Medical Assisting

Phlebotomy

The Cabrillo College Phlebotomy Program is accredited by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to train students to become a Certified Phlebotomy Technician I (CPT1). The Phlebotomy Program is offered twice a year - in fall and in spring semester.

What is needed to become a California State certified Phlebotomist:

Students who wish to become California State certified phlebotomists must complete MA130A, MA130AL, MA130B and a 120-hour externship. Students must also pass a national phlebotomy certification examination to become certified. Upon completion of the above, and approval by CDPH, a CPT1 is authorized to do skin puncture and venipuncture blood collection in outpatient and inpatient settings.

MA 130A Phlebotomy - California Certified basic phlebotomy course teaching proper collection of blood specimens, choice of proper equipment, venipuncture techniques, patient care, safety, tests, and quality assurance. This course is designed for all beginning students and for phlebotomists with less than 1,040 hours of experience. May be offered in a Distance Learning Format. Prerequisite: MA 70. Corequisites: MA 130AL or current California phlebotomy certification. Meets 8 weeks.

MA 130AL Phlebotomy Lab - Provides the skills portion of the MA 130 series for beginning phlebotomy students working towards state certification. Students will perform approximately 35 venipunctures and 2 skin punctures, learning clinical and hospital procedures. Corequisite: MA 130A or current California phlebotomy certification. Meets 15 weeks.

MA 130B Phlebotomy - Advanced Teaches phlebotomy equipment, techniques, patient care, safety, tests, advanced infection control and bio-hazards, quality assurance and communications. Advanced lecture required for state certification. Course designed for all students including phlebotomists with more than 1,040 hours of phlebotomy experience. May be offered in a Distance-Learning Format. Prerequisite: MA 130A or current California phlebotomy certification; MA 130AL.

Program Requirements

Students are required to take and pass with a “C” or above Medical Terminology Course (MA70) at Cabrillo College or a 3-unit medical terminology course from another community college or university prior to being eligible to take the phlebotomy series MA130A, MA130B, and MA130AL.

Registered students and students on the waitlist for the phlebotomy courses must submit the verification of Hepatitis B vaccinations 1 and 2 AND WebAdvisor verification of completion of MA 70 (or transcripts from another college/university).

Due to the COVID-19 safety requirements there are 2 ways to submit the above mentioned documentation currently:

  1. 1. You can scan and e-mail the required papers to the Phlebotomy Program Coordinator Natalya Miller at namiller@cabrillo.edu
  2. 2. You can drop off the papers in the drop off box next to the entrance door (on the right) to the building HW 2000 on Cabrillo campus.

The required papers are to be submitted  by the deadline date listed on WebAdvisor and in the Schedule of Classes (approximately 2 weeks prior to the classes start date).

Please note that the required documentation (verification of MA 70 course and immunization records) will not be accepted from the registered and wait listed students after the deadline.

There will be absolutely no acceptance of the above mentioned required documentation on the 1st day of classes.

Your TO DO List:

Before registering for the classes:

  • Take MA 70 course.  Following is the link to the Cabrillo Admissions & Records Enrollment page. It outlines the 7 enrollments steps, including how to register for classes and pay fees for both returning and new students
  • Make sure you have the required Hep B series of shots (Hep B 1 and 2)

While registering for the classes:

  • Make sure to check the deadline for submitting the required documentataion (verification of MA 70 course and immunization records)
  • Submit the above mentioned documentation by the stated dealine to the Allied Health Office, Room HW2135

Waitlisted Students

All waitlisted students must submit verification of Hepatitis B vaccinations 1 and 2 AND WebAdvisor verification of completion of MA 70 (or transcripts from another college/university) to the Allied Health Office, Room HW2135 by the deadline date listed on WebAdvisor and in the Schedule of Classes (approximately 2 weeks prior to the classes start date). Please note that the required documentation (verification of MA 70 course and immunization records) will not be accepted after the deadline.

There will be absolutely no acceptance of the above mentioned required documentation on the 1st day of classes.

Have Questions?

Please contact Natalya Miller for any Phebotomy questions at namiller@cabvrillo.edu

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