Phlebotomy Frequently Asked Questions

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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 and completed here.

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.

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 see our page on payment methods for the forms of payment we accept and our Contact Us page for more information.


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 see our page on Phlebotomy Eligibility & Requirements.

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

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.

What subjects are covered in the course?

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 much more.

What are the class hours?

Please see our page on the Phlebotomy Course Schedule for more information. 

Where do we go for our clinical rotations and at what times are they held?

You will have the option of completing your 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, White Memorial Medical Center, Huntington Memorial Hospital - Outpatient Lab, Center for Family Health and Education (Clinics located in Long Beach, Panorama City and El Monte). The days and times for each location vary, but are typically weekday-day shifts. There are some sessions that are held on weekends, but there are only a few offered (as you will be in class on Saturdays). Students will begin attending rotations after successfully passing their skills final exam and will have up one to complete the rotations. If you have concerns about conflicts with school, work, etc. please contact Claudia Del Toro, Program Director:

How will we sign up for clinical rotations?

Clinical rotations sign-up will take place immediately after successfully passing your skills final exam. 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

Does the UCLA Center for Prehospital Care Phlebotomy Program offer the state board exam?

UCLA does not offer the board exam. Students choosing to take the board exam will register with the National Healthcareer Association (NHA), which administers Phlebotomy board exams, and choose the PSI computer-based testing option. You will then schedule your test date at a PSI testing center of your choice.

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.

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.

Do you offer job placement?

We do not offer job placement.

Contact information

Whom should I contact if I have other questions or would like more detailed information?

Prospective students may contact our Main Office at 310-267-5959, or email our student services department at contact Claudia Del Toro, Phlebotomy Program Director, by e-mail at