Phlebotomy Technician

A phlebotomy technician’s primary responsibility is drawing blood and conducting other specimen collections. A phlebotomist must recognize any conditions that might alter collections, have a high regard for patient safety, and communicate with both the laboratory and the patient 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.

Career Opportunities

The job of phlebotomy technician is an entry-level position. National certification for this position is not required in Washington State. Job seekers will need English language skills. Graduates of this Bellevue College certificate program should have a hiring advantage over applicants who have no training or formal education in this line of work.

This position often serves as a stepping stone for further advancement in the field of healthcare. Phlebotomists who continue their education may have the opportunity to move up in the laboratory or into other healthcare positions. Because of this upward mobility within the field, there are frequent openings for new entry-level applicants.

According to the American Society of Clinical Pathology, full-time phlebotomists earn an average of $27,040 annually, or $13 hourly. Hourly rates of pay will vary depending upon experience and the employer.

For currently available jobs and pay information in Washington, go to Washington Health Careers (

Certificate of Accomplishment

This certificate has a total of 40 credits and is usually completed in four (4) quarters. It prepares participants for entry-level positions in outpatient settings.

See the full Certificate of Accomplishment curriculum.


  • Acceptance 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


Foundation Courses
AHE 100 Introduction to Healthcare5 Cr.
AHE 110 Medical Terminology5 Cr.
AHE 120 Safety for Healthcare2 Cr.
AHE 130
- OR -
BIOL 108
Human Systems
- - -
Human Biology
5 Cr.
- - -
6 Cr.
AHE 140
- OR -
CMST 280
Professional Relations in Healthcare
- - -
Intercultural Communication

5 Cr.
HLTH 145 Wellness for Healthcare3 Cr.
Program Courses
AHEL 110 Introduction to Phlebotomy5 Cr.
AHEL 112 Advanced Phlebotomy5 Cr.
AHEL 118 Phlebotomy Practicum5 Cr.


40 Cr.

Recommended Course Scheduling


Total: 17cr. or 18 cr.Total: 13 cr.Total: 5 cr.Total: 5 cr.

AHE 100 (5 cr.)
AHE 140 (5 cr.)
- OR -
CMST 280 (5 cr.)

***AHEL 112 (5 cr.)

****AHEL 118 (5 cr.)
AHE 110 (5 cr.)*HLTH 145 (3 cr.)
AHE 120 (2 cr.)**AHEL 110 (5 cr)
AHE 130 (5 cr.)
- OR -
BIOL 108 (6 cr.)
*HLTH 145 - This course is not currently offered during Summer quarter.
**AHEL 110 - Students must have all required immunizations completed and uploaded to their Certified Profile to receive an entry code for this course.
***AHEL 112 - No more than one quarter between completion of AHEL 110 and enrollment in AHEL 112. This course is only offered in Winter and Summer quarters.
****AHEL 118 - Students must complete all Clinical On-boarding paperwork to receive an entry code for this course. No more than one quarter between completion of AHEL 112 and enrollment in AHEL 118. This course is only offered during Spring and Fall quarters.