Undergrad Catalog

Phlebotomy Program (PHL)

Program Option: Certificate

Your St. Kate's certificate will give you the best possible professional preparation for a satisfying, rewarding and successful career in phlebotomy. St. Kate's specializes in educating healthcare professionals - we've been leading the way since 1905. St. Kate's has an outstanding reputation in the healthcare community as the metro area's leading healthcare educator.

Phlebotomists are healthcare workers who obtain and prepare quality blood samples for clinical laboratory testing. This testing provides physicians with valuable information about a patient's health status.

As a St. Kate's phlebotomy student, you will earn a phlebotomy certificate in just one semester by completing our three-course competency-based program. You will learn through a combination of classroom instruction, hands-on experience with student lab partners and clinical experience in a medical facility, where you'll acquire the interpersonal and technical skills you need to succeed. You'll study the proper technique for sample collection and processing, as well as basic anatomy and physiology, medical terminology and the study of disease processes. And, you'll review and discuss proper communication techniques, phlebotomist-client and co-worker relationships and medical and legal ethics.

The Minnesota Department of Human Services requires all students going into a clinical setting to undergo a criminal background check. Background checks are done within the first two weeks of class, and the University provides all forms with no cost to you. There may be conditions related to a person's past history that may preclude clinical practice.

Upon completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate and will be qualified to work as a phlebotomist in healthcare settings. Phlebotomists have ample job opportunities in hospitals, clinics, laboratories, home healthcare and blood-donor agencies. Many of St. Kate's phlebotomy students find a job even before they graduate.

Upon graduation, you may become a phlebotomy technician (PBT) by passing the American Society for Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) certification examination.

St. Catherine University's Phlebotomy program is approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) located at 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, (773) 714-8880.  The program has been approved by NAACLS since 1987 - one of the first programs to hold this prestigious approval.

Major Requirements:

PHL 1020 Phlebotomy Clinical
PHL 1050 Phlebotomy
HIMP 1020 Medical Terminology