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Phlebotomy Technician

Phlebotomy Technician Certificate
Phlebotomy Technician

Program Overview

​Phlebotomy technicians serve an integral role as members of the health care team. Phlebotomy is an entry level position in healthcare. Trained to collect blood specimens from patients, phlebotomy technicians are skilled professionals who assist physicians in diagnosis and treatment of disease by ensuring high quality of the specimen they provide for laboratory analysis. They practice safety to protect themselves and the patients they serve. Additionally, because phlebotomy involves significant direct patient contact, these laboratory professionals become the face of the laboratory and must adhere to standards of professional behavior and appearance.

Qualifications include an ability to work accurately under pressure, and to communicate effectively. Phlebotomy technicians like challenge and responsibility and are committed to providing high quality care to patients.

The Phlebotomy Technician Certificate program is a combination of classroom, laboratory and applied experiences that will provide students with training needed for employment in phlebotomy careers. ​​​ Following the on-campus phlebotomy coursework, students are assigned to a clinical affiliate for the clinical experience. This required portion of the curriculum provides an opportunity for demonstration of technical and affective skill competency. Students spend 100 hours at the affiliate where they must perform a minimum of 100 successful blood collection procedures, under the supervision of affiliate staff. Individuals must be at least 18 years of age.

Program Delivery Methods
Traditional in-class courses on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN​ and offsite clinical training at various Metro locations.

Program Highlights

  • ​Role and functions of the phlebotomist
  • Comprehensive skills to perform a variety of blood collection procedures
  • Standard safety practices designed to prevent injury or illness
  • Proper selection and use of phlebotomy equipment for safe specimen procurement that maintains optimal specimen integrity/quality
  • Specimen collection and handling errors that can compromise sample quality and how to avoid them
  • Skills to recognize and respond to complications or special considerations in blood collection procedures
  • Effective interpersonal/professional/self-management skills to fulfill job responsibilities in interactions with patients, colleagues and other members of the healthcare team


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Program Details

  • Program Requirements

    Program Requirements Guides
    View the Program Requirement Guide to learn about Minimum Program Entry Requirements, Recommended Course Sequence and Program Outcomes:

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    ​Textbook and Supply Costs
    Students should expect to spend approximately $680.00 beyond the cost of tuition and fees, for books, supplies (gloves), certification exam and liability insurance. Students are responsible for parking and transportation costs for the clinical experience portion of the program.

    Required Phlebotomy Technician Seminar
    ​Students registered for PHLB 1405 and 1410 must attend a mandatory information seminar. At the seminar students will review program requirements, program expectations and complete documentation required to begin the phlebotomy technical courses.  The Seminar will be held on the Monday of the first week of classes. An email invitation to the seminar will be sent to all students registered for the phlebotomy technical courses. ​

  • Career Settings

    • ​Hospitals
    • Clinics
    • Blood donation centers
    • Outpatient care centers
    Potential Employers
    • HealthPartners
    • Allina Hospitals & Clinics
    • HealthEast Care System
    • Fairview Health Services
    • Children's Hospitals & Clinics
    • North Memorial Medical Center
    • Park Nicollet Health Services


  • Related Programs

  • Additional Benefits

    • ​After program completion, graduates are eligible to take the Phlebotomy Technician Certification examination administered through the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification. 
    • Licensing or certification are independent of graduation requirements, but required for most employment opportunities in this area.
  • Program Advisor

    Nicole Schroeder
    Phlebotomy Program Director


  • Meet the Faculty


This program is seeking accreditation by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)​:​

5600 N River Rd. 
Suite 720
Rosemount, IL 60018-5119
Telephone: 773.714.8880
Fax: 773.714.8886​

​Email: info@naacls.org
Website: www.naacls.org

Career Information

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