What certification will I receive after completing the program?
The Phlebotomy & Medical Lab Assistant program is approved by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and meets all requirements for completers to qualify to take the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians (ASPT) and/or the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) certification exams.
What will I learn in this program?
This course provides entry-level, training as a Phlebotomy Technician as well as training in the medical laboratory field. Employment possibilities include clinical laboratory assistant and research laboratory assistant. Instruction will cover the following areas: general laboratory, phlebotomy, collection and handling of specimens, hematology, urinalysis, serology, immunohematology, clinical chemistry, histology, cytology, microbiology, and parasitology. Legal aspects of the clinical lab for lab personnel are included. Students may use equipment, which includes automated cell counters, clinical microscopes, incubators, centrifuges and more.
Upon completion of this program, students will understand the following:
What are the requirements to take this course?
- Be 18 or older
- Attend a mandatory orientation either in person or by Zoom
- Proof of required immunizations (list will be provided at registration)
- Be a high school graduate or equivalent (must have an official sealed transcript)
Please check the program guide to for the most current list of requirements.
When is the program offered?
We offer two schedules for our Phlebotomy & MLA program:
- A 1-semester course (5 months) that is offered twice a year starting in August and January. The course is Tuesday/Thursday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.
- A year long course (10 months) that is offered once a year starting in August. The course is Tuesday/Thursday, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
All students will also be required to complete a 160-hour internship at the completion of the course.
Please check the program guide to for the most current schedule.
How much does the program cost?
The program registration fee for the 21-22 school year is $700 and is due in full at the time of registration.
Are there any additional costs associated with the program?
Yes. All students will need to complete an American Heart Association (AHA) approved Basic Life Support course. We offer the course at the beginning of each semester for $55. Additional fees that need to be considered average approximately $650 and may include:
- Background check
- Testing fees
Is financial aid or tuition assistance available?
Tuition assistance may be available to those that qualify through the East County Career Center (ECCC). Contact ECCC
for more information.
What is the refund policy?
Students have until the last day of the second week of class to request a refund for the registration fee minus a $25 processing fee.
Prices subject to change. Please check the program guide to for the most current cost.
What is the job outlook?
According to the California Economic Development Department, employment opportunities for Certified Phlebotomy Technicians are predicted to increase by 28.7% or 3,700 jobs between 2016 and 2026. Explore the links below for more information about the labor market for Certified Phlebotomy Technicians.
Carol Curl has been an instructor for the Phlebotomy and Medical Lab Assistant program since 1998. She holds a Designated Subjects Teaching Credential to teach Career Technical Education courses in California. Carol worked iin the field as a phlebotomist for over 5 years.
Where is training for the program completed?
Skills lab work for the Phlebotomy and Medical Lab Assistant Program is performed in our new state of the art phlebotomy lab, completed in January 2020, located at the Health Occupations Center in Santee. The lab contains 8 phlebotomy stations and is fully stocked with all of the necessary equipment and supplies to prepare students for the move directly into the field following the completion of the program.
I'm interested! What are my next steps?
The Phlebotomy and Medical Lab Assistant program accepts students twice a year through an orientation and application process. Check the Program Guide for the next class start date. If you would like to pursue a career as a Phlebotomist and Medical Lab Assistant click the How to Get Started button or visit the How to Get Started
page for the orientation video and application process.