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Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT-1)

Phlebotomy training for medical professionals

Certified Phlebotomy Technician Program (CPT-1)The Certified Phlebotomy Technician program at Newbridge College is designed to help working medical professionals and students with prior medical experience get the additional training they need to qualify for the Claifornia State Licensure Examination for Phlebotomy and become a Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT-1).
Enrollment in this program is limited.

Program Length

  • 6-8 weeks (classroom instruction and externship)

Campuses Offering this Program

Program Course Description

This intensive program is designed for students with prior medical experience, and provides the education and training required to prepare for the California State Licensure Examination for Phlebotomy (CPT-1).

The following topics are covered during this program:

  • Medical terminology, anatomy and physiology emphasizing OSHA, HIPAA and CLIA regulations
  • Universal precautions and safety including laboratory safety and biohazard safety
  • Proper selection and preparation of skin puncture sites, blood collection equipment and appropriate disposal of sharps and biohazard waste
  • Specimen collection and handling of capillary and venous blood samples
  • Hands-on training in phlebotomy skills and techniques on actual patients of varying ages and health conditions

Newbridge College is approved by the California Department of Health Services, Laboratory Field Services Division, to provide phlebotomy instruction.

Externship Program

Upon successfully completing the classroom instruction and academic requirements, students participate in an externship program in a clinical laboratory, hospital laboratory or related clinical setting, providing real-world hands-on work experience.

Program Admission Requirements

  • High school diploma (or GED equivalent) or a baccalaureate or higher academic degree in any field
  • Resume of work experience
  • Previous medical experience or training. This can be satisfied by one of the following:
    • A certificate or degree from an accredited institution in one of the following areas: Medical Assistant; Medical Laboratory Technician; Surgical Technician; Certified Nursing Assistant; or related program that includes training in blood draws, injections, medical procedures, and CPR;
    • (or) five (5) years of documented healthcare experience, including training by a physician, RN or healthcare professional;
    • (or) meet with the Program Director or Campus President to review other unique medical, experiential/medical-related experience or other circumstances, with a final determination provided by the Campus President in writing and placed in the students file

Occupation and Job Outlook

Job growth in the health care industry continues to expand to meet the needs of a growing and aging population in the United States. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, excellent job opportunities are expected and employment of clinical laboratory workers is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations, and new job openings are expected to increase by 14% through 2018.*

Work Environment: Clinical laboratory program personnel are trained to work with infectious specimens. When proper methods of infection control and sterilization are followed, few hazards exist. Protective masks, gloves, and goggles often are necessary to ensure the safety of laboratory personnel.

Working conditions vary with the size and type of employment setting. Laboratories usually are well lighted and clean; however, specimens, solutions, and reagents used in the laboratory sometimes produce fumes. Laboratory workers may spend a great deal of time on their feet.

Hours of clinical laboratory technologists and technicians vary with the size and type of employment setting. In large hospitals or in independent laboratories that operate continuously, personnel usually work the day, evening, or night shift and may work weekends and holidays. Laboratory personnel in small facilities may work on rotating shifts, rather than on a regular shift. In some facilities, laboratory personnel are on call several nights a week or on weekends, in case of an emergency.


Newbridge College Santa Ana and Newbridge College Long Beach are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a private, non-profit, independent accrediting agency dedicated to ensuring a quality education for more than 250,000 students who annually pursue career education at 800 accredited institutions.

Newbridge College San Diego East is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET), recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as "a reliable authority as to the quality of education or training provided by institutions of higher education and the programs they accredit."

Newbridge College is approved by the Department of Health Services, Laboratory Field Services Division, to provide phlebotomy instruction.

About Newbridge College

Newbridge College is a career college and vocational school based in Southern California providing traditional on-ground and online distance education. At Newbridge College, we are dedicated to helping students succeed by providing training for health care and business careers with a strong outlook for future growth and employment.

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*Growth figures represent a ten-year period ending 2018. Source: "National Industry-Occupation Employment Matrix," a publication of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. For more information, please visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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