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About the Program

Do you have a desire to help people? If you enjoy close attention to detail and the ability to multitask in hospitals, clinics, blood banks and laboratories then our Phlebotomy program will prepare you for the skills needed for successful employment as a phlebotomist. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, phlebotomy is an in-demand field with an projected 27% job growth between 2012-2022.

Seattle Vocational Institute’s (SVI) Phlebotomy program is dedicated to presenting students with a wide-ranging skill set in a practical, professional manner. Our students will learn the skills needed to become a capable practitioner in the field of phlebotomy. Further, our students will be trained in the use and application of electrocardiograms (ECGs), as the Washington State certification requires all phlebotomists to be proficient with this important piece of medical equipment.

A typical day on the job includes, making sure a patient is calm and comfortable and safely drawing their blood for various lab tests and procedures. Our program includes:

  • Daily phlebotomy functions
  • Patient rights
  • Patient consent
  • Specimen custody
  • Point of care testing
  • Medical terminology
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Venipuncture procedures and practices

Upon completion of this two-quarter evening program, students receive a certificate in Phlebotomy.

Admission Policy

In order to be admitted into the program, you must have a GED® or high school diploma. Enrollment is limited to 25 students per class. Attend an Admissions Workshop and complete the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) to learn if you qualify to get started.

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Phlebotomy Handbook (pdf)

By the end of the course of study in the Phlebotomy program students should be able to:

  1. Possess the necessary clinical skills to perform venous blood collection and micro-collection as a phlebotomist. Demonstrate knowledge of the circulatory system and relevant anatomy.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of medical abbreviations and laboratory terminology.
  3. Demonstrate standard biohazard safety precautions.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of phlebotomy and perform standard and proper techniques of venipuncture.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge, proper use, sanitation and disposal as required, of all laboratory equipment and supplies used in blood collection and micro-collection.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge and application of medical laboratory forms and requisitions relative to the collection and handling of blood specimens.
  7. Demonstrate proper and effective patient interaction relative to blood specimen collections, including patient safety, disclosure, confidentiality and general patient communications.
  8. Possess the necessary skills as a phlebotomist and in employment readiness to become employed in hospitals, medical laboratories, health organizations, health centers, medical group practices, home health agencies, blood banks, and insurance companies.