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 program at Saint Paul College 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 didactic 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.
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.
This program is seeking approval by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.
5600 N River Rd., Suite 720
Rosemount, IL 60018-5119
Licensing or certification exams are independent of graduation requirements.
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
- 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