Laboratory Education: Phlebotomy Technician Program
Ashley Zawacki, MS, MLS (ASCP)CM
Karen Nelson, MT (ASCP)
Download the Phlebotomy Application Form (PDF).
The Hennepin County Medical Center Phlebotomy Technician Program is a twelve-week clinical experience with coursework in medical terminology, quality assurance and legal concerns, safety and infection control, specimen processing, point-of-care testing, anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system, and venipuncture, arterial puncture, and skin puncture techniques. Students are also introduced to the healthcare environment, other healthcare professionals, and use of the electronic medical record. Lectures, laboratory demonstrations and experiences, and technical evaluation are utilized for the learning process. The academic portion of the program exceeds the required 40 clock hours.
After initial experience with artificial phlebotomy practice blocks, students receive individualized instruction as they learn and work with clinical instructors. The first few weeks are concentrated in the outpatient setting. During weeks five through twelve they spend at least four hours per day drawing in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. The inpatient experience includes intensive care units, burn unit, pediatrics and newborn units in a very busy Level I Trauma Center. The clinical experience is documented to exceed the required 100 clock hours and the required 100 successful unaided collections. There is also a focus on patient interactions and providing an excellent outcome and experience for our patients and their families.
This course is currently offered twice each year, once beginning in January and once beginning in September. The hours for the internship are 7AM until 3:30PM Monday through Friday for the first four weeks. Earlier shifts, starting between 4:00AM and 6:00AM for weeks five through twelve will be required to ensure appropriate experience. These shifts will be scheduled with each student. This course is not offered for either evening or part-time hours. There will not be class on the following major holidays if they occur during a course: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Day, and Christmas Day.
Upon completion of the program, graduates receive a certificate that is not contingent on passing a certification examination.
Students are then eligible to take the national certification examination of the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification. The pass rate for this exam for HCMC graduates in the last three years is 100%. Although job placement is not provided, in the last three years 100% of HCMC graduates have been employed following graduation.
The Hennepin County Medical Center Phlebotomy Technician Program is licensed as a private career school with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, sections 136A.821 to 136A.832. Licensure is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St Paul, MN 55108-5227
To qualify for entrance into HCMC’s Phlebotomy Technician Program, the following is required:
- High school graduation or equivalent; college courses and related healthcare experience are not required, but preferred (official transcripts required).
- No transfer credits are accepted. No credit will be granted for any previous training in phlebotomy or related instruction. The entire course must be completed with passing scores to receive a certificate of completion.
- Students with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (on their most recent transcript) will be considered first.
- Fluency in English (verbal and written).
- A completed application form. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open this document. The deadline for submitting applications for the course that starts in January is November 15th. The deadline for submitting applications for the course that starts in September is July 15th.
- At least two letters of recommendation from an academic instructor or employer, sent directly to the Program Director, or in a sealed envelope.
- A brief biographical sketch including a statement of interest in the program.
- Proof of immune status for the following is required if accepted into the program. It does not need to be provided with the application form:
- Rubeola (measles)
- Rubella (German measles)
- Varicella zoster (Chickenpox)
- Hepatitis B virus (highly recommended)
- Documentation of a negative Tuberculosis screening within six months before start of program, if accepted into the program. It does not need to be provided with the application form.
- A student must be able to satisfy the Technical Standards based on existing skills and abilities, or through use of corrective devices. A copy of the Technical Standards is included with the application form.
- At least 18 years of age or older.
- All application materials must be complete and received by the specified deadline.
All students who meet the requirements for admission and have successfully completed the application process will be considered for admission to the program.
Qualified applicants will be contacted by the Program Director for an interview appointment. The interviews will be conducted by the Program Director and one faculty member.
Individuals selected for admission to the program will be notified after completion of the selection process. All applicants will be notified of acceptance or rejection in writing.
Information for Applicants
The course runs Monday through Friday, 8 hours per day, for twelve weeks. The hours are 7:00AM to 3:30PM for the first four weeks, with days starting between 4:00AM and 6:00AM for weeks five through twelve. This course is not offered for either evening or part-time hours.
