Phlebotomy Training Program
At the University of California Irvine, Medical Center, a dynamic interaction between medical technology, research, education and dedication to patient care results in a health care system that is unmatched in the services it provides to communities throughout Orange County and the Southern California area.
As the principal clinical facility for the UCI School of Medicine, the Medical Center is a full-service, fully accredited, general-acute care hospital and is the only university teaching hospital in Orange County, CA.
The nationally recognized expertise of its staff has made UCI Medical Center a diagnostic and referral center for treatment of a wide range of medical programs. UCI Medical Center is the only university hospital serving Orange County and its surrounding areas.
From high-risk pregnancy management and neonatal intensive care to trauma medicine and cancer therapy, the clinical laboratory is an integral part of the hospital's many unique and comprehensive programs. The fully automated facility includes the latest innovations in toxicology, special chemistry, virology, flow cytometry, pheresis, molecular microbiology and immunology.
More than 1,900,000 patient specimens are tested annually in the Medical Center’s clinical laboratory. The lab is accredited and inspected by the State of California, College of American Pathologists, American Association of Blood Banks, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. The laboratory is a national referral center for general and specialized procedures and services a wide range of clientele. It also provides students with an excellent training environment and learning opportunities that are unequaled in the area.
The Phlebotomy Training Program is operated by the UC Irvine Medical Center Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine. The program faculty includes pathologists, Clinical Laboratory Scientists and experienced, certified phlebotomists. The program is approved by the California Department of Public Health, Laboratory Field Services.
At present, the school accepts up to 24 students each year with classes starting in March and September. The curriculum includes 40 hours of didactic training and 100 hours of practical training.
A certificate of completion is awarded by Department of Pathology - UC Irvine when students have successfully completed the training program and the students are eligible to take the PBT (Phlebotomy Technician) certifying examination offered by ASCP (American Society for Clinical Pathology). Students who have successfully passed the ASCP certification exam can apply for the California State Certified Phlebotomy Technician 1 certification and PBT (ASCP) certification.
Application materials consist of the following: 1) completed application form, (double click “completed application form” for link to application form) 2) statement of interest in phlebotomy, 3) copy of an official high school and/or college transcript(s), and 4) two letters of recommendation.
To be considered for admission to the program, candidates must have submitted complete applications by the specified deadline and have met the stated eligibility requirements. Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview with the Program Coordinator or designee. In addition to evaluating academic performance, interview, and letter(s) of recommendation, the interviewer(s) will also consider related healthcare work experience, extracurricular activities, interest in phlebotomy, and communication skills. The University of California prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or status as a covered veteran.
To be considered for admission to the program, candidates must have submitted complete applications by the specified deadline and have met the stated admissions criteria.
Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview with members of the program's Admissions Committee. In addition to evaluating academic performance, interview, interest in phlebotomy, and letters of recommendation, the Admissions Committee also considers clinical laboratory work experience, honors, extracurricular activities and communication skills.
The University of California, in accordance with applicable Federal and State law and University policy, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, disability, age, medical condition (cancer-related), ancestry, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran or special disabled veteran. The University also prohibits sexual harassment. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission, access, and treatment in University programs and activities.
1. 40 hours basic and advanced didactic training which includes:
2. 100 hours of practical training in a clinical setting which includes:
There are 2 class sessions (spring and fall) per year. All students for each session will have the 7 day didactic (classroom) portion of the training in Orange. After completion of the didactic instruction, students will do their clinical rotation at either our Orange outpatient laboratory or our Gottschalk outpatient laboratory on the campus of UC Irvine.
The spring session generally starts on first Monday in March and the fall session generally starts on last Monday in August. Didactic training generally starts from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (M - F for 2 weeks) and clinical training generally starts from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm (M - F for 3 weeks). Each student will be assigned to a 4:00 am start time on 2 days of the clinical rotation. There are three clinical rotations per session. Each student will be assigned to one of the three rotations. The rotation may start the week following didactic training or up to six weeks after didactic training.
To graduate from the Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT1) Training Program at UC Irvine Medical Center, the student must complete the training which consists of:
Available for those UCI employees and Clinical Researchers who have completed didactic instruction elsewhere and need only the clinical portion of the class, the following applies:
Students must successfully fulfill the minimum requirements of the lectures and practical training. Performance will be evaluated throughout the training based on: didactic lecture exams, lab exams, lab skills, work habits, professional attitudes and ability to work with others.
Students will also have the opportunity evaluate the overall program, lecture presentations and practical training.
A trainee desiring to withdraw from the program must present his/her intention and reason for withdrawal in writing to the Medical Director of the Program. Upon review of the request, an exit interview will be scheduled with at least one program official. Documentation of the interview and written request will remain in the trainee’s file. The trainee will turn in all Medical Center property upon termination.
Refunds are based on the date a written withdrawal request is received by a phlebotomy program official. An administrative fee will be assessed for any withdrawal or dismissal.
Sherif A. Rezk, MD
Janet Shigei, MS, MT(ASCP)
Rita Lu-Szeto, MSMT, CLS
Phlebotomy Training Program
UC Irvine Medical Center
101 The City Drive, Rt. 38
, CA. 92868 Orange
Tel: 714-456-8257 (Mon-Fri 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.)