Projections of Employment

According to California Labor Market Information (LMI) the number of Phlebotomist is expected to grow much faster than average growth rate for all occupations.  Jobs for the Phlebotomist are expected to increase by 28.7 percent, or 3,700 jobs between 2016-2026.

In Sacramento Metro Area, the number of Phlebotomist is expected to grow much faster than average growth for all occupations.  Jobs for Phlebotomist are expected to increase by 17.8 percent, or 80 jobs between 2014 and 2024.



What Phlebotomist Do:

 Phlebotomists collect blood samples and units for laboratory tests, transfusions, donations, or research.

Human health depends to a large degree on the precision and professionalism of Phlebotomists. Physicians diagnose major medical conditions based upon blood samples, including many kinds of cancer, diabetes, thyroid disease, allergies, and pregnancy. In addition, donated blood and platelets collected at blood centers account for thousands of lives saved every year in California. It is the Phlebotomist who must safely collect blood samples, identify them accurately, and preserve them properly until needed for testing or transfusion.

There are three ways to collect blood:

Venipuncture is the most common means of collecting a blood specimen. It involves placing a needle in a vein, typically at the bend of the arm or back of the hand.
Skin punctures involve piercing skin tissue that will bleed to collect a small amount of blood for minimal testing. An example of a skin puncture would be a finger prick.
Arterial blood gas puncture (commonly referred to as an ABG) involves drawing blood from an artery, typically in the wrist. This kind of draw is rare, and as a rule done on patients who have a respiratory condition.
Phlebotomists who work in medical clinics and hospitals are called Certified Phlebotomy Technicians (CPTs) and generally collect blood samples based on a physician’s order. The blood specimen, once taken, is then sent for diagnostic testing in a laboratory.

Phlebotomists who work for blood centers or blood banks are sometimes called Donor Phlebotomy Technicians. They can work at one location, or may be a member of a traveling team holding blood drives at schools, businesses, and community organizations.

In addition to the technical part of the job, Phlebotomists must be aware of the patient’s well-being before, during, and immediately following the blood collection. Their work requires explaining each procedure to patients and donors, as well as communicating with other staff and laboratory personnel.

Become a Phlebotomist

The EGACE’s Phlebotomist program is 11 weeks program course is designed for the student who is interested in learning the necessary basic skills to become a phlebotomist as well as for the current phlebotomist who needs to upgrade skills to maintain employment in a hospital or clinical laboratory setting. Students will learn how to draw blood both in the classroom and in a clinical setting.


$3,000.00, includes all textbooks, a set of scrubs, and CPR/First Aid training.

An additional $270 students are responsible to pay (NHA exam, State Licensing, and Drug/Background check).

Students are responsible for understanding the EGACE refund policy, CTI Refund Policy.

EGACE's Phlebotomy Program Information

Phlebotomy  2021-22 School Year Schedule

Program hours: 84 Hours

12 weeks


Session 1: August 28, 2021-December 14, 2021 (Saturdays)

Session 2: October 12, 2021-December 9, 2021 (T/Th Evenings)

Session 3: January 22, 2022-April 23, 2022 (Saturdays)

Session 4: March 1, 2022-May 26, 2022 (T/Th Evenings)

Program Courses

1. Introduction to Phlebotomy 5. Special Phlebotomy Procedure
2. Blood Function & Composition 6. Specimen Processing
3. Equipment for Specimen Collection 7. Quality Assurance & Risk Management
4. Performing Venipuncture 8. Customer Service & The Phlebotomist

Program Outcomes

EGACE’s Phlebotomy program started in Spring of 2019.  Program outcomes will be available Fall of 2020.

Labor Market Infomation

Annual Wages for 2018 Low
(25th percentile)
(50th percentile)
(75th percentile)
California $36,680 $43,881 $51,647
Sacramento Metro Area $37,637 $45,197 $55,772

Where Could This Job Lead

With experience, Phlebotomists can move into supervisory roles. Advancement to related occupations such as medical assistant requires taking additional education and state licensure. The field is sometimes considered a good starting point for people to decide if they would like to continue in the medical field and pursue training as a medical assistant or nursing career.

Program Requirements

  • Must have a High school diploma or equivalent (Must have both official and unofficial transcript at time of enrollment).
  • Must pass a reading placement exam.
  • Must put down a non refunded deposit, for more information about refunds click here.
  • Be able to pass both a drug test and background check
  • Be able to provide proof of immunization
  • Must have 100% attendance in program
  • Must successfully pass the Phlebotomy program with a grade of  80% or higher.

Funding Questions

Financial assistance may be available to qualified individuals through the Sacramento Works Job Center as funds are available, for Job Centers near you, click here. Through the newtwork of Job Centers, Sacramento Works can provide job seekers a variety of services that fit their needs.

If you are a client of the Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance or the State Department of Rehabilitation you should inquire with your counselor about whether you qualify for financial assistance.

EGACE’s CTI program currently does not accept FASFA or Pell Grants.

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Are your ready to start? Next steps

Call (916) 686-7724 or email to discuss the program, and schedule assessment, and intake orientation.


EGACE-CTI Office Location:

9362 Elk Grove-Florin Road

Elk Grove, CA 95624