M State's 16-credit certificate program in Phlebotomy trains phlebotomy technicians to draw blood from patients for various laboratory tests and procedures needed as part of patient diagnosis and treatment.

The program, offered on our Fergus Falls campus, provides training in bedside testing and in computer and communication skills. Students learn the skills needed for employment in an outpatient clinic or hospital setting. The one-semester program includes a five-week clinical experience in an affiliate health care facility.

Students in the program must have current immunizations and undergo a criminal background check.

Graduates are prepared for the phlebotomy Board of Certification exam.

Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program

Two-year Occupational Grant Pilot Program imageThis program is eligible for the Minnesota Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program. Participating students will have their tuition and fees paid after Federal Pell and Minnesota State grants have been applied to their accounts.

There is no separate application for this grant. Interested students apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or, for undocumented students, the Minnesota Dream Act Application. Funding is limited, so submit the FAFSA as early as possible since applicants will be ranked by their application date.

For more information on student eligibility, visit Learn More Pay Less, call 877.450.3322 or download the elgible program list.


Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Proper collection and processing of biologicalspecimens for analysis
  • Point of care (bedside) testing according to laboratory policies and procedures, including troubleshooting unexpected results and instrument malfunction
  • Safety and infection control standards in the collection and processing of biological specimens
  • Maintenance of accurate records for quality assurance and quality control
  • Ethical standards and professional communication with health care professionals, patients and the public


Why M State

  • An exceptional education value
  • Small class sizes
  • Personalized, hands-on instruction

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Phlebotomy Technician Certificate
Locations: Fergus Falls

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Meet the faculty

Teresa Beske
MLT/PBT Lab Assistant
Fergus Falls
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Phlebotomist regional wage

Phlebotomist regional wage
data source: Career Coach


Career opportunities

Graduates of M State's Pharmacy Technology program will have employment opportunities as Phlebotomists.

Description: Draw blood for tests, transfusions, donations, or research. May explain the procedure to patients and assist in the recovery of patients with adverse reactions.

Typical education level:Vocational Certificate

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Data source: Career Coach with current geographical area: up to 100 miles away from Fergus Falls

data source: Career Coach


Phlebotomist employment

412 Employed in your area

22 Estimated annual job openings

43 Approaching retirement age

The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. Phlebotomists in the 55-64 and the 65+ categories are 1-10 years away from retirement. When older workers retire, there will likely be a demand for new workers.

Age Group # of Workers % of Workers*
under 25 74 18%
25-34 143 35%
35-44 83 20%
45-54 69 17%
55-64 38 9%
65+ 5 1%

* Based on county-level occupational demographics

data source: Career Coach


Required Phlebotomy courses

  • Medical Terminology
  • Prin/Proc Phlebotomy
  • Clinical Phlebotomy

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Last modified: April 5th, 2016 at 10:16am