Phlebotomy Technician

North Offers Choice of Phlebotomy Programs

As a native or non-native English speaker without previous education beyond a high school diploma or GED, you can train for an entry-level healthcare career through North’s new I-BEST Phlebotomist Certificate Courseoffered once each year starting in the winter and running winter and spring quarters. You must attend an information session. Check the I-BEST Phlebotomy Information Session calendar for dates.

As a healthcare professional or someone ready for focused study in phlebotomy as an entry-level skill, the established 2-credit  Phlebotomy Short Course in Basic Blood Collection Techniques provides intensive training, scheduled over 5 Saturdays.

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I-BEST Phlebotomist Certificate Program

In the I-BEST Phlebotomist Certificate program you get career training without any healthcare background or previous education beyond a high school diploma or GED. In just 2 quarters you can be ready for an entry-level position as a phlebotomist in a clinical workplace.

I-BEST Format — Theory & Support

The program uses Washington state’s I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training) model. I-BEST classes have 2 experienced instructors in the classroom at the same time — a laboratory/theory instructor to teach subject matter and a support instructor to provide specific help to English language learners and the pre-college-ready student. There are an additional 2 class hours of skill practice each week.

The I-BEST format guarantees you’ll get the help you need to develop workplace and language skills at the same time. The program also offers tutoring, résumé skill-building and help with job searches and interviews. 

In-depth Study Over 2 Quarters

The program runs fall and winter quarters (12 credits total). Daytime classes enroll up to 20 students/year.

First quarter topics include basic phlebotomy procedures and vocabulary, pronunciation and workplace communication skills. Second quarter topics include safe specimen handling; refined blood collection skills; and techniques for blood collection for the elderly, children, newborns, and those with special conditions.

The curriculum includes a 120-hour clinical externship at a clinic or hospital laboratory. The externship helps you get the feel for what work will be like and can open doors to possible employment and provide clinical lab experience.

Financial Aid Available

Support is available through Workforce Education

Program Funded by DOL Grant

This project was funded in part by a grant awarded under the President's Community-Based Job Training Grants, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration.

The Seattle College District is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. 

Phlebotomy Short Course (Basic Blood Collection Techniques)

If you are a healthcare student who wants to learn basic blood collection skills or an incumbent healthcare worker responsible for blood or specimen collections (EMT, healthcare lab professional, medical assistant, etc.), North’s Phlebotomy Short Course — AHE242 (Basic Blood Collection Techniques) — is designed for you. 

Compressed Course Format

Taught by professional laboratory personnel, the program is 2 credits/ 28 hours (including both lecture and lab practice hours) and scheduled on Saturdays for 5 weeks every quarter, year-round. You can develop skills quickly while still working. The program requires independent learning and does not include an externship.

Topics include job aspects and duties, blood collection supplies, laboratory safety, blood collection procedures, quality assurance, legal aspects, professional licensure, interpersonal relations and job interviewing.

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