Eligibility & Requirements

Student Eligibility

To be eligible for enrollment into a phlebotomy course, you do not need to have any previous medical experience. You just need to meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Submit proof of having a current Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (CPR) card from either the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross. (CPR certification must be maintained current throughout the phlebotomy course.) If you need to find a CPR class, be sure to see our available CPR course dates.
  • Submit proof of having a high school diploma, certificate of completion, or GED. If you attended high school in another country, you must have your transcripts evaluated by a state-approved evaluator to ensure that the education received is equivalent to U.S. high school. Links to evaluators approved by the state of California are provided below under "Foreign Diplomas."
  • Have a valid Social Security Number (for state licensing purposes).
  • Meet all medical and insurance requirements and submit copies of all supporting documents. See the Medical Resources document at right for more information.
  • Successfully complete and pass a background check.
  • UCLA requires that students demonstrate a high degree of English language proficiency.  To ensure that you are equipped with the necessary skills to pursue the Phlebotomy program, you must be able to read, speak, and write fluently in English.

Foreign Diplomas

If your high-school diploma was issued outside the United States, it must be evaluated by a state-approved evaluator to ensure it is equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma. The state has informed us that the Department of Health Services will accept educational transcript evaluations completed by “Current Members” of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), and “Endorsed Members” of the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE). Evaluations completed before August 15, 2016 will only be accepted if completed by AACRAO. Please use the links below to view the “Current” and “Endorsed” members of NACES and AICE.

Medical Requirements

If you enroll into the phlebotomy course, you are required to complete and submit copies of the following medical and insurance records by the third class session. For a list of low cost resources, be sure to view the Medical Resources document listed at the bottom of this page.

  • Physical: A current basic physical examination (conducted within the 6 months prior to the beginning of the course), signed by a physician, that specifies that you have no physical limitations for participating in the classroom and clinical phases of the course. Your physician can use our Physical Clearance Form located in the packet on the right.
  • Healthcare Provider Evaluation & Clearance for Mask Fit (Respirator) Testing: We encourage you to obtain this clearance at the same time you do your physical (forms are in the packet on the right).  You must repeat the evaluation if you have a significant weight change (loss or gain) in the time between the evaluation to the test.  The mask fit testing materials, supplies and mask are included in the course fees.
    Important Note: The mask fit testing done in class requires men to shave their facial hair, e.g., beard or stubble, if it interferes with the seal of the mask. If you choose NOT to shave, you must provide your own optional air-purifying respirator (PAPR) in order to meet this mandatory course requirement.  The cost for a PAPR unit is not included in the course fee.  If you choose not to shave and to get a PAPR unit instead, it will cost you $650 or more.
  •  Copy of health insurance card. You must maintain health insurance throughout the program.
  •  Furnish proof of the following immunizations:

    • Hepatitis B vaccine/immunity: A Hepatitis-B vaccine (start of 3 shot series or signed refusal form) Proof of Hepatitis-B vaccine, 3 shot series, positive Hep-B titer, OR signed refusal form.
    • Tetanus-Diptheria-Pertussis (Tdap): Proof of Tdap vaccine.
    • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR): Proof of MMR vaccine or a positive MMR titer.
    • Tuberculosis: A negative TB skin test within three months of the beginning of the course. If you had a positive reaction to a previous skin test, please submit documentation of a negative chest x-ray.
    • Varicella: A varicella vaccination (or proof of immunization or a positive varicella titer).

Licensing & Background Requirements

If you successfully complete the didactic and clinical phases, you will receive a course completion certificate and will be eligible to take the certifying exam for phlebotomists. The exam is administered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) and is hosted at our course location. Upon successfully passing the certifying exam, you can then apply for a phlebotomy license with the State of California by submitting your test results, your certificate of course completion, and confirmation of your clinical hours along with the application fee (approximately $55).  Some employers hiring phlebotomists may require a background investigation to determine if a job applicant has a criminal history

All potential students to the Phlebotomy course must complete a background check a minimum of 14 days prior to the start of the Phlebotomy course.

In California, the background investigation typically includes an electronic fingerprint database search known as Live Scan used to determine if a person has a criminal history.

The Live Scan Check includes an exhaustive criminal background check by the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ). For the forms and additional information on how to complete a background check, please see the Student Med Forms document at the bottom of this web page.