The first time you were poked with a needle to have blood drawn, what went through your mind? If you thought you’d like to do that some day, then phlebotomy is for you!
List of Phlebotomy Training Schools in San Diego
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Requirements and Eligibility
In San Diego, there are three types of phlebotomists in the city: the limited phlebotomy technician, the certified phlebotomy technician 1 and the certified phlebotomy technician 2. You must have a high school diploma or a GED to begin training for any of the three spots named above. Also to become certified for any of the positions, you must pass the national exam.
To become a certified limited technician, you must have 20 hours in a classroom via an accredited program – which will be discussed later. You must also do at least 25 supervised skin punctures. These can be done on training arms or on patients since you will be supervised.
If you want to be a certified phlebotomy technician one, you must have 40 hours of classroom training, as well as 40 hours of clinical experience.
To be a certified phlebotomy technician two, you must be a certified technician one and have had at least 1040 hours of clinical experience in the past five years. You must also do 20 supervised arterial punctures, and have a written letter stating that you have done them. Only a licensed practitioner can give you this letter.
Application and Costs
Where you go will determine how much you spend on your phlebotomy training.
At the Family Health Services Training Center, you have to request a quote. However, if you have had experience of at least six months, you will have to complete 40 hours of classroom work. After that, you can be certified. You also have the option of taking basic and advanced courses online if you have the experience.
If you have no experience, you will do 50 hours of applied instruction and 80 hours of clinical experience in addition to the 40 hours in the classroom. These classes will prepare you for the national exam, no matter which route you end up going.
The San Diego Mesa College also offers a phlebotomy course. You will complete a minimum of 50 to 100 venipunctures, 25 capillary punctures, and observe two arterial punctures. The minimums you complete must be done successfully. Upon completion, you get a certificate that says you have performed well, but you must take the national exam before becoming a fully licensed practitioner.
You will pay $26 if you live in California. The price is higher for those who do not live in the state. However, this does not include books, supplies, the exam fees, a background check, or the uniforms that you will need.
The San Diego County Regional Occupational Program also has a phlebotomy program. This is completely free of tuition, but you must pay for classroom and book fees. A win win for someone on a budget. This is a good option for simply prepping for an entry level job in the general healthcare industry while you save up for a real phlebotomy class.
As mentioned earlier, the basic and advanced courses can be taken online at the Family Health Services Training Center if you have had six months of experience prior to taking the classes.
If you have not had six months of experience, one option is Phlebotomy Services. However, this class does not count as a way to prep you for the national exam in California. It’s $899, and consists of two online days and one in person day.
Maintaining and Renewing Your License
To maintain your license, you must be reviewed annually for competency. You will also have to show your certification or license in a prominent place in your work space or person. You must also take three hours of continued education classes each year. If you are a phlebotomy technician I or limited technician, you are reviewed monthly on supervised skin punctures.
To renew your license, you must do two things. The first is make sure you are taking the three hours of classes each year for a total of six every two years. You must also pay a fee.
Salary and Jobs
The median salary in California is $38,101 a year. Entry level jobs pay about $30,691 and higher paying jobs can pay up to $46,090.
As a phlebotomist, your main job is drawing, labeling, and storing blood correctly.