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Phlebotomy Technician Certificate

Phlebotomy Technician Certificate

The Phlebotomist Technician (pronunciation: fli-'bä-tä-mE ) is the person responsible for drawing blood as instructed by a physician or other health care professional. Most patients have their blood drawn at medical examinations or during hospital stays. The phlebotomist performs venipuncture on patients, transports blood specimens, maintains and cleans venipuncture trays, and may perform simple urinalysis tests, not to include microscopic examinations

Upon completion of  AHE 141 and AHE 143, graduates  will be eligible for licensing as a MA-Phlebotomist through the Washington State Department of Health 

The knowledge, skills, and abilities in this program were designed based on the standards defined by NAACLS and American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP).   Graduates will also be eligible to apply for national certification through the ASCP.

Phlebotomists can work in a variety of healthcare settings,including hospitals, clinics, and research organizations. Mobile phlebotomists can work in patients’ homes.

Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of phlebotomists is projected to grow 27 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers, and other locations will need phlebotomists to perform blood work.

Pay varies by experiences, employer and locality. For current available jobs and pay information in Washington, visit www.washingtonhealthcarecareers.com.

Academic Planning 

The Phlebotomy Technician Certificate of Completion (COC) is a total of 9 credits that can be completed in two quarters.  Students need to be aware that there are prerequisite classes that must be completed before they can begin the Phlebotomy classes and this may add additional time to complete this COC. 

Students with previous healthcare experience or education may be able to waive some or all of the prerequisites. Please consult with an advisor for more information.


Course Title Credits
AHE 110 Human Body  5
AHE 115  Basic Life Support/CPR 1
AHE 116  Into to Health Care 4
BSTEC 104  Medical Terminology 3


Quarter 1

Course Title Credits
AHE 141  Phlebotomy Technician  5


Quarter 2

Course  Title Credits
AHE 143 Phlebotomy Technician: Clinical Externship  4


Clinical Experiences/Externship Requirements 

Participation in a clinical experience requires proof of vaccination for common infectious diseases including influenza and COVID-19. The Clinical Passport outlines the immunization requirements, please download a copy and keep it in a safe place. The CPNW-Clinical Passport Tutorial provides an overview of each section of the document and will take about 30 minutes to complete. If you have additional questions after completing the tutorial, please contact an Allied Health faculty advisor.

Background checks are also required to participate in clinical externships and need to be completed before registering for a clinical externship class. A list of Disqualifying Crimes and Negative Actions is provided by the DSHS Secretary. If you have any concerns please contact an Allied Faculty advisor.

All immunization and criminal background checks for allied health programs go through our online databank system CastleBranch. To place an order, enter package code EE78. The cost is $96.


For program information and questions please contact our Phlebotomy Technician program advisors:

Erika Ferreri | erika.ferreri@edmonds.edu | 425.640.1924 

Krystal Nash | krystal.nash@edmonds.edu | 425.640.1242

AAS-T and BAS degrees

Students who want to continue their studies in healthcare may apply the Phlebotomy Technician coursework towards additional Allied Health certificates, our Allied Health  associate degree and our Integrated Healthcare Management Bachelor of Applied Science degree: