How to Become a Phlebotomist in California

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If you want to work in the healthcare industry, you could become a phlebotomist.

But first, check out the requirements and info for this profession in California.

Phlebotomist Employment and Job Duties in California

In California, you can easily find a job in the field, as there are many career opportunities.

There are many facilities hiring phlebotomists, which include:

  • Hospital and clinics
  • Blood banks
  • Labs
  • Nursing homes
  • Community Health Centers
  • Doctor’s Offices
  • Other Health Care Facilities

One of the job duties you will have to perform include drawing blood from people.

Furthermore, you will also have to complete other tasks.

Some of these include:

  • Venipunctures
  • Choosing the correct vials
  • Correctly labeling samples
  • Organizing and sending off samples to the lab for testing
  • Communicating with patients
  • Following strict procedures

You should know that some facilities may ask you to work at any hour of the day.

This means that the schedules can be hectic, so keep this in mind before getting hired.

Requirements to Become a Phlebotomist in California

In California, there are no particular requirements you need to fulfill.

This profession is managed by the California Department of Health and Social Services.

However, if you want to find employment fast, you should get a certification.

Generally, for this position you will need to show:

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • Specialized training
  • Strong communication skills
  • Good listening skills
  • Be detail-oriented

Some of these abilities are needed to explain procedures to patients or to try to calm them down when they show signs of anxiety.

To prevent certain accidents, the phlebotomist should ask the patient about any particular health problem.

Phlebotomist Training in California

To get certified, you will first need to find a training school and enroll in a program.

When looking for a program, choose one that has accreditation from the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory.

Programs last for at least 3 weeks but can reach up to 6 months.

After the program is completed, you will be able to get your certification and start practicing.

Keep in mind that the classes will finish with an exam which you need to pass first.

In California, you need to have a clean background record to become certified.

You can check out the schools below when searching for a training program.

43 Phlebotomy Schools in California

School NameAddress
Allied Medical and Health Services Inc.730 S. Central Ave., Ste 208, Glendale CA 91204
Allied Professional Institute5199 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste 401, Long Beach, CA 90804
Angeles College of Nursing3440 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 310, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Bay Area Medical AcademyOne Hallidie Plaza, Suite 406, San Francisco, CA 94102
Butte County CTE2491 Carmichael Drive, Suite 500, Chico, CA 95928
California Institute of Medical Science1315 Shaw, Ste. 102, Clovis, CA
California Nurses Educational Institute5200 E. Ramon Road Suite I-1, Palm Springs, CA 92264
Central Coast College480 S. Main St. Salinas, CA 93901
Clinical Training Institute2775 N. Ventura Road Ste. 208, Oxnard, CA 93036
Clinical Training Institute1731 Hasti Acres Dr. Ste. B-4, Bakersfield, CA 93309
Clinical Training Institute43801 15th Street, West Lancaster, CA 93534
Clinical Training Institute521 E. Chapel Street Ste. Santa Maria, CA 93454
Clinical Training Institute21018 Victory Blvd. Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Complete Phlebotomy Training, Inc.28125 Bradley Road, Suite #290 Menifee (Sun City), CA 92586
Computer Institute of Technology11631 Victory Blvd. Suite 205 North Hollywood, CA 91606
Contra Costa Medical Career College4051 Lone Tree Way, Suite C Antioch, CA 94531
Cuesta CollegeHighway 1, San Luis Obispo, CA 93403
Cuesta College2800 Buena Vista Drive, Paso Robles, CA 93446
Crescent College 5940 Santa Fe Ave. Huntington Park, CA 90255
De Anza College21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014
Diablo Medical Training929 Second Street, Suite 16 Brentwood, CA 94513
Downey Adult School12340 Woodruff Avenue, Downey, CA 90241
Healthcare Career College8527 Alondra Blvd, Suite #174, Paramount, CA 90723
Health Career College115 Crescent Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Kaiser Permanente School of Allied Health938 Marina Way, South Richmond, CA 94804
LA Vocational Institute3550 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 809, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Lake Tahoe Community College1 College Drive South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Liberty Career College906 19th Street Bakersfield, CA 93301
Loma Linda University11092 Anderson Street Loma Linda, CA 92354
Los Angeles ORT College6435 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048
Mission Career College9731 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, CA 92503;
Mission Career College2211 Hunts Lane, Suite Q & R, San Bernardino, CA 92408
MTI College5221 Madison Avenue Sacramento, CA 95841
National Career Education6249 Sunrise Blvd, Citrus Heights, CA 95610
National Polytechnic College6249 Sunrise Blvd, Citrus Heights, CA 95610
Palo Verde College4105 South Street, Lakewood, CA 90712
QBICS Career College1125 E. 17th St. Suite E120 Santa Ana, California 92701
Regan Career Institute925 S. Atlantic Blvd, Suite 203-B Monterey Park, CA 91754
Trinity School of Health and Allied Sciences1225 West 190th Street, Suite 375, Gardena, California 90248
UCLA Center for Prehospital Care10990 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1450 Los Angeles, CA 90024
Universal Healthcare Careers College1625 West Olympic Blvd., Suite 708, Los Angeles, CA 90015
University of California-IrvineUC Irvine Medical Center 101 The City Drive, Rt. 38 Orange, CA 92868
Wagner Training Institute1740 Plum Lane Suite B Redlands, CA 92374