Expenses include tuition of $2000.00 and the purchase of a textbook for approximately $60.00. A minimum of $760.00 is due the first day of the course, another $700.00 is due by week four of the program, with the final $600.00 due by week eight. Failure to pay amounts due will be cause for termination of your program and forfeiture of all amounts previously paid. Financial Aid is not available through this program.
Students are strongly encouraged to take a national certification exam after completion of the program (but it is not a requirement for the program completion certificate).
Students are required to maintain a cumulative score of at least 70% on exams and evaluations.
A student may be placed on probation or dismissed for academic reasons or for violation of HCMC rules or policies. The program manual defines these policies, processes, and grievance procedures.
Access the full program policies. Please note these policies are updated every July.
A Background Study is required and will be performed on all students at HCMC. If the Background Study indicates that that the student is disqualified from having direct patient contact, the student will be dismissed from the program (as required by Minnesota state law).
Refund Policy/Buyer’s Right to Cancel
Each student will be notified of acceptance/rejection in writing. In the event a student is rejected, all tuition, fees and other charges will be refunded.
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, if a student gives written notice of cancellation within five business days of the execution of the contract or day on which the student is accepted, then a complete refund is given regardless of whether the program has started.
If a student gives a written notice of cancellation after five business days of the execution of the contract or day on which the student is accepted, but before the start of the program by the school, then all tuition, fees and other charges, except 15 percent of the total cost of the program (15 percent not to exceed $50.00) shall be refunded to the student.
If a student given written notice of cancellation after the start of the period of instruction for which the student has been charged, but before completion of 75 percent of the period of instruction, then student is assessed a pro rata portion of tuition, fees and all other charges based on the number of days in the term plus 25 percent of the total program cost (25 percent not to exceed $100.00.)
Any notice of cancellation shall be acknowledged in writing within 10 business days of receipt of such notice and all refunds shall be forwarded to the student within 30 business days of receipt of such notice.
This refund policy is not linked to any student conduct policy and any promissory instrument shall not be negotiated prior to the completion of 50 percent of the course.
Written notice of cancellation shall take place on the date the letter of cancellation is postmarked or, in the case where the notice is hand carried, it shall occur on the date the notice is delivered to the school. The date of execution of the enrollment agreement shall be presumed to be the date of delivery of the notice of acceptance: and if delivered by mail, the postmark date of the letter of acceptance.
If you do not withdraw in writing or contact the institution about your absence, and you have not attended your program for 21 consecutive days, you will be considered to have withdrawn from the school as of your last date of attendance.
You may be entitled to a refund of your equipment and supplies costs if you return your equipment and supplies within 10 days of withdrawing if your supplies are in a condition suitable for resale. If you do not return your equipment and supplies or the supplies are not in a condition suitable for resale, this cost will be deducted from your tuition, fee, and other charge refund that you may be eligible for.
The mission of the Phlebotomy Technician Program is to educate phlebotomy technician students such that they successfully complete the program and subsequently pass a certification exam. The program teaches students to be responsible for their learning, to work as a team, to be problem solvers, to develop critical thinking skills and communication skills. The program seeks and uses constructive criticism from current and past students and from laboratory staff to continually improve the content, teaching methods, case studies, and evaluation systems of our program. The program monitors the time and money spent teaching and conducts our program as efficiently as possible. The program provides our teaching staff with the tools they need, including continuing education opportunities, and creatively provides as much time as possible for teaching and preparation.
The Phlebotomy Technician Program will:
- Provide high-quality instruction that will produce a PBT who is competent in the theory and practice of phlebotomy.
- Provide the environment necessary to enable each student to develop and demonstrate professionalism and concern for the patient in the daily practice of phlebotomy.
- Provide a curriculum that will enable each student to:
- Acquire and develop competence in the technical skills and theory necessary for the performance of phlebotomy
- Participate in clinical experiences that will fulfill requirements in the following areas:
- Specimen collection and processing
- Point-of-Care testing
- Pass one or more national board certification examinations.
- Function effectively as a responsible PBT upon completion of the program.
- Provide instructors who are well qualified and motivated.
- Develop and use valid testing and evaluation mechanisms.
- Employ a variety of instructional methods and materials.