Health Care/Nursing - Phlebotomy Technician
Title Phlebotomy Technician 
Department Medical Assistant 

Special Department Information:

Program Course Requirements

Fall Semester
BIOL 1404 Human Biology (3 cr)
ENGL 1422 Practical Writing (3 cr)
MEDA 1120 Laboratory Techniques I (3 cr)
MEDA 1128 Medical Terminology (1 cr)
MEDA 1130 Ethics and Issues (1 cr)
MEDA 1132* Phlebotomy (2 cr)
PNUR 1130** Life Span (1cr)
Total 14 credits

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

*Denotes Prerequisites
**PSYC 2431 Human Development (3 credits) may be substituted for PNUR 1130 Life Span (1 credit)

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

Click here to download the Phlebotomy Technician Certificate Program Planning Form (PDF)

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 microtechniques. 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.

Program Information: The 17 credit Phlebotomy Technician Certificate is designed to prepare students for career opportunities in the rapidly growing, high-demand field of health care support. Instruction is already in place during the fall semester of the Medical Assistant Program. This certificate would enable 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:

Students must complete Heatlhcare Provider CPR prior to working with patients.

Accreditation: Accreditation through AMT or ASCP would be sought upon final approval of this certificate.

Certification: Upon successful completion of all coursework and a 135 hour internship, students will prepare to sit for the national certification exam to be come a Certified Phlebotomy Technician.

Admissions: Progression through the program is sequential. Admission start date is Fall semester. A high school diploma or GED is required. Healthcare Provider CPR is a prerequisite for this program. Please contact the Admissions Department on the Brainerd or Staples campus for information or to apply to the program.

Career Opportunities: The primary employment opportunities include working in a clinic setting, hospital, laboratory or blood bank.

Career Titles: Students may take a national certification exam to become a certified Phlebotomist or Phlebotomy Technician.

Advisory Board: The Advisory Board will consist of current members of the Medical Assistant Advisory Board.