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Phlebotomy Certificate

A certificate in Phlebotomy will provide the student a background in basic anatomy/physiology, medical terminology, medical office procedures, and phlebotomy skills. This program also includes an externship experience at a clinical facility where students must perform successful venipuncture and blood draws on at least 100 patients. Once completed, students are eligible to apply for State licensure as a Health Care Assistant, Level A.

Employment Information

$30,950 starting annual wage

$35,651 average annual wage

$40,414 potential annual wage

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Jobs & Employment

The average annual wage in this field is $35,651, with an earning potential of about $40,414 per year.*

Employers in Whatcom County expect this growth to be higher than that which is reflected in the WorkForce Explorer. Whatcom County is seen as a Regional healthcare center, and combined with the aging population, increased retirements, increasing lab work developed and available, and the expanded use of lab tests in pre-employment screening, labs have had to develop several locations to meet this need with expanded hours.

Potential Positions

Once completed, students are allowed to apply for State licensure as a Health Care Assistant, Level A. Phlebotomy falls, is listed as “In Demand” with growth projections in Washington State through 2017 of 17.9%, according to the WorkForce Explorer.

Through additional courses and increased on-the-job skills training, the graduate is provided with a career pathway up to a Category F Health Care Assistant and Category G (hemodialysis technician). Most of the course content can also be applied to other jobs, such as a Medical Biller and/or Medical Coder, and into positions of Medical Office Supervisor.


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Courses are from the 2020-21 Catalog


  • Quarter 1
  • PHLEB 100Introduction to Phlebotomy12 credits

    This course introduces the principles of phlebotomy and covers basic anatomy and physiology, asepsis, disease processes, equipment and supplies, collection procedures and quality assurance, as well as medical and legal issues associated with phlebotomy practice. The course includes practice and performance of venipuncture and finger-stick methods. Students must have a high school education or equivalent, ability to apply college level reading and writing, and converse in the English language. This course will include instruction in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and disease processes that impact the practice of phlebotomy. Manual dexterity to perform skills is essential to the successful completion of the course. A supply kit and book must be purchased in the bookstore prior to the course.

    ACCUPLACER Classic Reading (71) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Reading (247) or higher and ACCUPLACER Writing (71) OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Writing (245) and ACCUPLACER Classic Arithmetic (38) or higher OR ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic (230) or higher.

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  • Quarter 2
  • PHLEB 101Phlebotomy Externship8 credits

    Per the requirements of WAC 246-826-130, the Phlebotomy student will demonstrate competency and be evaluated in a laboratory setting to perform venipuncture procedures successfully, utilizing appropriate equipment with correct technique in a medical lab setting, all within approved medical safety standards. This course may include various modalities of instruction in medical office procedures and basic keyboarding for phlebotomy practice

    PHLEB 100 with a C or higher

Entry Information

Check out the information below to learn how you can get started!

When Can I Start?

  • This program typically admits students for the winter quarter.

What Are The Minimum Entry Requirements?

Entry Requirements

ACCUPLACER Classic (valid for 5 years from testing date):

  • Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a grade of C or higher
  • Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a grade of C or higher

ACCUPLACER Next-Generation (starting January 23, 2019):

  • Reading score of 247 or RDG 085 with a grade of C or higher
  • Writing score of 245 or ENGL 092 with a grade of C or higher

Program Application/Forms

Prior to registration for PHLEB 101-Phlebotomy Externship, admitted students must complete and submit evidence of the following requirements:

  • Criminal background check
  • 11-panel drug screen
  • CPR and HIV/AIDS Training
  • Proof of immunizations

NOTE: Students will be charged a fee of approximately $119 for the background check, drug screen, and tracking of required health documents. You will be notified with instructions/information regarding these requirements by the department after registration.

Students may be required to travel to Skagit County for clinical placement.

What Are My Next Steps?

  1. Apply to BTC
  2. Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test
  3. Prepare to Attend

Program Outcomes

  • Perform venous and capillary invasive procedures for blood withdrawal Demonstrate the knowledge and skills for entry level competency as a Category “A” Health Care Assistant, per guidelines outline in WAC 246-826-130.
  • Properly administer appropriate approved drugs per topical, rectal, otic, ophthalmic, and inhaled routes.
  • Interpret the Washington State Health Care Assistant Law and, how it applies to the phlebotomist with 80% accuracy.
  • Describe the phlebotomist’s role in a medical lab setting with 80% accuracy.
  • State eight rules for safety within the laboratory with 100% accuracy.
  • Explain the disease cycle of infectious pathogens with 80% accuracy.
  • Select appropriate PPE (Personal Protection Equipment), demonstrate proper hand washing technique and safe removal of contaminated gloves with 100% accuracy.
  • Explain the purpose and mission of OSHA/WSAH and Universal Precautions, define “CLIA 88" as it applies to phlebotomists, and explain Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) with 80% accuracy.
  • Define quality control and state the principle of quality assurance with 80% accuracy.
  • Define the difference between arteries, veins and capillaries; describe the different cells and components of blood and their functions, with at least 80% accuracy.
  • Define the difference between serum and plasma with 100% accuracy.
  • Identify the different supplies and equipment used in venipuncture and capillary collection with at least 80% accuracy.
  • Demonstrate proper, safe, and successful venipuncture with at least 80% accuracy.
  • List the most frequently encountered medical/physiological complications of venipuncture, and explain preventative measures and appropriate treatment for each with at least 80% accuracy.
  • Explain the most common causes, and remedies, of a “short” draw or no blood collected during venipuncture, list the four most common reasons for specimen rejection by the laboratory, and discuss preventative measures with at least 80% accuracy.

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Laura Doss

Area of Instruction

Student Services

Contact Info

College Services (CS) - Room 105


Office Hours

Usual office hours are:

    Monday - Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm



Laura Doss has been at BTC for 10 years in the roles of Academic & Career Advisor, Student Navigator, Instructor, Completion Coach and now College Nav...

    • Laura Doss has been at BTC for 10 years in the roles of Academic & Career Advisor, Student Navigator, Instructor, Completion Coach and now College Navigator for the Allied Health Programs. Laura earned her Bachelor of Science while serving in the US Army and stationed in Germany and her Master of Education while stationed at Fort Sill, OK. Her initial education and training was in the mental health field before moving into education. Outside of work, Laura likes to spend time with her four kids, walking the trails, cuddling with her tiny dog and reading a ton of books!

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Roberta Magai

Area of Instruction

Allied Health

Degrees and Certifications

Certificate, Medical Assistant Phlebotomist, Washington State Department of Health

Contact Info
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For the past 10 years since moving to the Pacific Northwest, Roberta has been a certified phlebotomist, working for PeaceHealth Laboratories at St Jos...

    • For the past 10 years since moving to the Pacific Northwest, Roberta has been a certified phlebotomist, working for PeaceHealth Laboratories at St Joseph Hospital, Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, and most recently Family Care Network Laboratory Services. She has 7 years of experience in preclinical pharmaceutical research and as a medical laboratory technician at University of Missouri Hospitals and Clinics. She is dedicated to supporting new healthcare workers and enthusiastically brings her professional knowledge to the classroom.