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January 3, 2018
State Blocks Another Homeschool Alum
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Experienced phlebotomist Sandra Rivera encountered difficulties when she applied for a license to draw blood in California—all because she is a homeschool graduate.
Back in 2002, Sandra graduated from her homeschool program in California, and she has lived in Ohio for the last few years. She took classes in phlebotomy, obtained a national Certified Phlebotomist license, and worked in several Ohio hospitals.
Last fall, Sandra decided to move back home to California and get her state license to draw blood. But like other homeschool graduates before her, she ran into resistance from the California Department of Health.
The CDH emailed Sandra after she submitted her application, informing her that since she had not graduated from an accredited high school, she had to obtain a GED. Additionally, California does not accept out-of-state phlebotomy training, so even though Sandra had over 2,000 hours of phlebotomy experience, she had to retake about 20 hours of “advanced didactic training” from a California school.
HSLDA Staff Attorney Darren Jones contacted the CDH, pointing out that California law only requires phlebotomists to “be a high school graduate.” It says nothing about “accreditation.” Within a week, Sandra received an email from CDH, saying that the application was “under review.” While she waited, she took the required didactic class from an approved California school and submitted proof to CDH.
Less than a month after Jones’ letter, Sandra received notice that CDH had verified her completion of the didactic class and was issuing her a phlebotomy license—with no mention of any requirement of a GED!
Sandra immediately emailed Jones: “[I] just wanted to say I couldn’t have received my license without your awesome help! I’m so grateful, [and I] hope this brightens your day, as you have mine!”