Phlebotomy is the practice of drawing blood for analysis, donation or medical testing. Phlebotomy technicians work directly with patients to collect blood samples, bio-fluids, and maintain proper handling of these materials.
Students in Clark's Phlebotomy program learn to perform a variety of blood collection methods with hands-on training from experienced faculty.
Degrees and Certificates
Vaccination against COVID-19 is required of all Phlebotomy students.
We are not able to provide clinical placement options for unvaccinated students; thus no vaccination exemptions are allowed.
Apply Now for Program Entry!
Entry into the Phlebotomy Certificate of Achievement program requires an application and completion of preliminary coursework. Students interested in the program should apply as soon as possible as this will
reserve their spot in program selection.
The phlebotomy program begins every winter and spring quarter. Only 24 students are accepted into each quarter.
Program starting in the Winter (January):
- Required preliminary courses and application with fee completed by fall.
- Students are notified of acceptance by November and invited to a mandatory orientation.
Program starting in the Spring (April):
- Required preliminary courses and application with fee completed by winter.
- Students are notified of acceptance by February and invited to a mandatory orientation.
Fast Track to a Rewarding Career
In less than a year, you can be a healthcare professional working directly with patients in a rapidly growing field. In the Clark College Phlebotomy Program, you will receive hands-on training from highly experienced instructors and gain skills in a variety of blood collection methods. Coursework also includes:
- Handling and transportation of blood and non-blood specimens
- Emphasis on proper identification of patients and labeling of clinical specimens
- Specimen processing
- Performing CLIA-waived laboratory testing
- Safety and infection control practices
Our phlebotomy courses are taught in a laboratory classroom that is equipped with a variety of the most up-to-date medical equipment for a simulated clinical environment. The Clark College Phlebotomy Program consists of two quarters that includes a 150-hour clinical externship in a healthcare facility, giving you real-world training and a competitive edge when applying for employment.
Phlebotomy is a secure and portable career. The U.S. Department of Labor and Statistics show Phlebotomist jobs growing at a rate of 22%, with a median wage in the Portland-Vancouver metro area
estimated at $19.75 per hour. Phlebotomists are often employed in hospitals and clinical
laboratories, but additional opportunities are available in blood donation centers,
diagnostic and research labs, and mobile phlebotomy.
Gain Professional Certification
After completing the Clark College Phlebotomy Program, you are eligible and prepared to apply for a Washington state phlebotomist license, as well as national phlebotomy certification. Washington is one of four states that require phlebotomists to have a license issued by the State Department of Health to practice.