Start your career in the healthcare field with College of Western Idaho (CWI) Phlebotomy program today!

Healthcare is a growing industry with continued opportunities. This is your opportunity for immediate employment, ongoing potential for growth and skills you can use for life.

The CWI Phlebotomy and Specimen Processing program is your key to becoming a phlebotomist and specimen processor.  In this intensive 15 week class, you will learn the responsibilities and skills required to gain work as an entry level phlebotomist (someone trained to draw blood) and specimen processor in the lab.  These skills will then be utilized at a local clinical site for a 40 hour externship.  Students are expected to complete the clinical hours in consecutive shifts.  

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Workforce Development at College of Western Idaho (CWI) provides you high-quality, short-term training to boost your job skills, acquire new career skills, and earn the certificates you need. Take as many classes as you want in our short-term, credit free classes with no applications, no transcripts, and no hassle. Just sign up and watch your career take off.

Classes are offered at a variety of locations throughout western Idaho that are taught by knowledgeable professionals with years of experience in the topics they teach.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • Variety of blood collection methods
  • Proper techniques
  • Safety and precautions
  • Infection control and prevention
  • Handling of specimens
  • Quality assurance

Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Certificate of Completion


Delivery Formats:

Skills, Traits, and Prep Classes

  • AHA Healthcare Provider CPR complete by clinicals
  • Vaccinations - TB screen, Hep B, and immunizations prior to clinicals
  • Pass drug test and background check prior to clinicals
  • Basic computer knowledge
  • Basic math skills
  • Understanding of the English language (written and spoken)
  • Students will be drawing blood on each other routinely

Minimum Age Requirement



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Program fee:  $1,725

Additional Required Items to Purchase

  • Books:  $105*
  • Maroon scrubs:  $40*
  • Immunizations:  $12 - $250*
  • AHA/BLS for Healthcare Provider CPR - $50*
  • Background check:  $20 - $60*
  • Drug test:  $25*

*Estimated costs, vary by vendor

Class costs and fees are subject to change without notice.


There are an assortment of scholarship opportunities available if you qualify to help cover some or all of the costs associated with classes offered through CWI Workforce Development. Call us at 208.562.2700 for more information.

Payment Options

CWI Workforce Development offers you multiple payment options to cover the cost of your program. For more information, visit Payment Options

Career Info


  • Plebotomist
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)


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News and Blogs

On April 7 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., the College will showcase the healthcare programs offered at CWI's Ada County Campus.

Last month students from CWI’s Phlebotomy program volunteered at the Mountain Home Health and Wellness Day.

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