Phlebotomy Technician

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Phlebotomy Technician program is designed to teach the knowledge in technical and procedural aspects of basic phlebotomy, including collection of blood specimens and venipuncture required to become a Phlebotomy technician. The Phlebotomy Technician program includes theory and hands-on instruction. 

Program Purpose


Prepares student to have the technical skills needed to enter the healthcare industry as an entry-level phlebotomist.

Learning Outcomes


  • List the duties of a phlebotomist.
  • Define legal issues related to phlebotomy.
  • Describe the universal precautions for blood/specimen collection.
  • Describe the venous anatomy and veins and skin surfaces on which phlebotomy can be performed.
  • Differentiate between serum and plasma.
  • Identify factors to be considered in venipuncture or skin puncture site selection.
  • List the equipment and supplies needed to collect blood by venipuncture and skin puncture.
  • Describe patient factors which influence the ability to perform venipuncture successfully.
  • Discuss complications associated with blood collection.
  • Describe the correct steps specimen collection and documentation procedures.
  • Demonstrate successful venipunctures.

Program Map


Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Program

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.  Rev. 09/2019

Open the program map above to view the recommended classes to complete the program. You can also print the program map using the button above.

Additional Information


Check the Medical Assistant program page for additional information about this certificate.

Contact medical.assistant@azwestern.edu with any questions.

Note: Before the end of the student's second semester in the program, students will be required to have a Arizona DPS Fingerprint Clearance Card for Volunteer Health Science Student & Clinical Assistant and a Healthcare Provider (BLS Provider) or Professional Rescuer (CPR) certification.