We have compiled online resources and a list of frequently asked questions to help you learn more about RCI. You can also contact our experienced staff and we will be more than happy to help answer as well as providing you with further information about the certifications you are interested in.
A phlebotomy certificate from LFS certifies to practice as a phlebotomist in the state of California. A phlebotomy diploma from RCI certifies that you have fullfilled the requirements to be able to take the national exam, required for state certification.
RCI is a California State approved school licensed to conduct phlebotomy, IV therapy & blood withdrawal, electrocardiograph (ECG/EKG), and CPR certification and training.
Laboratory Field Services (LFS) is the primary link between the health of California citizens and quality-oriented, accurate, and reliable clinical laboratory testing. LFS provides oversight for clinical and public health laboratory operations and for the licensing and certification of technicians and other testing personnel who work in clinical laboratories.
You are encouraged to apply online with LFS and pay the application fees via credit card. You may apply online by visiting: www.dhs.ca.gov/lfs and clicking on the "Online Application" link. You can get a printable application online at the website address above as well.
Contact your high school to have your official transcripts sent to our address or provide LFS with an official copy of your transcript in sealed envelope. You may provide an original notarized copy of your high school diploma as well.
You will have to complete a GED or have your foreign degree either evaluated by AACRAO or obtain an official translation of the foreign transcript. You can contact AACRAO at http://www.aacrao.org.
Contact LFS in writing to explain your situation. Solutions will be based on an individual basis.
Yes, you may use (510) 620-3822 or (510) 620-3692.
No, your cashed check is proof of the receipt of your application. LFS will send you a deficiency letter or approval letter accordingly.
Write or fax the information to RCI. Tell us whether you are already certified or pending certification.
Send a copy of the certificate with the mistake indicated and show what correction is needed. Send a copy of your valid driver's license or other photo identification for verification. You will be issued a corrected certificate, but you must return the original certificate containing the error.
Put the request in writing to LFS and include $13 for the duplicate copy.
The phlebotomist's primary role is to collect blood from patients ensuring the most accurate and reliable test results possible. The phlebotomist is cross-trained in venipuncture, capillary collection, and patient care (among other related areas).
Phlebotomists are important members of the health care team. They are representatives of the laboratory and the health care center, are in direct contact with the patient, and perform tasks that are critical to the patient's diagnosis and care. Phlebotomists are part of a health care team that can be as large as 3,000 people in a large hospital, or two or more in a small clinic.
Effective April 9, 2003, all persons performing phlebotomy who are not California licensed physicians, nurses, clinical lab scientists, or other licensed professionals where phlebotomy is not in their scope of practice must be certified as a phlebotomist before they can draw blood.
Persons who were certified prior to April 9, 2003 ("old certification") and who were employed as phlebotomists as of that date can continue to work until December 31, 2006 provided their application for State certification was submitted to the California Department of Public Health Laboratory Field Services (LFS) by July 1, 2006. Sometimes this is called "grand-fathering". All other persons must have the new certification in order to work as a phlebotomist.
There are three kinds of California Phlebotomy Certifications:
The laboratory or medical director must complete a form that lists your dates of employment and approximate number of phlebotomy procedures performed.
There currently are six certifying organizations approved to give phlebotomy exams for certification purposes in California. The exams are given by ACA (574) 277-4538; AMT (800) 275-1268; ASCP (312) 738-1336; NCCT/MMCI (800) 875-4404; NCA (913) 438-5110; and NHA (800) 499-9092. You may contact them directly about taking their exam.
No, every phlebotomist must obtain state certification individually.
Yes, California law requires the certifying exam to be approved on or after April 2003, the effective date of the law change. If you took the exam prior to that, you may have to take it again.
Renewal papers will be sent to you approximately 60 days prior to the expiration of your certificate. You will need to have completed 6 hours of continuing education over the course of two years to renew your certificate and pay a fee. A new certificate will be sent to you.
RCI offers continuing education classes for Phlebotomy, and IV Therapy & Blood Withdrawal. Call RCI at 626-455-0312 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No, this is up to you and is not required by the State of California.
This is not required by the State of California.
Once a complete application is received by the state, the processing usually takes about 60 days.
No, you cannot work until you are certified as a phlebotomist by the state.
The new requirements do not apply to anybody who is an MA, EMT or BDP, or to other licensed persons who can draw blood within their scope of practice at certain locations. These new rules are for persons drawing blood as phlebotomists for diagnostic purposes, such as for a hospital or clinical laboratory.
Yes, in specific situations a CPT can draw blood for police agencies or insurance applicants.