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Phlebotomy (2017-2018)

Technical Diploma
School of Health Sciences / Health Sciences Career Cluster

Downtown Milwaukee Campus
Program Code: 30-513-1

For Information: 414-297-6263
Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 414-297-MATC

Overview — Phlebotomists perform functions such as blood drawing, specimen processing, lab procedures and clerical duties.

This program emphasizes theory and practical skills of phlebotomy. Students acquire hands-on experience during on-campus laboratory sessions and also at local healthcare facilities.

As a graduate, you are eligible for national certifying examinations.

The program is granted approval status by the
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018; 312-714-8880.


Student Outcomes (3-year average, 2013-2016):
Graduation Rate: 95% final half of program (110 students)
Certification Exam Pass Rate: 100% (6 students, exam not required for employment)

Career Pathway — You can earn the Healthcare Customer Service certificate on the way to completing this program. After earning the Phlebotomy technical diploma, your credits can be applied toward completing the Healthcare Services Management associate degree. Contact an MATC advisor for information.

Career Outlook — The demand for phlebotomists continues to grow, and their role in health care will continue to expand. The career ladder has additional job opportunities in other health-related areas, including laboratory assistant and medical laboratory technology. For additional career information, visit

View gainful employment data about this program


Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Collect, transport, handle and process blood specimens for analysis
  • Recognize the importance of specimen collection in the overall patient care system
  • Relate the anatomy and physiology of body systems and anatomic terminology to the major areas of the clinical laboratory, and to general pathologic conditions associated with body systems
  • Identify and select equipment, supplies and additives used in blood collection
  • Recognize factors that affect specimen collection procedures and test results, and take appropriate actions within predetermined limits, when applicable
  • Recognize and adhere to infection control and safety policies and procedures
  • Monitor quality control within predetermined limits
  • Recognize the various components of the healthcare delivery system
  • Recognize the responsibilities of other laboratory and healthcare personnel and interact with them with respect for their jobs and patient care
  • Demonstrate professional conduct, stress management, interpersonal and communication skills with patients, peers and other healthcare personnel
  • Demonstrate an understanding of requisitioning and the legal implications of the work environment
  • Apply basic principles in learning new techniques and procedures
  • Recognize and act upon individual needs for continuing education as a function of growth and maintenance of professional competence
  • Upon graduation and initial employment, the phlebotomist will be able to demonstrate entry-level competencies in the above areas of professional practice. Refer to the NAACLS Phlebotomist Competencies.

Admission Requirements  — This program admits students through a petition selection process. 
Learn more about the petition process


Possible Careers
Laboratory Assistant

Related Programs
Healthcare Customer Service
Healthcare Services Management 
Medical Laboratory Technician
Health Unit Coordinator


Start Dates: August/January

Curriculum effective 2017-18. 

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements. 

( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students.






(1)  CLABT-110

Basic Lab Skills (6 weeks) 




(1)  CLABT-111

Phlebotomy (6 weeks) 




(1)  ENG-151

Communication Skills 1 *


    (or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡  


(1)  HEALTH-101

Medical Terminology * ^


  (1)  HEALTH-107 Digital Literacy for Healthcare * ^


  (1)  MLABT-161 Computer Applications for the Medical Laboratory ‡




(1)  MLABT-166

Phlebotomy Clinical Experiences ‡




(1)  HEALTH-104

Culture of Healthcare ^






‡ Prerequisite required.

* May be taken prior to entering the program.

Note: CLABT-110,  CLABT-111 and MLABT-161 are co-requisites. Students need to have the knowledge base of CLABT-110 and CLABT-111 to take MLABT-161.

^ Counts toward earning the Healthcare Customer Service certificate. Contact a program advisor for details.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

For class times and locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.


Page updated April 2017.