Phlebotomy Training and Programs – Minnesota

Minnesota is a state filled with lakes of all sizes, so much so that it earned the nickname “Land of 10,000 Lakes.” It’s also a great place to get lost in the woods, or spend a day fishing! Aside from all of the outdoorsy Minnesotan activities, Minnesota is known for having an exceptional health care system; in fact, it’s home to the world-renown Mayo Clinic. In order to make this health care system work, it takes effort from all sorts of workers, which includes phlebotomists.

If you’ve done some thinking, and some of that has involves thoughts of working in phlebotomy, then you may enjoy reading this page. You’ll find a wide range of information here, from general details about the field to Minnesota-specific information. Additionally, there’s a list of schools at the bottom of these web page where you may find training classes.

A Basic Overview – Information About Phlebotomy Training

Helping students pick up the knowledge and skills required to be a capable phlebotomist is the chief purpose of phlebotomist training. This achievement is typically accomplished through various methods which may include teaching practical skills, basic medical knowledge, and helping students practice the skills they’ve learned. What’s taught specifically in one particular course though may be different from what’s being taught in a different course, and additionally, it may also vary among colleges and schools.

A number of practical phlebotomy skills might be taught in a course, such as basic blood drawing techniques and related things like CPR. Venipuncture, along with dermal puncture comprise the core skills within phlebotomy; using an AED and first aid may be taught depending on the course’s contents. Venipuncture is the insertion of a hollow needle into a vein; blood is then pulled through the needle into a device for collection (which could be a test tube or something else). Dermal (where the skin is pricked) puncture is the piercing of skin with a small needle in order to draw out a very small amount of blood. How to handle difficult draws may also be taught. Imagine the challenge faced in trying to obtain a blood sample from a patient who is elderly and has very fragile veins; this would be considered a difficult draw. Difficult draws may also include blood draws on patients who are mentally unstable. A number of topics might be taught. These might be things like anatomy, medical terms or phrases, some biology, and other information about the field of phlebotomy in general.

Practical experience with phlebotomy might be gained during a lab and potentially an externship (if one happens to be available). In the lab, phlebotomy students may practice some of their techniques, and this might be one other students, or even on a special educational mannequin. This practice will usually be overseen by an instructor to help students with their technique. If the course includes an externship, the students may be able to do some phlebotomy out in the field, in a medical setting (such as a doctor’s office, or hospital, etc).

Typical Minnesota Phlebotomist Job Duties

In Minnesota, phlebotomists primarily draw blood from patients using one of two techniques, venipuncture and dermal puncture. Depending upon where they work, they may have other job functions, as well. They may be required to prepare blood samples and transport them for testing, report patient data using a specialized computer system, provide education to patients regarding the procedure, apply first aid, check for accurate information on blood samples, and follow other workplace policies.

Minnesota Phlebotomy Certification Information & General Details

Minnesota does not have any certification requirements for phlebotomists. Phlebotomists are not required federally to be certified, either. However, national certification can be obtained through one of the numerous phlebotomy certification agencies. A number employers might require this type of certification prior to considering an applicant for employment as a phlebotomist. This may be done to verify a uniform level of competence and previous experience.

If have the desire to become certified on a national level for any reason, you might be able to obtain your certification through a local phlebotomy training course at a community college or somewhere similar. Not all courses provide certification through them, so you shouldn’t hesitate checking to be sure that the course you choose does provide this. If you decide to participate in a course that does not offer certification, it’s a sensible idea to ensure sure it meets the specific criteria set forth by certification organization or agency where you want to receive your certification prior to signing up for the course or class. Some certification agencies may also run or sponsor courses too. As an illustrative example, if you want to receive a phlebotomist certification from an organizations like the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT), again, it’s advisable to contact them prior to registration for a phlebotomy class to learn about whether or not the course in consideration meets their specific criteria, or if they can point you in the direction of other classes nearby that do meet their specifications.

There might also be a number of individual requirements which may include prerequisites such as having obtained a GED or successfully completing high school, or even having knowing CPR and being certified in it. Before applying for national phlebotomy certification, you might also be required by a certification organization to fulfill some other requirements which might involve:

  • Spending a specific amount of hours in a laboratory
  • Reaching a certain level of accumulated externship hours (if one is available through a course you choose)
  • Documenting a certain number blood draws
  • Passing a written test or exam

You might be able to forego some of the mandatory training or requirements if you have had prior experience drawing blood through a job you have held. For example, if you have, in a previous job or career, worked as a registered nurse, or EMT, or a in a similar field, you might qualify to participate in a fast-track-type certification program for those with previous experience. If you think you may qualify for something like this, reach out to one of the various certification agencies to see what options might be available.

Minnesota Schools and Colleges That May Offer Phlebotomist Training Courses

Hennepin Technical College
9000 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
(952) 995-1300

Century College
3300 Century Avenue North, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
(651) 779-3200

Inver Hills Community College
2500 80th Street East, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
(651) 450-3000

Anoka Ramsey Community College
11200 Mississippi Boulevard Northwest, Coon Rapids, MN 55433
(763) 433-1100

Dakota Country Technical College
1300 145th Street East, Rosemount, MN 55068
(651) 423-8000

The College of St. Catherine
2004 Randolph Ave, St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 690-6000

Mayo School of Health Sciences
Siebens Building, Fifth Floor, 200 First St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905
(507) 284-3678

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