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  • 2 weeks or 5 weekends

  • a wide range of externships in the Bay Area

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* in addition, students will have to complete at least 40-160 hours externship and pass the national NCCT exam to qualify for licensing

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The Role of the Phlebotomy Technician

Phlebotomy Technicians work directly with patients; they are the human face of the laboratory. As a Phlebotomy Technician, you’ll be responsible for drawing, processing and transporting quality blood samples to produce accurate laboratory results. Study at BAMA Institute and become a vital member of a healthcare team.

The Educator of Choice for Employers

Since 2004, BAMA Institute has been providing a Phlebotomy Certification program approved by the Department of Health-Laboratory Field Services. These employers send their staff for training and certification in Phlebotomy to BAMA Institute because they trust the quality of our program:

  • San Francisco Department of Health

  • One Medical Group

  • Kaiser Emergency Room (Marin County)

  • Santa Clara Department of Public Health

  • AIDS Foundation etc.

Solid Proven Curriculum

We believe there shouldn’t be a shortcut to working in the healthcare field. Errors during sample collection can dramatically affect the result of the laboratory analysis of the blood sample and can lead to wrong diagnosis. We will train you to a proficiency level where hospitals and clinics (and their patients) can trust you will step into your first job and be ready to provide quality sample collection.

Though you don’t need nine months of instruction to become a skilled phlebotomist, you do need sufficient training. Some schools may offer programs as short as three days. The Department of Health-Laboratory Field Services requires a minimum 40-hour program, not including breaks, exams and labs. Anything shorter than 60 hours though is dangerously inadequate and will not offer the appropriate education to confidently and successfully enter the field.


Employer Partnerships
We partner with top Bay Area medical employers for externships (residencies), campus visits, and hiring events.


Small Class Sizes
You'll receive personalized attention, with additional coaching and lab practice hours if you need the extra help.


Multiple Locations
Our main campus is in San Francisco. We also have a satellite campus in San Jose.

We have worked with BAMA and are delighted with the talented employees we have been able to hire from their [Phlebotomy & Medical Assisting] programs.

Sidney Luu, District Phlebotomy Manager, One Medical Group

Employers That Hire Our Grads

Get Connected to LOCAL Employers

We are NOT a national chain with no connections to the local job market. BAMA Institute is a family-owned business and a certified women-owned and operated enterprise, building strong and productive partnerships with local employers.

As part of the program, we provide clinical hours (externship) at labs and facilities throughout the Bay Area such as:

  • San Francisco General Hospital

  • San Francisco Department of Public Health Clinics

  • Kaiser Permanente

  • One Medical Group

  • Quest Diagnostics

  • California Pacific Medical Center

  • UCSF Medical Center

  • San Mateo County General Hospital

  • Palo Alto Medical Foundation

  • Regional Medical Center

Diverse Campus

At BAMA Institute, we believe in learning from each other as well as giving instruction. There are students from many backgrounds at BAMA Institute: single moms, career changers, recent high school graduates, veterans, the unemployed and under-employed. Some want to enhance their education background or upgrade their skills, some need to retrain, others wish to support their family, or get off financial assistance. Each student has a different story to tell, and all are welcomed at BAMA Institute.

5 Steps to Obtaining the CPT1 Phlebotomy License

  1. Complete an DPH-LFS approved Phlebotomy Program

  2. Pass the National Certification Exam

  3. Turn in all Externship Requirements

  4. Complete Clinical Externship

  5. Apply for CPT1 License

Did you Know?

  • BAMA Institute’s Phlebotomy program has been approved by the Department of Public Health – Laboratory Field Services since 2005 and has graduated over 6,000 Phlebotomists.

  • Between,, and, there are currently 5,465 phlebotomy jobs that need to be filled in the state of California. The mean average salary for Phlebotomists in the Santa Clara, California area as of May 2017 was $20.64/hr, compared to a national average of $16.69/hr. However, salary depends on the company hiring, with some places paying $18.28/hr, while there are other companies paying upwards of $28.64/hr. in the Santa Clara area.

Is a Rewarding Career as a Phlebotomy Technician Right For You?

If you’re interested in learning more about a career as a Phlebotomy Technician and exploring whether this is the right path for you, fill out the form on this page for more information. A helpful BAMA Institute Admissions Representative will be happy to answer any questions you have and help you with everything from scheduling to financial aid. 

For immediate questions, give us a call at 408-216-2390.


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