumentsProgram Assessment 2017 (PDF)
- 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.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and Registration: $3,550
Books and Supplies: $1329
Job Placement Rate
Students enrolled in the Phlebotomy certificate program are not eligible for job placement services.
Institution-wide Job Placement Rate:
Based on the number of all MTI College diploma and degree graduates in the 2016-2017 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 2017 calendar year, MTI students achieved a 96% 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.
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.