• Credits: 16
  • Degree Type: Certificate
  • Campus: East Grand Forks

Program Overview

Phlebotomists are healthcare professionals who, under the supervision of physicians and other healthcare professionals, perform blood collection procedures using a variety of intrusive techniques. The phlebotomist is primarily responsible for collecting blood and body fluid specimens from patients for the purpose of laboratory analysis.

Phlebotomists are an integral member of a healthcare team and must be well-trained in all aspects of collection and transport of specimens to be used in the diagnoses, treatments, and prevention of diseases.

The Phlebotomist program integrates theoretical, practical and interpersonal skills providing the basis for the graduate to work as an effective entry-level phlebotomist in a variety of healthcare delivery systems.

Students will learn sample requirements for various clinical laboratory departments, make judgments regarding possible sample discrepancies, use appropriate equipment for the collection of samples, use venipuncture and capillary puncture techniques, apply specimen transport and process techniques, understand quality assurance and safety techniques, and become aware of the medical and legal implications of blood and body fluids collection. Graduates will be prepared to take a national certification examination.


Phlebotomy is a versatile profession that prepares a student to work in a variety of settings such hospitals, medical laboratories, physician offices and clinics, blood banks, extended care facilities, insurance companies, and various other healthcare settings. Employment opportunities exist throughout the country. With experience, some phlebotomists are promoted to higher-level positions such as phlebotomy supervisor or laboratory assistance. Some may choose to move into related fields like medical assistant, nursing aide, or patient care technician.

The employment outlook for phlebotomists in the state of Minnesota from 2010 to 2020 is currently in moderate demand.

Potential Job Titles

Program Courses

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Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
BIOL 1004 Intro Anatomy & Phys 3 credits
CPTR 1100 Computer Basics 1 credits
HLTH 1106 Medical Terminology 2 credits
HLTH 1108 Cultural Diversity 1 credits
PHLB 1104 Phlebotomy Procedures 2 credits
PHLB 1105 Phlebotomy Lab Skills 1 credits
PHLB 1106 Clinical Phlebotomy Inter 3 credits
SSCI 1101 Human Relations 3 credits

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