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Earn your Certificate of Completion and prepare for the National HealthCareer Association Phlebotomy Technician Certification (CPT) exam. *

At a Glance

  • Complete your certificate in as few as 3 months

  • Offered at two locations in Nevada and Washington

  • Earn your Certificate of Completion

  • Affordable tuition varies by location, learn more now

About the Program

What Will I Learn

Phlebotomists are vital to the contribution of high-quality patient care. As an essential part of a healthcare team, phlebotomists procure blood samples for laboratory analysis. Through direct patient interaction, phlebotomists must be knowledgeable in areas such as body system anatomy and function and proper selection of equipment. They are skilled professionals that understand their role is crucial to patient care and the assurance of quality laboratory reports.

Course Outcomes

Phlebotomists work mainly in hospitals, medical and diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers, and doctors’ offices. Phlebotomists who collect blood donations sometimes travel to different offices and sites in order to set up mobile donation centers. 

Upon successful completion of our Phlebotomy Technician classes, graduates will be able to: 

  • Competently collect, transport, and process blood specimens from various types of patients. (Practical but applied theory)  
  • Practice accepted standards for infection control, safety and disposal of biological waste as mandated by OSHA and other agencies (Practical but applied theory)  
  • Demonstrate professional conduct and interpersonal communication skills with other health care personnel and the public.


Carrington College’s Phlebotomy Technician classes are available at two locations in two states. To learn more about each location, explore their campus pages.

Reno, Nevada

Spokane, Washington

Student Life at Carrington College

We know college is a big step. But education can be the first step in building a better future. Your instructors, administrators and fellow students are there to help if you ever hit a bump in the road along the way. Carrington College offers a lot of great student support services designed to help you succeed.

Tutoring and Study Groups

For help with schoolwork, your instructors and Student Success Center staff are often available for tutoring or you can join in an open student study group.

Externships, Clinical Rotations and Fieldwork

Most programs and courses include an opportunity to learn in the real world before you even graduate! You’ll earn impressive experience that looks great on your resume.

*Reno Campus Only

Career Services

After graduation, we’ll help you with your career search with everything from resume writing help to job search support to interview tips.

Career Opportunities

Phlebotomists draw blood for research, donations, tests, and/or transfusions.

Phlebotomists work in hospitals, labs, donation centers, and doctors’ offices. The demand for phlebotomists is high and will continue to grow as healthcare professionals require blood work for diagnosis and analysis.

Cost & Financial Aid

Education is a major investment, but it’s an investment in your future. Every student comes to Carrington with unique financial needs. Carrington College is committed to helping you achieve your education goals. For complete information on current tuition costs, please see the Academic Catalog

The best way for us to understand your financial needs is to meet in person. Call (602) 492-1086 to set an appointment with our Student Finance Department so we can help you develop your personalized financial plan to achieve your educational goals.

Accreditation and Approvals

Carrington College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC/WASC), 331 J Street, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95814; 415- 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at

For comprehensive information on Carrington’s accreditation and approvals, visit

Read Our Career Guide On Phlebotomy

Thanks to phlebotomy technicians, physicians and other health care practitioners can accurately determine a patient’s underlying health concerns and conditions, potentially saving their life. With compassion and a good bedside manner, you can make what is often a traumatic experience less painful.

Phlebotomy Technician FAQ

What does a phlebotomy technician do?

Phlebotomists draw blood from patients or donors for tests, transfusions, research, or donations.1 A phlebotomist may need to speak with patients to make them feel comfortable during the blood draw, especially in settings where patients may see few other medical professionals, such as testing or donation sites. After drawing blood, a phlebotomist may need to label samples and enter patient information into databases. 

What do you need to become a phlebotomy technician?

According to the BLS, phlebotomists typically have some training from a phlebotomy post-secondary program. Some phlebotomists may enter the field with a high school diploma and receive training on the job. No matter their education level, phlebotomists also receive specific instructions on how to identify, label, and track blood samples.2

What is the difference between a certified phlebotomist and a phlebotomy technician?

Both phlebotomists and phlebotomy technicians are trained healthcare workers who are qualified to draw blood. Some states, like California, require medical workers who draw blood to be certified phlebotomists.3 Be sure to check your state for regulations. 

How long does it take to become a phlebotomy technician?

Time to complete a phlebotomy course varies by institution. Carrington College’s Phlebotomy Technician course can be completed in as few as three months. 

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*Carrington College prepares students to take appropriate certification and licensure exams related to their individual majors. The College does not guarantee students will successfully pass these exams or be certified or licensed as a result of completing the program or course. Credential preparation varies by location.