Clinical Lab Assistant/Phlebotomy Certificate of Completion

Saddleback College Clinical Lab Assistant / Phlebotomy Certificate of Completion


The Saddleback College Clinical Lab Assistant / Phlebotomy Certificate of Completion gives pre-professional and current professionals the opportunity to master skills necessary for employment as a Clinical Lab Assistant and/or Phlebotomist.


Program Highlights
  • Non-credit, tuition-free certificate program
  • 4 course sequence allowing students to complete their certificate quickly
  • Hybrid (online and in-person) class formats allows for ease of completion
  • Assisted coordination for clinical placement reduces the stress of students finding their own clinical sites
  • Program completers will be eligible to take the state certification exam approved by the California Department of Public Health/ Laboratory Field Services branch to obtain a Certified Phlebotomy Technician-1 license required for employment.
  • Exceptional full and part-time faculty with a passion for student success
  • Read the full program catalog description here


Certificate Outcomes and Classes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Perform blood specimen collection, transport, and processing as required for diagnostic testing.
  • Practice established safety procedures and communicate effectively and professionally with patients, laboratory personnel, and other members of the health care team.
  • Demonstrate preparation for applicable State of California approved Phlebotomy certification exam.
Certificate Requirements
Course ID Title Hours
MLT 410NC Introduction to the Clinical Laboratory Profession 16.6
MLT 411NC Basic Laboratory Procedures 16.6
MLT 412NC* Phlebotomy 66.4
MLT 413NC* Phlebotomy Laboratory Experience 58.1
* MLT 412NC & MLT 413NC must be taken at the same time. Total Hours Required: 157.70


Student Requirements
  • Apply to and be admitted into Saddleback College - Apply here
  • Have earned at least a High School Diploma (must be 18 years or older) or a GED may apply to this program
  • Students enrolled in the MLT 413NC course are required to obtain the following clearances before participation in the Phlebotomy Laboratory Experience:
    • health clearances (immunizations, drug screen, and TB testing),
    • a background check
    • a non-expired BLS card
    • malpractice insurance
    • Contact the MLT Program Assistant, Lori Hefter, for information regarding the completion of these requirements.