How to Become a Phlebotomist in California

The state of California has some of the strictest regulations regarding health practices, and this applies especially to Phlebotomy Certification. From having nationally-approved schools and training institutes that you need to get your accreditation from, to having a strictly regulated license application process, every step in the process of getting yourself qualified to practice in the state comes with its own set of rules and regulations

So without further ado, let’s take a look at this process, from start to finish.

Step 1: Complete your term at a state approved school

The first step towards becoming a Phlebotomist in California must be taken after you’ve earned your high school diploma or GED. You should take a look at the California Department of Public Health’s list of approved schools, and select an institute that offers the requisite level of classes that you need. While individual program requirements will vary from program to program, you should expect to put in at least some level of classroom time, as well as training in a clinical environment.

Before being considered a graduate, you will also most likely be required to complete an externship at a hospital or clinic. Having done that and completed your hours in the classroom, you’ll be eligible to receive your completion certificate, marking the completion of this stage.

Step 2: Pass your Phlebotomy Certification Examination and earn your certification

The next step involves completing the required training, classes, and practical requirements for becoming certified at one of three levels. Only the first two levels will be applicable for prospective applicants without any on job experience, as the third level requires over a thousand hours of it. Candidates may either opt for LPT (Limited Phlebotomy Technician) or CPT I (Certified Phlebotomy Technician – I), and must complete basic and advanced classes, and complete a certain number of practical procedures before being certified.

Part of the CPT I certification process involves clearing a written exam, the Phlebotomy Certification Examination. Once you’ve cleared this exam, you’re eligible to receive your certification, and therefore, are one step closer to becoming a certified Phlebotomist.

Step 3: Apply to the CDPH website to become a Licensed Phlebotomist

You’ve reached the home stretch. Now all you have to do is verify and submit the training you’ve undergone and the certificates you’ve earned at the CDPH website. After registering for an account at: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OSPHLD/LFS/Pages/ClinicalLaboratoryPersonnel.aspx, you’ll have to fill out the details of your medical training, as well as upload copies of your certificates. Then it’s a simple matter of filling out a few personal details and selecting the appropriate certification, and then all you have to do is wait for your application to be processed.

If you’d like more information on how to become a Phlebotomist in California, contact the NAPTP for further assistance and guidance.

Phlebotomy Certification Opens the Door to Opportunities

If you are in the medical health industry or are looking to join it, phlebotomy certification provides an exceptional foundation to a long-term career that is in demand throughout the nation as well as the world. Go further and set yourself apart from the competition with a national certification and become an asset with options.  

Phlebotomy Career Training offers everything you need to begin your career as well as maintain and grow it. Phlebotomy certification offers several tiers or levels of certification and can be paired with telemetry, IV certification, cardio EKG certification, medical assistant certification, and so much more!

Have you ever thought about medical billing and coding? Becoming a pharmacy technician? Or does patient care interest you? All of these career options are available for you to explore at PCT.

All courses are Nationally Accredited, available both online and in class and are taught by experienced educators working in the field. California may be the beginning of your medical health career journey; however, you can take it anywhere with a national certification. Call PCT and speak with a program specialist today!