Phlebotomy is the practice of drawing blood for analysis, donation or medical testing. A career as a Phlebotomy technician is a rewarding path for someone who desires to work directly with patients. In just two quarters, Clark's Phlebotomy Program prepares students for an entry-level position in a rapidly growing field. With hands-on training from highly experienced faculty, students gain competence in drawing blood using a variety of collection methods with adults, children, and infants. Coursework includes the handling and transportation of blood and non-blood specimens, safety and infection control, specimen processing, and performing CLIA-waived laboratory testing. 

Clark's Phlebotomy curriculum places emphasis on quality and follows the most up-to-date Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) guidelines for phlebotomy. The second quarter of the program includes a clinical practicum in a health care facility providing 'real world' training and direct experience as a medical laboratory team member.

Graduates of the Clark College Phlebotomy program will be eligible for:

  • Clark College Certificate of Achievement
  • Washington State Phlebotomy Licensure
  • National Phlebotomy Certification Exam

About the Program

The Certificate of Achievement in Phlebotomy is open enrollment which enables all students who wish to pursue this program to complete the “Phlebotomy Program Requirements” (courses in the areas of English, Sciences, Medical Terminology, etc.). The “Phlebotomy Program Requirements” provide the foundation for the subsequent “Phlebotomy Core” classes (classes with “PHLE” prefix). Due to clinical space limitations, although the program of study for the Phlebotomy is open enrollment, there is an application process for students to be able to begin the “Phlebotomy Core” classes. The instructions in the Phlebotomy Program Guide explain the Phlebotomy requirements and the application process to be able to begin the Phlebotomy Core classes.

The Phlebotomy Program Guide is posted on the Phlebotomy website at:

Disability Statement for Health Occupations

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, accommodations for students with disabilities will be considered at the student's request. The student may need to provide documentation of disability to the Disability Support Services Office to support his/her accommodation requests. Documentation guidelines and procedures can be found at Once the student is qualified by DSS as having a disability, requested accommodations will be considered. Accommodations for the classroom, laboratory, or clinical setting will be evaluated according to reasonableness. Accommodations that compromise patient care, or that fundamentally alter the essential functions of the program or activity, are not considered to be reasonable.