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Minnesota State College Southeast
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A short-term certificate in Phlebotomy can lead to a lifelong skill set in the field of healthcare.

Career Area: Health Sciences
Program: Medical Laboratory Technician
Campus(es): Winona

Major Details

A short-term certificate in Phlebotomy can lead to a lifelong skill set in the field of healthcare.

For those seeking a short-term education pathway in health care careers, MSC Southeast offers a 9-credit certificate in Phlebotomy. Phlebotomists:

  • Draw blood for laboratory testing
  • May work as lab assistants performing simple lab testing
  • Process samples for laboratory testing

Having a certficate in Phlebotomy can be the beginning point for a career in Medical Laboratory Technician or be an advantage in many other healthcare professions.

You can complete the Phlebotomy Certificate in just one semester with a Fall or Spring semester start. Upon successful completion of the certificate you will be eligible to take the National Healthcareer Association Certified Phlebotomist exam.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of phlebotomists is projected to grow 23% from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers, and other locations need phlebotomists to perform bloodwork.

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Career Field: Health Science Technology
Cluster: Health Science
Pathway: Diagnostic Services

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1) 1000 level (minimum) General Education courses required unless specified


All courses are available fall and spring semester and certificate can be completed in one semester. Note: This program is not financial aid eligible.

College Communications
This course will provide an opportunity to sharpen communication skills, both written and oral, through writing papers and giving presentations. Principles common to both forms of verbal communication--such as focus, support, and organization--will be covered, as will features more particular to writing (e.g. paragraph and essay unity) and to speaking (e.g. speech delivery skills). This is a diploma-level course which does not transfer to two or four-year programs. (Prerequisite: Writing College Level Placement or successful completion of ENGL0528) (2 credits: 2 lecture/0 lab)

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2 cr
5 crs
Introduction to Laboratory Sciences
This course introduces students to the Clinical Laboratory and the role of the Phlebotomist, Medical Laboratory Technician, and Medical Laboratory Scientist. Students will learn about educational requirements, employment opportunities, certification, licensure, regulation and professional and patient code of ethics. Topics include medical terminology, laboratory safety, standard precautions, quality assurance, laboratory math and basic laboratory skills. Students will perform simple laboratory tests. (Prerequisites: None) (2 credits: 1 lecture/1 lab)

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2 cr
This course provides instruction in blood collection procedures and techniques. Students will learn about terminology, safety, customer service, the circulatory system, equipment, and specimen transport/processing. Students will perform routine venipunctures, capillary puncture, and special collection procedures in the classroom and in a clinical setting. (Prerequisite: None) (2 credits: 1 lecture/1 lab)

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2 cr
4 crs

Total Credits Required for this Major: 9 Credits

Estimated Costs for this Major

Approximate Tuition/Fees:$1,798
Minimum Tool Cost:$50
Estimated Total:$2,048


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Career Opportunities

  • Hospitals
  • Medical and diagnostic laboratories
  • Blood donation services
  • Outpatient care centers
  • Physician's offices

Career Information


Graduates of the Medical Laboratory Technician program will be able to:

Gain Knowledge:

  • Demonstrate comprehension of the technical and procedural aspects of laboratory tests.
  • Maintain an awareness of regulatory requirements, safety regulation and ethical standards of practice.
  • Correlate laboratory tests to disease processes.
  • Understand basic physiology, recognizing appropriate test selection and abnormal test results.

Develop Technical Skills:

  • Perform collection and processing of biological specimens for analysis.
  • Perform chemical, microbiologic, immunologic, hematologic, molecular and immunohematologic laboratory procedures that require limited independent judgment.
  • Use technology effectively.

Problem solve:

  • Recognize unexpected results and instrument malfunction and take appropriate action.
  • Gather, analyze, and use information to solve problems and support opinions
  • Prepare to take the examination administered by the Board of Certification under the direction of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).


  • Effectively read, write, speak and listen in formal English
  • Perform information processing.


  • Work directly with patients to provide vital information for their care
  • Students perform routine procedures in the classroom and in a clinical setting
  • Our instructors are committed to student success


Carol Cantlon
Carol Cantlon earned her Master of Science degree in 2005 from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and her Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology degree in 1979 from Viterbo University. She is a certified Medical Laboratory Scientist through the American Society for Clinical Pathologists (ASCP). She has worked many years in the healthcare setting as a bench technologist, microbiology supervisor and infection control practitioner. She is excited to teach future students the challenging field of clinical laboratory science.
Rebecca Lewellyn Beckmann
Rebecca Lewellyn Beckmann earned her Master of Science degree in 2012 from Rutgers University in Clinical Laboratory Science, a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Science from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1994, and an Associate degree in Medical Laboratory Technician in 2002 from Western Technical College. She is a certified Medical Laboratory Scientist through the American Society for Clinical Pathologists (ASCP). She has worked in the clinical laboratory setting and has acted as a generalist, a blood bank supervisor and a lead technologist in microbiology. Previous to her work in the clinical setting she spent time working in research laboratories.


Other Majors in the Medical Laboratory Technician program

Medical Laboratory Technician AAS

The MLT program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
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