Phlebotomy Frequently Asked Questions

Enrollment

1.    Do I have to fill out an application for the phlebotomy course or be an UCLA student to be eligible?
No, there is no application for our course, and you do not have to be a UCLA student to enroll. Our course is open to the public for enrollment.

2.    I saw the course I wanted listed the other day; now it’s no longer there can I still enroll?
The only classes available for enrollment are listed online. If a course is no longer listed it has reached its maximum enrollment capacity and can no longer accept additional students.

3.    I am on the waitlist, what number am I, and how or when will you notify me if there is space available?
Our waitlist is not ranked. If a space becomes available in a course you’re waitlisted for we will email everyone on that waitlist. The first student to respond to the email (phone calls not accepted), and is able to pay the course fee in full will be able to fill that spot.

4.    How do I enroll in the course?
You can enroll online, over the phone or by coming into the office. We accepted Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. Please keep in mind when using a credi/debit card there is a 2.75% service fee. To enroll in person visit us M-F 8:30a-5p at 10990 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1450 Los Angeles, CA 90024. Acceptable forms of payment are; cashier’s check, money order, corporate check, or one of the following credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. Per University guidelines, we cannot accept cash or personal checks.

Prerequisites

5.    Why is Phlebotomy Prep required?
This course, over two evenings and one Saturday, introduces the fundamental concepts of phlebotomy. It is required for all students taking our Phlebotomy course and was designed to help students be successful in the phlebotomy program. The cost for Phlebotomy Prep is $195.

6.    What are the prerequisites for the course and when are they due?
To see the complete list of medical and documentation prerequisites for the course, please visit the Phlebotomy course web page. Prerequisites are due on the first day of the phlebotomy course.

7.    Is there a language requirement for the course?
In order to be successful in the course, students should be able to read, speak and write fluently in English.

Course and clinical rotation information

8.    Is your program accredited?
Yes, our program is approved by the State of California Department of Public Health, Laboratory Field Services. This is the only department that can approve phlebotomy programs in the State of California.

9.    What subjects are covered in the course?
One of the things that makes our students so successful is that we teach beyond the basics. We cover such topics as anatomy and physiology, infection control, quality assurance, anti-coagulation theory, phlebotomy equipment, “gold standard” phlebotomy techniques, patient identification and requisitions, and many, many more.

10.    What are the class hours?
For the first two weeks, the class meets on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 pm - 10 pm, and on Saturdays from 8 am - 6 pm. For the last four weeks, the class meets only on Saturdays from 8 am - 6 pm. The didactic (lecture) portion of the course is 6 weeks long. Clinical rotations are held outside of the scheduled lecture times.

11.    Where do we go for our clinical rotations and at what times are they held?
You will attend clinical rotations at three locations: Ronald Reagan UCLA hospital (inpatient), UCLA Medical Plaza Outpatient laboratory, Santa Monica UCLA Orthopaedic Hospital, the Hollywood Sunset Free Clinic, and Momentum Medical Group in Van Nuys. The Free Clinic and Momentum are off-site locations. The days and times for each location vary, but are typically weekday-day shifts. There are some sessions that are held on Saturdays, but there are only a few offered (as you will be in class on Saturdays). Students will begin attending rotations as early as the third week of the course and have until one month after their final written exam to complete the rotations. If you have concerns about conflicts with school, work, etc. please contact the Suzette Flick, Program Manager: sflick@mednet.ucla.edu.

12.    How will we sign up for clinical rotations?
Clinical rotations sign-up will start during the 6th class session. Students will sign up based on a lottery system. All of the available dates will be given to you. You will sign up for each shift according to what works best for your schedule.

State exam and job placement

13.    Does the UCLA Center for Prehospital Care Phlebotomy Program offer the state board exam?
Yes, we are a certified testing site by the National Healthcare Association. You will take the exam as a class and will be given the date more than a month ahead of time. The program manager will supply the applications, help you fill them out, send them to the testing company, and coordinate the exam. She will then ensure that the testing site receives all of the necessary documentation for the testing company to grade and process your paperwork.

14.    What is your success rate on the state board exam?
Last year, our student success rate on passing the state board exam was 97%. That’s more than 10% higher than the national average.

15.    What do I do after I pass the state board exam?
Once you have passed the state board exam, you may now apply for your California state phlebotomy license. The program manager will also assist you in submitting your application.

16.    Do you offer job placement?
We do not offer job placement. 

Course fees/financial assistance

17.    How much does the course cost?
The course is $1,875. This includes lecture materials, skills lab sessions, skills lab equipment, and the clinical rotations.

18.    Are textbooks required for the course?
Yes, Phlebotomy Essentials by McCall and Tankersley, fifth or sixth edition, is available at Amazon.com.

19.    Are there any additional items I will have to pay for?
You should prepare to pay for the additional items during the phlebotomy program:

  • Scrubs ($23.00 - $50.00) - The uniform for your clinical rotations and the skills lab will be discussed during the first day of class.
  • Parking at UCLA ($7.00 - $12.00) - pricing depends on the parking lot that you use for the course as well as your clinical rotations. Pricing is subject to change without notice.
  • Board exam fee ($105.00) - this is paid directly to the exam company at the end of the course.
  • State license fee ($100.00) - this is paid directly to the state of CA when you apply for your license.

20.    Do you offer a payment plan?
Yes, we offer a payment plan. An initial course fee payment of $635 is required at the time you register for the Phlebotomy program. If you pay by credit card, the initial payment is subject to a 2.75% convenience fee.  The remaining balance must be paid in two designated monthly payments before the start of the course.
If you pay for the entire course fee upfront, your cost is $1,875 (not included the phlebotomy prep fee).  If you sign up for the payment plan, there is a $35 sign-up fee, a $60 transaction fee for each of the two monthly payments ($120 total), plus the course fee so your total course fee cost would be $2,030 (not including phlebotomy prep fee).

For questions about the payment plan and/or to enroll for a payment plan, please e-mail Darlene Karim: dkarim@mednet.ucla.edu. Appointments are made by email only.

Please note that if you are approved for and enrolled via a payment plan, you are responsible for the payments being received in full by the dates designated on your contract. If your full payments are not received by the designated dates, you will not be permitted to attend the course, nor will you earn a certificate of completion.

21.    Does the Phlebotomy course offer federal financial aid? 
Please note that the Phlebotomy course does not participate in Title IV Federal Financial Aid Programs.  Students are highly encouraged to contact their own local credit union or bank and inquire about what private loan services they offer to members.

22.    Will the Phlebotomy course accept my GI Bill (Veteran’s Administration Assistance)?
The Phlebotomy course is not eligible to process Veterans Benefits.  At our Center, only the Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic Education courses are approved for processing GI Bill benefits.

23.    What is your refund policy and how do I request a refund?
Refunds must be requested at least 14 calendar days before the first day of class. If the refund request meets this requirement, the student will receive a full refund, minus the $200 non-refundable fee. ALL refund requests must be made in writing. Phone call request will not be accepted. To request a refund, students must email cpc@mednet.ucla.edu. We will make every attempt to respond to you within two business days.

Contact information

24.    Whom should I contact if I have other questions or would like more detailed information?
You can also contact our Main Office at 310-267-5959, email our student services department at cpc@mednet.ucla.edu or contact Suzette Flick, Phlebotomy Program Manager, by e-mail at sflick@mednet.ucla.edu or by phone at 310-312-9313.