I-BEST Phlebotomy Certificate

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The Phlebotomist Certificate is one of the I-BEST options that provides both basic education and workforce skills.  Students who successfully complete this certificate are prepared to work as phlebotomists in clinical workplaces.
Learning Outcomes
  • • Explain the function and structure of the capillaries, veins and arteries, and identify the names and locations of the veins suitable for venous and capillary blood collections.
  • • Demonstrate safe and effective use of equipment and supplies used for blood collection and specimen transport
  • • Demonstrate a knowledge of government and industry standards related to the collection of blood.
  • • Demonstrate effective communication skills with patients related to the collection of blood.
  • • Successfully complete blood collection training, which is required, prior to becoming licensed as a Medical Assistant – Phlebotomist, in the State of Washington.
Many classes have prerequisites.  Prerequisites are those classes that prove eligibility for entry-level classes by testing or by having satisfied prior course work.  Course work earned at other institutions must be unofficially evaluated or approved by a program advisor before registering. Phlebotomy Technician Certificate Prerequisites:
  • Attend a Phlebotomy Technician information session
  • Non-native English speakers – CASAS test scores in Reading and Listening.  The CASAS test must be taken by all non-native English speakers with a minimum score of 230 in reading and listening required. English placement tests must be taken within the last 6 months.
  • Native English speakers – College transcripts showing completion of ENGL 097/098 or equivalent or higher, with a minimum grade of 2.0. 
  • Native English speakers who have not completed ENGL 097/098 or equivalent or higher – CASAS test scores in Reading and Math with a minimum score of 230 in reading required.  English placement tests must be taken within the last 6 months.
  • High School diploma or GED
  • Completion of an on-site writing sample related to the Phlebotomist Certificate program.  This will be completed at the information session.
  • Ability to read, write and speak English proficiently.
  • National Background check
  • Proof of up-to-date immunizations
Note: Advanced placement testing, work experience, and transfer of credits may result in course waivers, credit transfer, and advanced placement. To complete the program a 2.0 grade is required in AHE 118 and AHE 119.
Course Number Course Title Credits
AHE118 Introduction to Phlebotomy I 5
AHE119 Introduction to Phlebotomy II 7
  Optional (2 credits)  
ABE049 or

Basic Education Support Course
ESL Support Course

Total Credits
Total Credits -- Minimum
This program of study is outlined by quarter and courses are taken in the sequence indicated below. The program is currently offered winter and spring quarters. 1st quarter: AHE 118 2nd quarter: AHE 119

What skills do I need to be successful in this field?

  • • Match laboratory requisition forms to specimen tubes
  • • Dispose of contaminated sharps, in accordance with applicable law, standards, and policies
  • • Draw blood from veins by vacuum tubes, syringe, or butterfly venipuncture methods
  • • Dispose of blood or other biohazard fluids or tissue, in accordance with applicable laws, standards, or policies,
  • • Draw blood from capillaries by skin puncture, such as heel or finger stick methods
  • • Clean and sterilize equipment.
  • • Create an atmosphere of trust and confidence with patients while explaining procedures, taking blood pressure, pulse and respirations readings, and drawing blood specimens in a skillful, safe and accurate manner.

What are some potential job titles?

  • • Phlebotomist
  • • Lab Assistant
  • • Patient Services Technician

Wages, employment trends and pathways

  • • Median annual wage is $35,400 in Washington’s King County ($17.00/hour)
  • • Employment growth is projected at 2 percent in Washington from 2012 to 2022
  • • Pathways include Medical Assistant, Clinical Lab Assistant

Program Contact  

Health and Human Services Division, 
(206) 934-6137

Program Website

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who have completed these program, and other important information, please visit our website at

Effective beginning: Fall 2009 
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