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Phlebotomy Program Admission

In order to ensure that applicants meet the entry level requirements for training that will lead toward certification, we require certain documentation for students enrolling in our Phlebotomy course.

A copy of ONE of the following documents is required:

  • High School Diploma: A high school diploma and transcript from an institution in the United States of America to be provided by the applicant
  • General Education Diploma (GED): Passing verification from certifying agency to be provided by applicant

And students also require two Official Sealed Transcripts for admission.

Other General Requirements:

  • Students must be at least 18 years of age
  • A current American Heart Association BLS CPR Card is required
  • Proof of a negative TB (Tuberculosis) Skin Test or negative chest x-ray administered within three months prior to the class
  • Proof of current MMR (Mumps, Measles, & Rubella) and Varicella Immunization or Titer
  • Proof of Hepatitis B Vaccination
  • Background Report and Professional Liability Insurance
  • A physical exam stating the student is fit to work

Note: If you cannot meet certain requirements due to special circumstances, please contact RCI directly by clicking here. CPR classes and insurance assistance are available.

Do you qualify as a BASIC or ADVANCED student?

  • Most new students qualify for the full course which is comprised of both BASIC and ADVANCED sessions, plus a 40-hour Externship.
  • If you have previous experience in California as a Phlebotomist you may qualify for the ADVANCED course only. Please call us at 626-455-0312 for additional clarification.

On-the-Job Experience

  1. Applicants who have 1040 hours or more of documented experience as a phlebotomist must document completion of an approved 20 hour Advanced Didactic Program in Phlebotomy, document 50 successful venipunctures and 10 successful skin punctures on patients, take an approved Certification Examination and apply to the State of California for an application to become State Certified as a Phlebotomist.
  2. Applicants who have less than 1040 hours of documented experience and more than 1 hour of documented experience as a phlebotomist must take an approved didactic program of 20 hours of Basic and 20 hours of Advanced Didactic Course in Phlebotomy, 40 hours of documented clinical training completing 50 venipunctures and 10 successful skin punctures, take an approved Certification Examination and apply to the State of California for an application to become State Certified as a Phlebotomist.
  3. Applicants with no experience as a phlebotomist must take an approved Didactic Program of 20 hours of Basic and 20 hours of Advanced Didactic course in phlebotomy, 40 hours of documented clinical training completing 50 venipunctures and 10 successful skin punctures, take an approved Certification Examination and apply to the State of California for an application to become State Certified as a Phlebotomist.

Students with Disabilities

RCI may provide reasonable accommodations during a program to students with disabilities (including learning disabilities). Reasonable accommodations are defined as accommodations that do not fundamentally alter the program. All students are still required to meet the program's enrollment requirements.

If you require special accommodations, please submit your written request along with your program registration. Upon receipt, you will be contacted by our Client Services Manager to discuss your request and obtain your current disability evaluation. (The evaluation must include a comprehensive diagnosis and testing conducted during adulthood or within 3 years of the student's initial request for disability-related services.) For assistance with any questions concerning special accommodations, please contact our Client Services Manager at 626-455-0312.

California State Certification

Each student, post-graduation, can complete a California State Phlebotomy Certification application (with all required documents) and submit it to the California Department of Public Health Laboratory Field Services (LFS). If you need assistance you can call or set an appointment with the RCI staff, who will guide you through the certification process. Our Certification and Resources & FAQs pages will also have additional useful information for this process.

Call RCIIf you have any questions/concerns please email us or call 626-455-0312

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