Phlebotomy Technician Training Program

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Phlebotomy Technician

If you are ready for a new career in the medical field and want to work directly with patients, the Phlebotomy Technician program may be right for you. This program is also a great choice if you are currently working in the healthcare field and want to advance your career.

The Phlebotomy Technician program is designed to help you acquire the practical knowledge and hand on skills you will need to draw blood from patients as an entry-level phlebotomist. No previous medical experience is required.

The Phlebotomy Technician Training Program includes:

40 hours of basic and advanced didactic classroom instruction

40 hour externship


We do not require prior medical experience to take our course. It is required that you are a high school graduate from an accredited high school in the United States or have a GED equivalent. If you obtained your high school diploma outside of the country you will need your foreign transcripts evaluated. Laboratory Field Services (LFS) will accept educational transcript evaluations from “current members” of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc (AICE)


Through lectures, interactive presentations, skills labs, and simulations, you will gain the knowledge and skill to administer blood draws on patients. Techniques will first be practiced on manikin arms (blue word linked to pic), followed by practicing a variety of different venipunctures on classmates during the laboratory portion of the class.

In addition to learning the specialized skill of drawing blood and processing blood samples, you will learn medical terminology and anatomy as it pertains to phlebotomy. You will also learn blood sampling procedures, laboratory safety, effective patient communication and the proper methods to clean up spills to prevent infection.

Once you successfully finish the classroom portion of the program, you will complete your training at one of our state approved externship sites; such as a hospital, physician’s office or patient service center.


Externship is an opportunity to practice the skills you have learned in the classroom portion of the program. Think of externship as on-the-job training. Externship allows you to be placed at an offsite location like a hospital, clinic or laboratory to complete the required hours for the practical portion of the program.

All programs offered through American Harbor College partners include didactic and practical training. Didactic training or classroom training will build the foundation as what you learn in the classroom. The didactic portion of the program may include learning medical terminology, anatomy or safety procedures. In the practical part of the program, you will practice procedures like blood draws on classmates. The majority of your practical training will come from the experience you receive during externship.

There are many benefits to completing an externship. In addition to being able to practice your skills in a live setting, you will experience what it is like working in the field. In fact, many externship sites host externs, in part, to find qualified candidates to hire. In some cases, externship can lead to employment at the externship location.

What makes American Harbor College different?


THIS PROGRAM IS NATIONAL ACCREDITED THOUGH Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)


Our Phlebotomy Technician I program is approved by the California Department of Public Health Laboratory Field Services (CDPH/LFS). To be eligible for a California License, graduates must pass a National Certification Exam and apply to the CDPH/LFS. Specific details will be reviewed with you during your enrollment process.


Upon completion of the program and the required externship, students may take the National Certified Exam (NCE), through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) or National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT). Students who pass the NCE may apply for state licensure CPT1 through the California Department of Public Health Laboratory Field Services.


We offer day, evening and weekend classes!


If you are looking for phlebotomy technician training in Orange County, American Harbor College has you covered.  Accessible from Huntington Beach, Irvine, Fullerton and major cities in Orange County, AHC offers accredited phlebotomy training near you!


Your success is our success! We offer the following services to ensure your success in the Phlebotomy field:

Career Development

Resume writing

Interviewing techniques and role-play

Job leads and referrals


The expanding healthcare field, along with the growing need for reliable diagnostic testing, makes a phlebotomy technician position a great career choice. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook, Phlebotomists can expect a 25% job growth through 2024.

To learn more about career opportunities in Phlebotomy, contact American Harbor College today 714-941-8224

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