Photo of Mayo Clinic phlebotomist drawing blood from child

The Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Phlebotomy Technician Certificate Program curriculum is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for careers working in an outpatient clinic setting or an inpatient hospital setting.

The program provides high-quality didactic and clinical experiences, which include exposure to a large, diverse patient population to create a well-rounded, fully competent phlebotomy technician.

Students learn medical terminology, anatomy and physiology (as applicable to phlebotomy), customer service skills, safety procedures, capillary collections, arterial and venous collections for blood gas testing, a high-level overview of laboratory processing, computer skills, and more.

During the 10-week program, students are required to perform approximately 100 successful phlebotomy collections within the outpatient setting prior to advancing to the inpatient setting. Students then continue with venous collections, though they are also exposed to arterial punctures, collecting specimens from arterial lines and assisting nurses with central line collections. Students must complete approximately 160 total clinical training hours.

Students also work with other health care professionals in both the outpatient and inpatient environments to gain knowledge in the role of being involved in a patient's total care experience. Professional and ethical conduct is expected of students at all times.

Knowledge and experience is achieved through the use of textbooks, online learning, labs and clinicals.

Certification opportunities

Students will be eligible to take a national certifying examination for phlebotomy technicians immediately upon completion of the program.

Certification is a process by which nongovernmental agencies or associations grant recognition of competence to individuals who have met certain predetermined qualifications. Certification provides professional credentialing for phlebotomists.

The course is designed to prepare students for certification from one or more of these organizations:

Grading or evaluation

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences uses these evaluative tools:

  • Examinations and worksheets
  • Hands-on demonstration of skills
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Faculty reviews

Mayo's system of evaluation provides students and faculty with a comprehensive look at individual performance. Because programs are small, faculty members are partners in learning with students and closely monitor their progress. Assistance is provided whenever necessary to keep all students on track with the program's learning goals and outcomes.

Curriculum enhancements

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the best education programs. The curriculum and other aspects of this program are assessed constantly and changed as necessary to ensure the highest quality training.

A copy of the Phlebotomy Technician Teach-Out Plan and Clinical Work policy are available upon request.

April 08, 2017