Phlebotomy Technician

A phlebotomy technician’s responsibilities include drawing blood and conducting other specimen collections. Phlebotomy technicians also recognize conditions that might alter collections, have a high regard for patient safety, and communicate with the laboratory to ensure the best possible care. They must also understand lab test requirements and maintain specimen quality. Work settings include doctor’s offices, hospitals, research facilities, and industrial laboratories.

Certificate of Accomplishment

This certificate has a total of approximately 28 credits and is usually completed in three quarters. It prepares participants for entry-level positions in outpatient settings.

See the full Certificate of Accomplishment curriculum.


  • Admission to Bellevue College as a credit student.
  • Basic computer skills and access to a computer with Internet access is highly recommended
  • Placement by assessment into ENGL&101 for advanced classes.
  • Successful completion of both Foundation and Program courses.

The following table outlines the Phlebotomy Technician Certificate program as of Summer 2022:

Foundation Courses
AHE 100Introduction to Healthcare5 Cr.
AHE 110Medical Terminology5 Cr.
AHE 120Safety for Healthcare2 Cr.
BIOL 108
– OR –
AHE 130
– OR –
* t BIOL& 241
– AND –
* t BIOL& 242
Human Biology
– – –
Human Systems
– – –
Anatomy & Physiology I
– – –
Anatomy & Physiology II
6 Cr.
– – –
5 Cr.
– – –
6 Cr.
– – –
6 Cr.

Sub-Total Foundation:

17-24 Cr.


Phlebotomy Program Courses
AHEL 110Introduction to Phlebotomy5 Cr.
AHEL 118Phlebotomy Practicum (Externship)5 Cr.

Sub-Total Phlebotomy:

10 Cr.

Total Phlebotomy Certificate: 27-34 Cr.

BOLD courses are the standard department recommendation, any listed course may be selected as an alternative. Courses not listed, though of equivalent content (including transfer) may be eligible for substitution following the Bellevue College transfer and/or substitution policies.
* Both BIOL&241 and BIOL&242 must be completed to meet the anatomy and physiology standard, if this option is selected.
t Some courses have defined prerequisite or placement standards, please see the course catalog for requirements for these courses.

Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible for Washington State MA-P (phlebotomist) certification. Please see the Phlebotomy Certification (MA-P) outline under “Current Students”, and read the description for the “traditional program“.

More information for Out of State students can be found at:

Career Outlook

Projected employment for Phlebotomists in the United States from 2020 to 2030 is expected to increase by 22% in the United States and by more than 15% in the state of Washington according to CareerOneStop.

Nationally Recognized

This program was recently ranked #8 Best Phlebotomy Certification Program In The U.S.

Last Updated December 20, 2023