Phlebotomy Department

This program prepares students to perform venipunctures, capillary punctures, and basic blood lab tests required for entry-level phlebotomy technician positions in clinics, laboratories and other health care settings.

Due to the high volume of applicants, we are not accepting anymore Phlebotomy Program applications for Fall 2018.

All students must complete the online information session and quiz prior to applying to the program.

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Online Phlebotomy Information Session

Phlebotomy Information Session Quiz


San Diego Mesa College
Phlebotomy Training Program

A Phlebotomy Technician (Phlebotomist) is an integral member of the medical laboratory team.  The primary function of a phlebotomy technician is the collection of blood samples from patients by venipuncture or capillary puncture (micro-collection techniques).  Phlebotomy technicians facilitate the collecting, transporting and handling of laboratory specimens.  The phlebotomy profession mandates that strict professional behavior and standards of practice be followed to assure specimen quality and patient safety.  Phlebotomy technicians may seek employment in inpatient hospital laboratories, outpatient laboratories, medical clinics, and physician offices.  This is a restricted program due to the health and safety of patients in the clinical setting.  Students admitted to the program are required to submit to a background check and drug screen.  Students are responsible for these costs.  The average cost is $65. 

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Students will be completing the majority of their clinical rotation at R. J. Donovan State Correctional Facility.  Students admitted into the program will be required to complete a background check for the prison gate clearance (no cost).  Students cannot have family members incarcerated at any California State Correctional Facility in order to complete their DCP hours at Donovan.

 Program Description

The San Diego Mesa College Phlebotomy Training Program is a one-semester program designed to prepare students to obtain blood specimens by capillary puncture and venipuncture using proper techniques and skills on adults, children and infants.  During the program students will learn proper collection, transport and handling of blood and blood collection equipment, capillary and venipuncture collection.  The phlebotomy training program will also cover pre-analytic complications, specimen collection procedures and collection from adult, geriatric and pediatric patients.  Laboratory training and a directed clinical practice (externship) are included in the program to reinforce the didactic content.

Degrees and Certification Granted

Certificate of Performance– Phlebotomy Technician Training

Students who successfully complete the one semester Phlebotomy Certificate of Performance are eligible to apply for California state licensure as a Certified Phlebotomy Technician 1 (CPT1).

The new California regulations were signed and became effective April 9, 2003. You may obtain a state certificate by following the three-step process: (1) take classroom instruction from an approved phlebotomy training program, (2) pass a written certification examination, and (3) submit an application form to the state with the required documents and fees.

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