Phlebotomy Training Courses at BAMA Institute

BAMA Phlebotomy students practicing

The job outlook for phlebotomy technicians is excellent—and it’s only getting better. These skilled individuals play an integral role in the health care system; they are the human face of the laboratory. Whether you choose to specialize in phlebotomy or are considering it as a supplemental skill in medical assisting, BAMA Institute has the right phlebotomy training course for you!

Demand for phlebotomists is growing. In the Bay Area, there are 391 annual openings and 19% 5-year growth . 

The median pay for phlebotomists in the Bay Area is $24.22.
Phlebotomists with over 1 year experience can make over $30 per hour working at a clinical lab.

Phlebotomy can be a stand-alone career or help to supplement medical assistant or EMT training. 

What You Need to Know About Phlebotomist Training 

Phlebotomists are responsible for drawing blood samples from patients as instructed by physicians or other health care professionals. They may only be responsible for collecting and handling laboratory samples at a clinical lab, or they may do it as part of their overall medical assistant, patient care technician or EMT duties.

At BAMA Institute, we provide the training you need to manage all the common tasks of a phlebotomist, including:   

  • Blood collection
  • Sample documentation and identification 
  • Patient comfort and care
  • Safe sample handling and transport
  • Hygiene and infection control protocols

Hospitals and clinics need to be assured that our graduates can step into their job ready to provide top-quality patient healthcare from day one. That’s why our phlebotomy training is as thorough and hands-on as possible.

The Phlebotomy Training Course at BAMA Institute

The Phlebotomy Technician Course at BAMA Institute is designed to provide you with the certifications and training you need to work as a phlebotomist in doctors’ offices, laboratories, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and more.


Students in the BAMA Institute’s Phlebotomy Technician Course prepare for national certification and California state license (CPT1): 

  • National Certification, Phlebotomy Technician (NCPT)
  • California Certification, Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT-1 license)

Upon successful completion of the national certification exam, students will be assigned to a 40-160 hour long clinical externship to gain real-world experience. 

Program Length

The program is divided into 2 segments, a 60-hour class and 40-160 hours of clinical externship.

The 60-hour classroom portion is available in two formats: hybrid (which combines online and in-person training) or fully in-person. Schedules are as follows: 

  • 2-week day intensive class (hybrid or in-person)
  • 5-week weekend class (hybrid or in-person)
  • 3-week evening class

Classroom learning is broken down between lectures, hands-on labs, assignments, and skills assessments.

Clinical externships are available at over 50 different facilities, clinical labs or hospitals.


Our phlebotomy technician training is considered very affordable by our students, with total costs estimated at $3,522.00. 

While this is not a FASFA-eligible program, we do offer 0% interest payment plans. You may also be eligible for funding through The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)*, or the Department of Rehabilitation. Please discuss these options with the admissions staff at the time of enrollment. If you are unemployed and receiving UI benefits you will be eligible for WIOA funding.


Our California phlebotomy training course is available at both our campuses. 

New classes start monthly. View our Class Calendar!

Our Phlebotomy Technician Course is approved by the State of California Department of Health Services – Laboratory Field Services Division (LFS).  If you’d like to learn more about our training courses, one of our admissions advisors can guide you. 

Do You Qualify for Admission? 

To meet minimum admissions requirements, you must: 

  • Have a high school diploma, GED, or higher-level degree 
  • ESL students must pass an English test
  • Provide 2 sealed official transcripts

Many BAMA Institute students come to the school with foreign diplomas or college degrees. You can enroll at BAMA Institute if your foreign high school diploma is evaluated for equivalency in the US.

Please note: We close registration on Thursday at noon before the class start date for both weekend and weekday courses

What Our Employers Have to Say

“We have worked with BAMA and are delighted with the talented employees we have been able to hire from their [Phlebotomy & Medical Assisting] programs. We have also been sending all of our administrative employees through the phlebotomy program at BAMA. We have chosen BAMA because of their dedication to excellence, their thorough training program, and importantly their interest in making sure to keep service orientation as a high priority.”

– Sidney Luu, District Phlebotomy Manager, One Medical, One Medical (District Phlebotomy Manager)

What Our Students Have to Say

BAMA Institute has over 100 clinical externship contracts with labs, hospitals, and clinics throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. We place students at well-known area providers including:

We’ve been a trusted medical training provider in the Bay Area since 2005. Health care providers know when they get phlebotomists from our school, they’re getting the best.

Our Phlebotomy Technician Curriculum

The Phlebotomy Technician Course at BAMA Institute consists of two segments: a classroom segment and a clinical externship.

The classroom segment includes 60 hours of lectures and practical instruction delivered in a classroom setting or a hybrid format (online and hands-on, in-person labs). It is designed to provide both a theoretical foundation as well as hands-on training in venipuncture and skin puncture procedures.

During the Phlebotomy Technician Course you’ll learn:

  • Basic anatomy and physiology with emphasis on the circulatory system
  • Introduction to specimen collection
  • Risk factors and complications
  • Quality assurance in specimen collection
  • Professional behavior and responsibilities in patient care settings
  • Phlebotomy equipment and techniques
  • Performing venipunctures and skin punctures

BAMA is known for its top-quality phlebotomy education. Our programs give graduates the skills, confidence, and dedication they need to be an asset to any medical team. 

5 Steps to Getting the CPT1 Phlebotomy “license”

  1. Complete a training program approved by the CA DPH-LFS
  2. Pass a National Certification Exam
  3. Have all your vaccinations, resume and onboarding paperwork completed
  4. Complete clinical externship, min 40 hours and 50 sticks required; employers prefer 100+ successful draws 
  5. Apply for CPT1 California State certificate

Ready to Learn More? 

Are you ready to take the next step toward your future with our phlebotomy training course? Our students don’t just get access to industry-leading education. They get lifetime support so they can continuously grow in their careers. 

If you’d like to learn more about our phlebotomy training course, or our medical assistant training, contact us to receive more information.

For immediate questions, call 415-217-0077.