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Phlebotomy Technician Certificate

Are you looking for a quick way to get started in the healthcare industry? At San Juan College, you will learn to collect blood safely for lab testing in just 16 weeks. Your work as a phlebotomy technician will help diagnose patients and assist with research. Get the training and firsthand experience to begin this career at SJC.

Why Earn a Phlebotomy Technician Certificate?

As a phlebotomy technician, you will learn the proper techniques for drawing blood. With the Phlebotomy Technician Certificate, you can work as a vital member of a healthcare team and find a job in hospitals, clinics, and physician offices. Your expertise will help children and adult patients feel comfortable. You'll also ensure that all blood specimens are handled and transported correctly. 

By completing phlebotomy training, you will be able to begin your career as a Phlebotomy Technician and apply to take your national certification exam. After successfully completing the program, you'll be able to begin your career as a phlebotomy technician. This position is an excellent entry point into the healthcare field. Your experience plus more education can lead to related careers, such as nursing.

Why Receive Phlebotomy Training at San Juan College?

16-Week Program

Our Phlebotomy Technician Certificate prepares you for an entry-level position in a lab or hospital setting in just 16 weeks. The program consists of two eight-week sessions in which you will learn and practice blood drawing techniques. We have four start dates every year, so you can have flexibility for when you begin.

Real-World Experience

As part of the program, you will complete 100 hours of clinical experience. With these hours, you'll develop the skills you need to pass the national certification examination and be an effective phlebotomy technician.

Affordable Option

Because of SJC's low tuition rates, the Phlebotomy Technician certificate program is a great investment for you. Get the quality phlebotomy training you need to begin your career in the healthcare field. You may also qualify for free tuition through the NM Opportunity and Lottery Scholarships.

Estimated costs for the Phlebotomy Technician certificate program during the 2022-2023 academic year.

Tuition (NM residents)


Tuition (Non-NM residents)


Student Activity Fee


Drug test




Lab fees




Background check

$ 73.30

Certification Examination Fee** (ASCP or AMT)


* Estimate of Services. Consult your medical provider for the actual cost.
** Not required

What You'll Learn in the Phlebotomy Technician Certificate Program

Develop the skills you need to work as a phlebotomy technician with our certificate program. You'll take two eight-week courses that will teach you the theory and practice of drawing blood. In your classroom course, you'll study:

  • Body system anatomy and function
  • Blood draw site selection
  • Equipment and supplies
  • Anticoagulants
  • Specimen processing
  • Safety and precautions
  • Ethics and professionalism

You will learn how to perform:

  • Venipunctures: puncturing a vein to draw blood to collect samples or for other medical procedures
  • Capillary sticks: a form of blood draw used in infants or adults in which venipuncture is difficult

You'll also accumulate 100 hours of supervised applied experience in your clinical practicum course to build up your skills. By completing all certificate requirements, you will qualify to take the ASCP or AMT national certification examination.

Phlebotomy Technician Certificate Curriculum

Careers and Outcomes

Phlebotomy technicians can work in many healthcare settings where blood is drawn. They include:

  • Blood donation centers
  • Dialysis centers
  • Doctor's offices
  • Hospitals

Graduates of our program have gone on to work at:

  • Mercy Medical Center
  • San Juan Regional Medical Center
  • Shiprock IHS

You can also complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences by completing prerequisite courses at SJC and then transferring.

Next Steps

Take the next step toward becoming a phlebotomy technician by applying to San Juan College. It's easy, and you can apply online at any time!

Apply Now

Set up an appointment with the program coordinator at (505) 566-3014 or the health science advisor at (505) 566-3013 for step-by-step guidance on the admission requirements for the Phlebotomy Technician Certificate. 

Email the Program Coordinator

Phone: (505) 566-3320

West Classroom Complex,
Room 1911

M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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