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​The Phlebotomy Technician certificate program will prepare students for an entrylevel career in healthcare and will provide foundational and transferrable skills for students who wish to continue their education in medical laboratory, nursing, radiology and others. Accreditation through NAACLS will be sought. 



2021 - 2022

  • Curriculum

    Program Courses
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Course Subject: COMM         Course Number:1110
    Course Title:Principles of Interpersonal Communication      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This introductory course looks at communication in one-to-one relationships in friendships, families, the workplace, and elsewhere. Students will be challenged to discover and assess their own communication strengths and weaknesses as they define and discuss what it means to be a competent interpersonal communicator. Course content includes both theory and practice (skill development).
    Principles of Interpersonal Communication andView-COMM 1110n/a3
    Course Subject: ALTH         Course Number:1020
    Course Title:Phlebotomy Technology      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description:In this course, you will learn about the role of the phlebotomist in healthcare and learn the skills necessary to obtain a job as phlebotomist. You will learn about the healthcare setting including basic medical terminology and human anatomy as it applies to the phlebotomist role. You will learn about and practice infection control and safety, healthcare ethics, blood collection procedures, special collection procedures, specimen processing, point-of-care testing, and quality assurance. This course will prepare you to perform the duties of a phlebotomist in a hospital and/or clinic setting.
    Phlebotomy Technology andView-ALTH 1020n/a4
    Course Subject: ALTH         Course Number:1025
    Course Title:Phlebotomy Practicum      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:2

    Course Description:In this course, you will apply the phlebotomy skills learned to the healthcare setting. You will be in a hospital or clinic setting and will perform the tasks of a phlebotomist including blood draws, special collections, and specimen processing as well as interact with patients and members of the healthcare team.
    Phlebotomy PracticumView-ALTH 1025n/a2
                                   Total Credits Required9

  • Program Outcomes

    ​Program Outcomes including Essential Learning Outcomes 

    1. Demonstrate knowledge of health care delivery system and medical terminology 

    2. Demonstrate knowledge of infection control and safety 

    3. Demonstrate basic understanding of the anatomy and physiology of body systems and anatomic terminology in order to relate major areas of clinical laboratory to general pathologic conditions associated with the body systems 

    4. Demonstrate basic understanding of age specific or psycho-social considerations involved in the performance of phlebotomy procedures on various age groups of patients 

    5. Demonstrate understanding of the importance of specimen collection and specimen integrity in the delivery of patient care 

    6. Demonstrate knowledge of collection equipment, various types of additives used, special precautions necessary and substances that can interfere in clinical analysis of blood constituents 

    7. Follow standard operating procedures to collect specimens via venipuncture and capillary (dermal) puncture 

    8. Demonstrate understanding of requisitioning, specimen transport, and specimen processing 

    9. Demonstrate understanding of quality assurance and quality control in phlebotomy 

    10. Communicate (verbally and nonverbally) effectively and appropriately in the workplace

  • Career Opportunities

    ​​Information on careers, including salary and employment outlook data, is available on the iseek and Bureau of Labor Statistics websites: and

  • Transfer Information

    ​If you are planning on transferring to another institution, follow the guidelines available on our transfer resources web page to help you plan the process: Transfer Information

  • Degree Information

    Certificates may be earned for successful completion of courses in a specialized program of study with a minimum grade point average of 2.00 (C). A certificate shall include 9 to 30 semester credits. At least onethird of the total credits required for each certificate must be completed at North Hennepin Community College.


    Developmental Courses Some students may need preparatory course(s) in Math and/or English. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward a degree.

    Equal Opportunity Employer and Disability Access Information North Hennepin Community College is a member of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and an equal opportunity employer and educator. This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 7634930555 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 18006273529.

  • Accreditation

    North Hennepin Community College is accredited by the:
    Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
    30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
    Chicago, IL 60602-2504