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Get the Skills to Become a Certified Phlebotomy Technician

12 Week Hands-On Phlebotomy Certification Program in Sacramento, CA

$250 ‘SUI Loves Phlebotomy’ Scholarship Available!

This scholarship will be credited to all students that enroll in Phlebotomy program by August 10, 2022

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The best way to see if Sacramento Ultrasound Institute is the right fit for you is to contact an admissions representative. Get more information on the Phlebotomy Certificate program, class schedules, and financial aid options so that you can make an informed decision about your future. Fill out the form on our contact page to receive more information.

What is a Phlebotomist?

Phlebotomists are allied health professionals whose main responsibility is to draw blood from patients or blood donors for medical testing. Phlebotomists also play a vital administration and management of blood that has been drawn for a diagnosis, transfusion, or research-related purposes.

Daily Phlebotomist tasks can consist of:

  • Prepare patients for having their blood drawn.
  • Verify patient identities and ensure proper labeling of collection vialsVerify patient identities and ensure proper labeling of collection vials.
  • Explain the blood draw or transfusion process to patients.
  • Calm nervous patients who may have fears of having their blood drawn.
  • Perform blood draws and transfusions.
  • Follow directions of supervising physicians or lab directors.
  • Identify, label, and track blood samples.
  • Gather, inventory, and maintain blood draw instruments and supplies.
  • Provide care for patients.
  • Ensure to prevent tainting or degradation of blood samples, such as Hemolysis, which can impact the accuracy of sample or test.

Program Overview

The Phlebotomy Program consists of 2.5 weeks of in-class training and 1 week of externship.
The program consists of 24-hour didactic learning, 60 laboratory drawings, and 40 hours of externship instruction at a live laboratory facility. The curriculum prepares students with entry-level competencies in the phlebotomy profession. The students are prepared with entry-level knowledge and skills in the following area: anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, medical law and ethics, administrative procedures, and phlebotomy procedures; in addition to, having the confidence to give outpatient instructions and having the confidence to work with pediatric patients.

Program Objectives

  • Understand all procedures of working as a phlebotomist
  • Ability to draw patient’s blood with confidence
  • Ability to communicate with patients and give out instructions
  • Ability to release, analyze and process diagnostic data using Electronic Medical Records
  • Understand the procedures and the working of processing of blood and body fluid samples for testing
  • Be prepared to take the NCPT (National Certified Phlebotomy Technician) California Licensing Test

Apply Online for Phlebotomy Certification Program

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Become Qualified in Phlebotomy

Throughout the Phlebotomy Certificate program you’ll develop the ability to recognize and respect cultural diversity; adapt your communication to an individual’s ability to understand; identify and respond effectively to verbal, nonverbal, and written communications; use medical terminology appropriately, and provide instruction to individuals according to their needs. Lastly, you’ll be trained in how to perform administrative functions and, in doing so, meet the highest legal and ethical standards of the profession.

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Get Real-World Experience

You will complete a 40-hour externship in an actual medical setting during the Phlebotomy program. Some schools use a virtual environment, which does not give the same quality of education. Sacramento Ultrasound Institute provides you with first-hand experience working in the field. The externship mentally prepares you to handle a multitude of situations that a Phlebotomist will encounter. The experience is valuable, as it will get you thinking like a Phlebotomist, and acts as a bridge between being a student and becoming a professional.

Certification Makes You Employable

Upon successful completion of the in-class Phlebotomy program, you will be able to sit for the National Certified Phlebotomy Technician  (NCPT) exam. Passing the exam allows you to start your hands-on 40-hour externship training in the medical setting. Upon successful completion, you can apply for the California CPT I license. Having the license allows you to pursue employment as a Certified Phlebotomist.

Diverse Career Prospects

Phlebotomists work in a variety of settings, including physicians’ offices, hospitals, clinical laboratories, nursing homes, blood donation centers, and other medical offices.

What is the average Phlebotomist’s salary?

According to Career Explorer, in the State of California, a phlebotomist can earn a salary between $31,900 and $60,634 per year. The same report says the hourly salary can range from $15.34 to $29.15 per hour.

On, the average hourly salary of a phlebotomist in California is $21.75, though there are hourly jobs listed ranging from 18.38 to $35.00 an hour. shows the median salary for a phlebotomist in California is $39,211, with the yearly salary ranging from $31,774 to $47,970.

Important Qualities of Phlebotomy Technician 

Compassion. Some patients or clients are afraid of having their blood drawn, so phlebotomists should be caring in performing their duties. 

Detail-oriented. Phlebotomists must draw the correct vials of blood for the tests ordered, track vials of blood, and enter data into a database. Attention to detail is necessary; otherwise, the specimens may be misplaced or lost, or a patient may be injured. 

Dexterity. Phlebotomists work with their hands, and they must be able to use their equipment efficiently and properly. 

Hand-eye coordination. Phlebotomists draw blood from many patients, and they must perform their duties successfully on the first attempt, or their patients will experience discomfort. 

Physical stamina. Phlebotomists are on their feet for long periods and must continue to take accurate blood samples throughout their workday. 

General Admissions Requirements

    • Must be a current resident in California. Government-issued I.D. is required.
      • Be at least 18 years of age (Age will be verified with Individual’s I.D.)
      • Provide documentation of eligibility to work in the United States.
      • Provide proof of appropriate educational requirements such as:
        • Copy of high school diploma or GED or
        • Copy of high school transcript showing graduation date.
    • Please Note:
      • Documentation of proof of completion of a high school diploma or secondary education from a foreign country must be officially translated into English and show the equivalency of education in the United States; high school diploma, associate or bachelor’s degree. Evaluation of foreign transcripts must be completed by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation. Information regarding this organization and its members can be found at
      • Students must notify the institution if they plan to relocate out of state. SUI is only approved to operate in the state of California. Relocating out of state may adversely impact a student’s ability to complete their program. Students must submit the Change of Address Form via the student portal prior to relocation.

Next Start Dates:

July 5, 2022
August 15, 2022
September 26, 2022
November 7, 2022

General Information

Program Hours: 124 Hours
Program Length: 12 Weeks
Credits: 4 Credits
Instruction: Residential
Credential Awarded: Certificate

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