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 fall and winter 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 https://northseattle.edu/about-north/gainful-employment-information.

Effective beginning: Fall 2009 
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