Before enrolling in a phlebotomy program, do your research to confirm that the school has a strong reputation (e.g. Yelp reviews, google reviews, etc.) and if applicable, is accredited or approved by a recognized state-approved agency and that the course is approved by the state’s Public Health Department.
In California, all phlebotomy training programs must be approved by the California Department of Public Health and provide a minimum of 40 hours of in-classroom phlebotomy instruction and 40 hours of internship experience at an approved clinical lab or hospital. However, it is strongly recommended that students receive at least 80-100 hours of in-classroom instruction to ensure that students have ample time to absorb the information and practice their blood drawing skills in a controlled setting. This additional classroom time also helps to better prepare students to successfully pass a recognized national phlebotomy exam (e.g. the NCCT exam) and complete their internship. Prospective students should consider a school’s national exam pass rate as a good indicator of the school’s ability successfully prepare their students.
Another thing to consider when deciding on a school is to understand the number and types of internship opportunities available. It is important that a school offers a large number and wide variety of internships opportunities to ensure that students are able to successfully complete their internship in a timely fashion, including performing at least 50 blood draws and 10 finger sticks.