When pursuing a career in phlebotomy, it is important to graduate from a qualified respected phlebotomy school. For example, the state of California only issues phlebotomy licenses to those students that have attended a training program approved by the California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”). But what should you be looking for in a phlebotomy program?
When researching for the perfect school, look for programs that provide enough classroom hours to properly prepare you to pass a nationally-approved phlebotomy exam and successfully complete a student internship. Quality programs typically provide the following in-classroom instruction:
- 20 hours of Basic Didactic Phlebotomy Training (theory)
- 20 hours of Advanced Didactic Phlebotomy Training (theory)
- 40-60 hours of Classroom Phlebotomy Training (hands-on)
These reputable schools also place students in 1-3 week-long internships with leading clinical and hospital laboratories. In fact, California students must successfully complete such an internship before the CDPH will issue a license to that student.