Limited Clinical Skills Program

The Limited Clinical Skills Program, provided by Sierra College Nursing Program through the Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC), is aligned with the UC Davis Health Policy 1505 “Unlicensed Staff Performing Services for Research,” and developed jointly by CTSC and Sierra College. The training covers phlebotomy, vitals, and EKG lead placement. Phlebotomy is practiced on artificial arms first, then on each other. Each attendee must be present for three in-person classes at Sierra College (Rocklin Campus), complete extensive online homework and pass the competency tests to gain the Certificate of Completion. Successful completion allows the certified staff to practice limited clinical skills for research purposes only, at any UC Davis Health clinic and at the hospital. This is not a medical assisting or CPT (Certified Phlebotomy Tech) certification. The CTSC is subsidizing the training, reducing the cost per person to $400, all inclusive. CTSC will invoice the departments upon completion.  If an attendee is unable to complete all classes (*with the exception of an emergency), your department will be billed the full cost of $800. Please be sure you or your candidate(s) can attend the full session before committing.

How to Sign Up

Research department managers may place their staff on the waitlist for a future training session by sending an email to Please include the attendee's name, department/role, and email address. All inquiries will be placed on a waitlist to be offered placement in a future cohort.