Last updated: June 25, 2019

California Phlebotomy Schools

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Quick Facts:

  • Number of programs: 164
  • Average graduation rate: 60%
  • Average hourly wage: $22
  • Projected job growth: 29% (faster than average)
  • New jobs created annually, avg.: 1860
Phlebotomy programs in California

Compared to other states, California has an enormous amount of training programs for future phlebotomists. On top of that, The Golden State offers the highest salaries across the nation.

California is also one of the few states that requires certification and state licensing to practice phlebotomy.

Description of Phlebotomy Classes in California

For those who haven’t worked as phlebotomists before, California has the following these are the general requirements to class content:

  • 20 hours of basic instruction
  • 20 hours of advanced instruction
  • 40 hours of clinical or lab practice
  • 20 successful skin punctures
  • 50 successful venipunctures

Requirements for California Phlebotomy Training

In order to get enrolled to an accredited program, you need to be a high school graduate, or pass a GED test.

California State Department of Public Health wants you to graduate from one of its state-approved phlebotomy training programs in order to work as phlebotomist. Full list of programs can be found on their website.

List of California Phlebotomy Programs

Regardless of your city, whether it’s LA, San Jose, San Francisco or San Diego, there are over a hundred schools that offer Phlebotomy, Medical Assistance programs (or both).

You can also use the form below to find more training opportunities and online programs:

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California Phlebotomy Certification and Licensure

License required: Yes

Certification required: Yes

To become a licensed phlebotomist  in California you will need to pass corresponding certification from one of seven agencies that the sate approves:

  • American Certification Agency (ACA)
  • American Medical Certification Association (AMCA)
  • American Medical Technologists (AMT)
  • American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP)
  • National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT/MMCI)
  • National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel (NCA)
  • National Healthcareer Association (NHA)

Detailed information on each of them can be found in our certification guide.

Once this is done, you can apply for state license through California Department of Public Health website (you will need to create an account first).

California Phlebotomist Salaries

As you can see from a table below, California offers salaries much higher that national average. However, it’s worth mentioning that according to the latest CNBC study, the state ranks as second most-expensive place to live nationwide.

Percentile USA, annual California, annual USA, hourly California, hourly
10th percentile $25,020 $31,900 $12.03 $15.33
25th percentile $28,830 $36,430 $13.86 $17.52
50th percentile (median) $34,480 $43,980 $16.58 $21.15
75th percentile $40,500 $52,420 $19.47 $25.20
90th percentile $49,060 $61,890 $23.59 $29.75

Detailed breakdown for salaries in California metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas can be found below:


California State Department of Public Health

Phone: (916) 558-1784
Address: PO Box 997377
MS 0500
Sacramento, CA 95899-7377

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