Phlebotomy Certificate

Program Code: 905131

The Phlebotomy Certificate teaches blood-collecting techniques that include venipuncture, and skin punctures to provide samples necessary for lab analysis. Students also learn techniques and procedures needed to assist with various lab procedures, including specimen processing. The phlebotomist must recognize any conditions that might alter collections, correlate types of lab tests to the written diagnosis, and communicate with both the laboratory and the patients to provide the best care possible and assure specimen integrity.


Certificate Completers will be able to

• Collect blood samples by venous and capillary techniques.
• Use methods that comply with OSHA Needlestick Safety Standards.
• Process and prepare specimens for testing.
• Take a national exam to become a certified Phlebotomy Technician.

Completers will be able to apply credits toward the following programs:

• 315091, Medical Assistant
• 105131, Medical Laboratory Technician


Requirements for Certificate Entry:

• High School Diploma or equivalent.
• As a requirement for certificate entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Accuplacer benchmarks are Reading Comprehension, 75; Arithmetic, 65; Sentence Skills, 84. ACT benchmarks are Math, 15; Reading, 20; English, 20. Remediation options are available to reach scores. Equivalent assessment scores are acceptable. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores please contact a Counselor, (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982 ext. 5444.

Catalog No. Description
Medical Terminology
10-501-101 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY ...focuses on the component parts of medical terms: prefixes, suffixes, and root words. Students practice formation, analysis and reconstruction of terms. Emphasis on spelling, definition and pronunciation. Introduction to operative, diagnostic, therapeutic and symptomatic terminology of all body systems, as well as systemic and surgical terminology. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
Digital Literacy for Healthcar
10-501-107 DIGITAL LITERACY FOR HEALTHCARE...the course will explore the use of the electronic health record, the role of social media in health care communication, the uses of wearable technologies that monitor activity and heart rate, the use of data to manage population health and the impact of new developments on the healthcare workforce. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
Basic Lab Skills
10-513-110 BASIC LAB SKILLS ...explores health career options and the fundamental principles and procedures performed in the clinical laboratory. Learners will utilize basic laboratory equipment. Learners will follow required safety and infection control procedures and perform simple laboratory tests. (Prerequisite: 10-513-111, Phlebotomy; Accepted into Medical Laboratory Technician program or Phlebotomy certificate) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-513-111 PHLEBOTOMY ...this course provides opportunities for learners to perform routine venipuncture, routine capillary puncture and special collection procedures. (Corequisite: 10-513-110, Basic Lab Skills) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
Phlebotomy Clinical
10-513-155 PHLEBOTOMY CLINICAL...blood specimen collection and processing in clinical setting. It prepares the learner to take national phlebotomy certification examinations. (Prerequisites: 10-501-101, Medical Terminology; 10-513-110, Basic Lab Skills; 10-513-111, Phlebotomy; 31-509-309, Medical Law, Ethics & Professionalism; 31-801-386, Communicating Effectively; 10-501-107, Intro to Healthcare Computing)
Medical Law, Ethics & Profess
31-509-309 MEDICAL LAW ETHICS & PROFESSIONALISM...prepares students to display professionalism and perform within ethical and legal boundaries in the health care setting. Students maintain confidentiality, examine legal aspects of ambulatory healthcare, perform quality improvement procedures, examine legal and bioethical issues, and demonstrate awareness of diversity. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
Communicating Effectively
31-801-386 COMMUNICATING EFFECTIVELY...interpersonal communication, including the function of interpersonal communication, listening techniques, perception, non-verbal communication, language, self-concept, conflict resolution and customer service. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
Certificate Total
Curriculum Note
. Students must earn a "C" or higher in the following courses: Medical Terminology, Medical Law, Ethics & Professionalism, Basic Lab Skills, Phlebotomy, and Phlebotomy Clinical. A student may repeat that particular course to achieve a “C” or better final grade in order to continue in or complete this certificate.

Board/Certification Examinations

• Certificate completers are eligible to take the Phlebotomy Technician certification examination through the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).


Clinical Experience

• Students will be required to purchase a uniform, provide their own transportation to assigned sites, and cover any other expenses related to clinical experiences. Students may be required to travel distances.
• Students are required to complete an American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR course prior to clinical experiences. Students are required to maintain a current CPR card on a one-year renewal cycle to comply with affiliating agency requirements.
• Students are required to submit immunization documentation. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the certificate.
• Students must complete a caregiver background check. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the certificate.
• Students are required to attend a clinical orientation prior to initiating the clinical experience.
• Student must take Phlebotomy Clinical within one year of completing Basic Lab Skills and Phlebotomy.
• Students will be required to show proof of an annual flu vaccine.
• Students submitting the Petition to Clinical must have completed or be enrolled in all clinical pre-requisite course work.
• Students wishing to complete Phlebotomy Clinical in the summer semester must submit a petition to the Health Sciences Department by March 30th.
• Students wishing to complete Phlebotomy Clinical in the fall semester must submit a petition to the Health Sciences Department by April 30th.
• Students wishing to complete Phlebotomy Clinical in the spring semester must submit a petition to the Health Sciences Department by October 31st.


A maximum of 16 students will be accepted to the Certificate in each Spring and Fall semester.


• The following courses will transfer into the Medical Laboratory Technician Associate Degree Program:
10-513-110, Basic Lab Skills
10-513-111, Phlebotomy
10-501-101, Medical Terminology
• The following courses will transfer into the Medical Assistant Technical Diploma Program:
10-501-107, Intro to Healthcare Computing
10-501-101, Medical Terminology
31-509-309, Medical Law Ethics/Professionalism
31-801-186, Communicating Effectively
• 10-513-150, Phlebotomy for Healthcare Personnel may be taken in place of 10-513-111, Phlebotomy.
• Students interested in transitioning into the Medical Laboratory Technician program should complete Oral/Interpersonal Communication in place of Communicating Effectively.

Wisconsin Caregiver Law

NWTC is required to comply with the Wisconsin Caregiver Law (1997 WISCONSIN ACT 27). The completion of a caregiver background check includes the review of criminal records for convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behavior. Students accepted into this program must complete a background check through Information regarding this process is provided to students immediately upon acceptance into the program. Students with a criminal history may be denied access to placement at the discretion of the clinical or practicum site. Consequently, should a student have a history of convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behaviors, NWTC cannot guarantee clinical/practicum placement or guarantee graduation within typical program timing.