Program Duration

Program Duration                            Estimated 10 weeks with externship
Phlebotomy Program Hours              Total 200 Hrs

Classes meet Monday-Friday

Program Goals

The goal of Institute of Medical Education is to serve the community by producing high quality Phlebotomists. Upon completion, students will receive a certificate of completion and become eligible for certification in the state of California as a Certified Phlebotomist Technician Level 1 through DHS, Field Services.

Objectives of the Program

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:
- Perform both venipunctures and capillary draws using proper techniques
- Follow standards of lab safety and infection control
- Demonstrate knowledge of specimen collection, processing and handling
- Perform duties with professionalism and confidence

Admissions Requirements

- High School Diploma, GED, or Equivalent (Diplomas from foreign countries must be evaluated before enrolling)
- Be at least 18 years of age or older
- Healthcare CPR Certification
- Pass IME’s entrance exam
- Current Immunization record

Course Description

The phlebotomy program is designed for people who plan to work for a clinical laboratory, public health department, medical clinic or hospital. The program includes class instruction, laboratory training and practical (externship) training. In class, students will learn medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, infection and infection control, lab safety, first aid, specimen processing, quality control, laboratory tests, professionalism, law and ethics. The laboratory training includes familiarization of blood collection equipment, hands on phlebotomy training. Students practice under observation and guidance of the training instructor. After theory and laboratory training, each student is required do an externship. Each student is sent to a clinical laboratory for a minimum of 50 venipunctures and 10 capillary draws.

State Certification
The state of California requires all phlebotomist take a state exam. The phlebotomy program at IME prepares the students for this certificate exam. Upon completion of the program students will receive a certificate of completion and become eligible for certification in the State of California as a Certified Phlebotomist Technician level 1 through DHS, Field Services.

Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: For those who work in a clinical laboratory “Job opportunities are expected to be excel¬¨lent.” “Employment of clinical laboratory workers is expected to grow by 14 percent between 2008 and 2018, faster than the average for all occupations.” According to the annual median salary for a phlebotomist is $33,463 in Oakland and $35,317 in San Jose.

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Health care continues to change at an ever- increasing rate, there continues to be a need for highly skilled professionals who can work in the physician's office, clinic, and hospital environment. The profession of medical assistant can be a career in itself or could be the stepping stone to other careers such as nursing or medical office manager. The advantages of the course are that it is a fast track program which helps you get started in your field of choice in (just three months) a couple of months. Upon completion of this program, students will have the training and experience necessary for the various areas of clinical medical health care. Included are the front and back office skills characteristic of the clinical medical professional, providing students the flexibility to pursue a variety of vocational avenues based upon individual interests.

We Prepare The Students by:

Providing an up-to-date curriculum that    reflects the current needs of the real    world.
 Maintaining close relationships with local    employers, who know the quality of our    graduates and seek their skills for    employment.
 Scheduling classes to meet the needs of    working adults, with a variety of courses