Phlebotomy Basic and Advanced Program

Program Staff

Program Director:

Christine Lush, BSN, RN


Agnes Wright, MA, CPT 1 (CA-DHS), NCPT (MMCI)

Mission Statemnent

The mission of the Phlebotomy Technician program is to graduate highly qualified professional and compassionate Phlebotomy technicians. The Phlebotomy Technician Program is consistent with the mission and goals of Kaiser Permanente School of Allied Health Sciences. The primary goal of phlebotomy technician program is to educate students with didactic, laboratory, clinical experiences that encompass emerging and innovative technology in the preparation for a health care career as a Phlebotomist Technician. The program promotes professional growth and life-long learning with the emphasis on ethical behavior in all aspects of educational experiences. The program’s curriculum is designed to meet the standards established by the California Department of Health, Laboratory Field Services, Clinical Laboratory Improvements Act 88’ (CLIA), Clinical laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI), OSHA and Joint Commission Review Committee.

Program Description

This program provides education for individuals seeking a career in the laboratory as a California Certified Phlebotomy Technician I (CPT I). The 320-hour basic certified CPT I Program provides 80 hours theory didactic, 80 hours in-class practicum, and 160 hours clinical. The didactic and practical course will take place at participating affiliations in Northern California. Program participants can expect substantial off-campus study in preparation for classroom training.

Individuals who successfully complete the Basic/Advanced Phlebotomy Technician program will receive a certificate of completion from KPSAHS allowing students to sit for the National certification examination. Upon passing the National examination graduates are eligible to apply to the State for CPT I certification.

Graduates of the CPT I program may earn a CPT II certificate from the State by completing an additional documented 22 arterial punctures. This clinical training is not included in the KPSAHS curriculum. There is a $50.00 processing fee for the CPT II certification (no cash- all payments by check, money order, or credit card). The State of California Department of Health Services requires a separate application for the CPT II certification.

Educational Goals of the Phlebotomy Program

To prepare the learner with the basic background information on phlebotomy including:

  • The history of phlebotomy and the role of the phlebotomist technician.
  • Prepare students to successfully pass the national examination.
  • Prepare students to think and act independently while developing skills in team building.
  • Students will demonstrate a commitment to personal and professional growth and ethical behavior.
  • Students will demonstrate excellence in patient care by exhibiting clinical competence, confidentiality, professionalism, and good communication.
  • Students will learn blood borne pathogens and safety techniques to prevent injuries to the patients, team members, and themselves.

Phlebotomist Duties

The primary responsibilities for the Certified Phlebotomy Technician I involve venipuncture, skin puncture, specimen processing, and patient registration.

Program Structure

The 320-hour Basic/Advanced Phlebotomy Technician Program provide didactic and clinical education for individuals who seek to work in a clinical laboratory as a Phlebotomy Technician with California CPT I or II Certification.

Graduates of the Basic/Advanced Phlebotomy Program will receive a Certificate of Completion and will be eligible to sit for National certification examinations and apply for State Certification. Graduates from the program interested in obtaining CPT II certification must submit additional documentation that they have completed 20 arterial punctures. Clinical training for arterial punctures is not included in the KPSAHS curriculum. Graduates must complete the required arterial punctures on their own. Once a graduate has submitted documentation verifying completion of 20 arterial punctures, KPSAHS will provide a Certificate of Completion.


To maintain eligibility, applicants must submit a completed application packet and complete and pass the mandatory background check and drug screening policy. Failure to complete requirements will result in the loss of applicant eligibility. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. No exceptions will be made.

A completed application packet includes the following:

  • 1. Current, signed, and dated application.
  • 2. Non-refundable $55.00 application fee for accepted applications only; checks must be made payable to KPSAHS. Visa, MasterCard, and money orders are also accepted. Cash will not be accepted.
  • 3. Official sealed High School Transcripts, GED, or official sealed college transcripts documenting 12 credits from an accredited college. All foreign diplomas and documents must include an official notarized translation in English and be evaluated by a foreign transcript evaluating agency prior to submission. Photocopies are not accepted. No exceptions.
  • 4. Documentation of Physical Examination: Valid throughout the completion date of the program. Exam must be documented on letterhead from the Physician’s Office or Medical Facility and include the applicant’s name. The exam must display original signature/initials from the Physician or authorized personnel. Photocopies are not accepted. No exceptions.
  • 5. Documentation of Immunizations:
  • 6. Please have your HealthCare Provider or Authorized Medical Personnel complete the following “Immunization Form” (page C). The immunization form and official immunization documents must be included with the application.
  • 7. All documentation must remain valid throughout the duration of the completion date of the program.
  • 8. Proof of Immunization Records is solely the responsibility of the applicant. KPSAHS cannot view or retrieve immunization records from the Kaiser Permanente computer system.
  • 9. Valid CPR card from the American Heart Association, Healthcare Provider Level, Basic Life Support course, two (2) year certification; applicant must present a valid CPR card at the time of submitting an application. Letters of course completion cannot be submitted in lieu of card. No exceptions will be made.


Physical Requirements

Students should be physically able to:

  • Stand and/or walk up to 6½ hours throughout an 8-hour shift
  • Lift and move a minimum of 50 pounds
  • Operate all laboratory equipment
  • Reach forward 18 inches, bend, crouch, or stoop 20 times per hour

Completion Requirements

All students must be in attendance the entire 320 hours of the program. The State of California mandated educational requirements cannot be met if a student has excessive absence or tardiness. The 320 hour Basic Educational Course is offered approximately every 6 weeks.

Reasonable accommodations will be made for individuals with appropriate Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) documentation.

2014 Schedule - Phlebotomy

Quarter Application Deadline Course Dates
Winter Closed January 2 - March 21, 2014
Spring January 16, 2014 at 1 PM March 31 - June 20, 2014
Summer March 13, 2014 at 1 PM June 30 - September 19, 2014
Fall June 12, 2014 at 1 PM September 29 - December 19, 2014

Please Note: The Information provided in this website is subject to change without notice.

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Phlebotomy CEU Course

Phlebotomy CEU courses for 2014:

March 12
June 11
September 10

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