Phlebotomy Certificate

Phlebotomy is an exciting entry-level healthcare career that provides ample employment opportunities and excellent exposure to the many areas of the healthcare industry.  Phlebotomists draw blood for tests, transfusions, research or blood donations. YVC’s program takes two quarters to complete, with lab instruction on both the Yakima and Grandview campuses. Working phlebotomists can expect to earn over $30,000 a year, with a job outlook growing faster than the average employment field over the next ten years.

Selective Admission

Beginning in the 2023-2024 academic year, the phlebotomy program will be offered as a Winter/Spring cohort. The program will accept the first 35 qualified students.

About the Program

  • Phlebotomy Certificate (11 Credits)
  • Online instruction / Labs in Yakima and Grandview
  • 100-hour externship
  • Opportunity Grant money available
  • Median wage: $17.97 an hour
  • 22% Job Growth (2020-2030)
  • iBest Partnership

Program Curriculum

Phlebotomy Certificate

Quarter 1

  • AH 155: First Aid/CPR/Blood-Borne Pathogen Training 2 Cr
  • AHPH 170: Phlebotomy Theory 4 Cr
  • AHPH 171: Phlebotomy Lab 1 Cr
  • Total Credits 7

Quarter 2

  • AHPH 172: Phlebotomy Externship 4 Cr
  • Total Credits 4

Total Credits 11

Program Information

Career Overview
For up-to-date information consult the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.

The Phlebotomy Program takes two quarters to complete. The first quarter is three classes. AHPH 170 is a fully online course, AH 155 is a hybrid (online and face-to-face) and AHPH 171 is a face-to-face lab course offered on the Yakima and Grandview campuses. The second quarter is one class. AHPH 172 is the externship course. Most of the course is completed by participating in an externship experience in a local lab and hospital setting.

Beginning in the 2023-2024 academic year, the Phlebotomy Program will be offered as a Winter/Spring cohort. The program will accept the first 35 qualified students.

The following costs are ESTIMATES of the expenses students can expect during the program.

  • Tuition & Fees $1362
  • Book $128
  • Background Check/Drug Screen $80
  • Scrubs $50
  • Closed-Toe Shoes $50
  • YVC Phlebotomy Certificate Application $10
  • Washington State MA-P Certification Application $145 (paid to Washington Dept. of Health)
  • Immunizations/Titers – will vary for each student

*Tuition and lab fees are subject to change.
**Rates subject to change; please see current rate listed in the Business Office (Deccio Higher Education Center).
The estimated costs do not include transportation, room and board, or other personal needs.

Financial Aid

The Phlebotomy Program does not qualify for federal financial aid unless the courses are taken as part of a degree or certificate of 45 credits or more. YVC Special Funding sources may pay for the Phlebotomy Program. Click here to apply for Special Funding.

Application Process

Step 1: Apply for admission to Yakima Valley College
Step 2: Submit Phlebotomy Program Application

The Phlebotomy Program application is open the first day of Fall Quarter and closes on November 25. You must have all program requirement documentation in to secure a seat in a cohort. Before submitting your application, please review the Phlebotomy Program Requirements to ensure you have the correct documentation needed to complete the application.

Beginning in the 2023-2024 academic year, the Phlebotomy Program will be offered as a Winter/Spring cohort. The program will accept the first 35 qualified students.

Application Review

Applications will be evaluated on a weekly basis and students are notified by email of the status.

Immunization Requirements

The Phlebotomy Program’s affiliation agreements with externship training sites require students to complete all immunizations and tuberculosis (TB) screening as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for healthcare personnel. The requirements reduce the risk of exposure to communicable diseases for students and their patients/clients.

Students who have applied, or plan to apply, to the Phlebotomy Program must supply official documentation of their immunization status with their application to the program. See Immunization Requirements in the Application Requirements toggle.

Washington State Requirements

Students must attest to having a GED or High School Diploma.

Background check and drug screen

Criminal history background information and drug screening are required of students applying to the Phlebotomy program. Information obtained from the background check and/or drug screen will be considered in determining student eligibility to enter the program and/or complete clinical courses. Inability to participate in clinical experiences due to information obtained from the criminal history background check and/or drug screen may result in the student’s inability to satisfactorily complete program requirements.

Application Requirements2022-06-28T15:04:20-07:00

To complete the Phlebotomy Application please upload documentation of the following. All documentation must be in PDF format. Do not upload JPG or other file types. All documents must include identifiers such as your name and/or birthdate. Screenshots of online patient portals will not be accepted. Any application that does not include ALL items listed will be declined. Students can reapply at any time with the correct documentation.


Option 1

Two two-step TB skin tests. How is 2-step PPD testing done? The 2-step PPD test, or tuberculin skin test, is used to detect individuals with past tuberculosis (TB) infection. It is done in a four-appointment schedule: Visit 1: Place the first PPD Visit 2: 48-72 hours (about 3 days) later, the PPD is read. Visit 3: 1-3 weeks after Visit 1, the second PPD is placed. Visit 4: 48-72 hours (about 3 days) later, the PPD is read. In summary, 2-step PPD testing requires 2 PPDs to be placed, 1-3 weeks apart, with each of those tests read 48-72 hours (about 3 days) after placement.

Option 2

Documentation of negative TB skin test for last 3 consecutive years.

Option 3

If past positive results indicate a clear Chest X-ray within the last 5 years.

Option 4

IGRA – TB Blood Test (QuantiFERON TB Gold)

Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap)


Vaccination within the last 8 years

Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR)

Option 1

Two vaccinations (6 weeks apart)

Option 2

Positive antibody titers (blood draw) for ALL 3 components

Varicella (Chicken Pox)

Option 1

Two vaccinations (6 weeks apart)

Option 2

Positive antibody titer (blood draw)

Hepatitis B (Hep B)

Option 1

Three vaccinations (2nd shot 2 months after 1st, and 3rd shot 4-6 months after 1st shot)

Option 2

Positive antibody titer (blood draw)

Influenza (Flu)


One vaccination administered during the current flu season


Option 1

Two vaccinations of Moderna 21 days (about 3 weeks) apart

Option 2

Two vaccinations of Pfizer 28 days (about 4 weeks) apart

Option 3

One vaccination for Johnson & Johnson

Proof of more immunizations or other requirements may be requested for acceptance into the program as required by the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control, Washington state, and/or adopted by the externship site Infection Control Department.

Contact Us

Phlebotomy Program  509.574.4913​​

Learn more about Allied Health Programs

YVC offers a unique approach to obtaining a variety of health professional certificates or degrees.

  • Our shorter-term certificate offerings range from 5 to 69 credits in length.
  • Our Associate of Applied Science Degree, we offer several options which range from 90 to 106 credits in length.

Our Allied Health Technology programs provide career and enrichment coursework and clinical experiences in order to build the knowledge, skills, and competencies for providing care for people of all ages in a variety of medical professions. Each program has different admission criteria, coursework, and degree options, ranging from introductory classes and certificates to associate of applied science degrees focused on a specific area of study. The majority of courses are offered in an online format. Clinical laboratory practice and clinical externship are required in some program courses.


West Campus Allied Health Building

YVC’s recently opened West Campus features expanded classrooms and labs for five of the college’s Allied Health programs: Medical Assisting, Medical Billing and Coding, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy, Sterile Processing Technician, and Surgical Technology. The new facility is designed to prepare students to excel as healthcare professionals by providing spaces that mimic real-life healthcare settings. Learn more about West Campus and the Allied Health Building.

Contact Allied Health

Email:  or Phone: 509.574.4913

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