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Phlebotomy Technician Certificate

Why Choose Phlebotomy Technician Certificate at CLC?

• CLC students have many internship opportunities with area health care facilities.

• Team-oriented classroom instruction will prepare you for teamwork in the health care field.

• A large variety of equipment and resources to allow for realistic, hands-on experience while learning.

• Classroom time is conducive to non-traditional student schedules.

• Opportunities to work in a variety of areas, like a clinics, hospitals or other health care settings.

About the Program

It takes just five months to complete this 17-credit Phlebotomy Technician Certificate at Central Lakes College.

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.

The Phlebotomy Technician Certificate was established in 2014 in order to expand the allied health medical assistant program.

Program Information

Program Course Requirements


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) 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)

Total 15 credits

Spring Semester

MEDA  1134 Phlebotomy Technician Internship (3 cr)

Total 3 credits


*Denotes Prerequisites

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


Detailed Program Information

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 18 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 enables students to complete the academic requirements for a phlebotomy technician in one semester and complete the internship requirements following instruction.

Special Program Requirements:

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


Accreditation: Accreditation through AMT or ASCP is being sought at this time.

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. It is not necessary to have this certification to work as a phlebotomist at this time, but it is the feeling of industry partners that it will eventually be a requirement. By students gaining this certification, it provides them with an advantage when interviewing for phlebotomy positions to show that they have had formal training.

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




Program Outcomes

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.


dawnDawn L. Verdon
Dawn L. Verdon worked as a certified medical assistant for 29 years before returning to college to earn her AA Degree from CLC in 2002.
She later graduated with an Elementary Education Degree from Bemidji State University, and earned a Master’s Degree in Education and Leadership from Southwest Minnesota State University.
She’s a certified medical assistant and an allied health instructor.
When the Medical Assistant Program started at CLC in 2008, Verdon joined the staff.
In her spare time, she enjoys walking, biking, reading, music, theater and spending time with family and friends. Email Dawn for more information

Student Testimonials


The time I spent at CLC in the Phlebotomy Program was the best year of schooling I ever received. Everyday I learned new information in a fun way, with people I truly enjoyed being with. There was a great balance between in-class learning and hands-on experiences. The instructor Dawn Michel was very informing and encouraging, and for once, I felt like I had a teacher who cared and wanted to see me succeed. I have since been able to take that knowledge and begin a career. Everyday I do my work, I am thankful for what I have learned at CLC. Being able to have the proper knowledge and training has set me up with a great career and an amazing future for me and my family.


I took the Phlebotomy course through CLC in Fall 2014. The course was everything I thought it would be and more. I am now a phlebotomist at a local hospital. It was great to be able to walk into a hospital and clinic and be able to do my job well. The head of the lab is continuously praising this program; she loves to get interns that have completed the CLC Phlebotomy Program.

Employment Statistics

For more information regarding employment statistics, career salary information and estimated job growth, follow the resource links below:

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