Phlebotomy Technician Certificate

Career Description

A Phlebotomy Technician (Phlebotomist) is an integral member of the medical laboratory team whose primary function is the collection of blood samples from patients via venipuncture or micro-techniques. The Phlebotomy Technician facilitates the collection and transportation of laboratory specimens, and is often the patient’s only contact with the medical laboratory. The need to assure quality and patient safety mandates strict professional behavior and standards of practice for Phlebotomists. Upon successful completion of all coursework and a 135 hour internship, students will be prepared to sit for the Certified Phlebotomy Technician national certification exam.

Program Information

The Phlebotomy Technician Certificate is designed to prepare students for career opportunities in the rapidly growing, high-demand field of health care support. After receiving the detailed, hands-on instruction, you’ll be able to use quality assurance requirements in performing phlebotomy and laboratory procedures. What’s more, you’ll learn how to interact with patients, families, physicians and healthcare teams, all while demonstrating professional behavior to deliver safe, ethical, legal and compassionate patient care. You’ll have experience in medical laboratory protocol, which will help with the transition into the work world. This certificate enables students to complete the academic requirements for a phlebotomy technician in one semester and complete the internship requirements following instruction.

Program Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate professional behaviors and attitudes consistent with delivery of safe, ethical, legal and compassionate patient care.
  • Effectively use quality assurance requirements in obtaining patient blood specimens by venipuncture or microtechniques.
  • Interact with patients, families, providers, and other healthcare team members in a respectful and caring manner.

Special Program Requirements

In addition to the program requirements, students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:

  1. College Cumulative GPA Requirement: cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted and completed at CLC must be at least 2.0;
  2. College Technical Core GPA Requirement: cumulative GPA of credits attempted and completed towards the technical core of the diploma or degree must be at least 2.0;
  3. Residency Requirement: students must complete 25% of their credits at Central Lakes College.


American Heart Association Health Care Provider (CPR) certification is required before working with patients. Admission start date is Fall semester. A high school diploma or GED is required. Please contact the Admissions Department on the Brainerd or Staples campus for information or to apply to the program.

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Program Course Requirements

Fall Semester (15 credits)
BIOL 1404  Human Biology, 3 cr
ENGL 1422  Practical Writing, 3 cr  OR  ENGL 1410 Composition I, 4 cr
MEDA 1120  Laboratory Techniques I, 3 cr
MEDA 1128  Medical Terminology, 1 cr  OR  PNUR 1138 Medical Terminology, 1 cr
MEDA 1130  Ethics and Issues, 2 cr
MEDA 1132*  Phlebotomy, 2 cr
PNUR 1130  Life Span, 1 cr  OR  PSYC 2431 Human Development, 3 cr

Spring Semester (3 credits)
MEDA 1134  Phlebotomy Technician Internship, 3 cr

*Denotes Prerequisites
NOTE: Health Care Provider or Professional Rescuer CPR is required prior to working on patients.

Program Instructors

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