A student using a simulator arm to draw blood


Phlebotomy is a wonderful way to put a healthcare career on the fast track. In just four months, you can earn a certificate that prepares you for many medical lab positions.

 “We prefer to hire phlebotomists from St. Catherine. They are the best prepared both academically and technically.” — Karen A. Nelson, client services supervisor, HCMC Clinical Laboratories

In St. Kate’s program you’ll learn techniques for safely collecting blood samples and preparing them for clinical laboratory testing. Many nursing or lab science students continue their education while working in the field of phlebotomy. Others who earn phlebotomy certificates choose phlebotomy as their career.

The test results a physician receives from the laboratory are only as good as the sample that the phlebotomist drew on the patient. A competent, professional phlebotomist makes a difference when diagnosing a patient and choosing the best treatment.

What you’ll learn

  • In the first nine weeks of the program you’ll spend weekdays in St. Kate’s lab, learning to draw blood (“venipunctures”) on a simulator arm.
  • After you’ve been successful on the simulator arm, you’ll perform venipunctures on fellow students in a controlled setting.
  • In the final six weeks of the program, you’ll accumulate 120 hours of on-site clinical experience.
  • The curriculum stresses teaching you how medical laboratories are organized, basic anatomy, physiology, disease processes, and skills for communicating with patients and other members of the healthcare team.
  • You’ll learn medical and legal ethics as applied to the field.


After graduating from the program, you may become a Phlebotomy Technician (PBT) by passing the American Society for Clinical Pathologists certification Exam.