Each facility will have its own admission requirements, tuition, and classes.

The training for this profession must be split in two parts:

  • Theory classes
  • Practice classes

Besides learning how to properly draw blood, you will also learn the following:

  • Medical terms
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Safety procedures
  • The 40 most common lab tests

During training, you will probably attend more practice hours than theory hours.

In some schools, the tuition also covers:

  • Exam fees
  • Uniform for the graduation

If you need help with job placement, most schools will be willing to provide this option.

Some of these institutions offer certificates upon completion of the course, while others provide degrees.

Phlebotomist Certification in California

Many clinics, hospitals, and other facilities will only employ certified candidates.

The most convenient certification to get is the national one.

Several institutions are providing this certificate:

  • American Medical Technologists
  • American Society for Clinical Pathology
  • American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians
  • National Phlebotomy Association

At the National Phlebotomy Association, you can choose from many courses for more career paths.

No matter where you get the diploma from, you need to take an exam.

The exam is usually split into two sections:

  • Practical
  • Written or oral

After 1 to 10 years, you will need to get your certification renewed.

The period is chosen based on the entity that issued your diploma.

Before you can renew your certification, you will have to attend some extra schooling hours.

Phlebotomist Salary Information in California

The demand for phlebotomists is high in California.

In California, a phlebotomist earns on average $39,422 per year.

How much you will earn also depends on other factors, such as:

  • Experience
  • Demand and supply
  • Location

The table below shows the average salaries in the state’s largest cities.

Annual Salary Range:

Average Salary of Phlebotomists in California

City NameSalary
Los Angeles$39,915
San Diego$38,086
San Jose$44,292
San Francisco$44,116
Long Beach$39,351
* Salary information last updated 2024

Regional Salary

RegionEmployedAvg. Annual SalaryAvg. Hourly PayTop 10% Annual SalaryBottom 10% Annual Salary
Bakersfield, CA190$45,160$21.71$60,500$36,520
Chico, CA40$46,420$22.32$60,030$37,820
El Centro, CA100$43,500$20.92$56,240$33,210
Fresno, CA360$46,300$22.26$57,910$36,240
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA5,220$48,460$23.3$62,690$36,960
Madera, CA40$43,880$21.1$56,840$38,100
Merced, CA80$50,750$24.4$64,250$38,150
Modesto, CA130$51,690$24.85$65,350$36,750
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA220$49,610$23.85$62,200$38,030
Redding, CA90$54,530$26.22$65,990$38,480
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA1,510$49,120$23.62$62,150$37,310
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA650$51,250$24.64$64,270$37,960
Salinas, CA100$53,440$25.69$63,040$44,140
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA1,360$51,060$24.55$67,510$35,940
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA1,420$57,070$27.44$78,760$40,840
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA610$59,090$28.41$77,720$43,180
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA100$48,530$23.33$61,770$37,550
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA220$54,650$26.27$70,050$35,340
Santa Rosa, CA80$51,620$24.82$65,980$40,200
Stockton-Lodi, CA150$55,100$26.49$68,760$39,810
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA100$52,270$25.13$73,590$38,670
Visalia-Porterville, CA120$45,980$22.1$60,990$37,520
* Salary information based on the May 2022 Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey for Phlebotomists, OCC 31-9097, BLS.
* Employment conditions in your area may vary.

Additional Information for Phlebotomists in California

Not only do phlebotomists have to learn how to draw blood, but also other health care professionals like nurses.

These are some of the reasons for becoming a phlebotomist:

  • Few employees in the facility
  • A better salary
  • Increased job opportunities

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