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Phlebotomy TechnicianPhlebotomy Technician Certificate
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.
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.
Program Delivery Methods
Traditional in-class courses on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN and offsite clinical training at various Metro locations.
What You'll Learn
- 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
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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Program Enrollment Process
Students interested in registering for Phlebotomy and Phlebotomy Clinical Experience must complete a Letter of Intent for the Phlebotomy Technician Program and submit the form to Enrollment Services. Letters of Intent can be submitted any time up to the start of the semester, but priority enrollment will be offered to students who submit the letter by the priority deadline date. After the priority deadline date for the upcoming semester, Letters of Intent will be evaluated in the order in which they are received and students will be offered admission to the Phlebotomy program on a first-ready, first-served basis until the 14-16 seats for each section have been filled. Additional students will be placed on a waiting list.
Students selected for priority admission will be contacted within 2 weeks following the priority deadline date by US mail and Saint Paul College email with notification of admission to the program. Further information about next steps including acceptance of the seat and confirmation of planned attendance by the student at the required Phlebotomy Seminar will also be provided at that time. Admission to the program and permission to register for the Phlebotomy and Phlebotomy Clinical Experience courses will be provided following attendance at the required Phlebotomy Seminar.
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 andliability insurance. Students are responsible for parking and transportation costs for the clinical experience portion of the program.
Required Phlebotomy Technician Seminar
Students must attend a mandatory information seminar to learn about program requirements and to complete documentation to enter the program.
- Blood donation centers
- Outpatient care centers
- Allina Hospitals & Clinics
- HealthEast Care System
- Fairview Health Services
- Children's Hospitals & Clinics
- North Memorial Medical Center
- Park Nicollet Health Services
- 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.
Meet the Faculty
This program meets standards set by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS):
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