16-credit Technical Diploma
A phlebotomy technician’s primary responsibility is drawing blood and conducting other specimen collections. 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. In the Phlebotomy Technician program, learn to draw blood from a patient for laboratory analysis, understand lab test requirements and maintain specimen quality.
- Prepare for jobs such as donor specialist, medical laboratory technician, phlebotomist or phlebotomy technician.
- Incoming students may earn credit for prior learning for specific high school health or medical courses.
- Upon program completion, be prepared to take the Phlebotomy certification exam.
- Because of prerequisites, the Phlebotomy Technician program requires a minimum of two semesters to complete.
- Review gainful employment information.
- Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
- Salary Range: $25,000-$32,000
- Average Salary: $27,642
- Median Salary: $26,311
- Average Entry-Level Salary: $26,931
- Average Hourly Wage: $13.75
- Three-year Average Salary: $26,436
|Course Num||Course Name||Credits|
|501-107||Intro to Healthcare Computing||2|
|509-309||Medical Law, Ethics & Profess||2||*|
|513-160||Introduction to Phlebotomy||3||*|
|801-316||Commun in Health Occup||3||+|
Total Semester Credits
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)
View course descriptions of all required courses
View course descriptions of all required courses
501-107 Intro to Healthcare Computing
Become familiar with the basic computer applications used in healthcare settings, including common software packages, operating systems, file management, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, the Internet and e-mail. Study the hardware and software components of computer systems and electronic medical records. Learn how to perform research in healthcare journals. Explore career resources and create a professional resume.
509-309 Medical Law, Ethics & Profess
Explore the concept of professionalism, and learn how to perform within ethical and legal boundaries in the healthcare setting. Practice maintaining confidentiality, examine legal aspects of medical records, perform risk management procedures, and examine legal and bioethical issues.
Prerequisites: 501-101 Medical Terminology or 501-150 Exploring Medical Language 1 and 501-151 Exploring Medical Language 2 (or concurrent)
Build on previously learned skills while continuing to master specimen collection and the preservation of specimens from various sources. Solidify skills in specimen processing while incorporating a personal concept of professionalism.
Prerequisites: 513-160 Introduction to Phlebotomy and 513-161 Pediatric Phlebotomy (or concurrent)
513-160 Introduction to Phlebotomy
Study basic phlebotomy concepts such as skin punctures, venipunctures, arterial punctures and bleeding times. Master the collection of specimen, preservation of specimens from various sources and specimen processing. Incorporate a personal concept of professionalism.
Prerequisites: 501-101 Medical Terminology (or concurrent) or 501-150 Exploring Medical Language 1 and 501-151 Exploring Medical Language 2 (or concurrent); and 501-107 Intro to Healthcare Computing (or concurrent) and 509-309 Medical Law, Ethics & Profess (or concurrent); and COMPASS-Reading Skills or ASSET-Reading Skills or Accuplacer Reading Comprehensi or ACT-Reading or TABE Advanced Reading or COMPASS/ESL - Reading or College Proficiency - Reading or 838-105 Intro Reading & Study Skills (or concurrent); and COMPASS-Writing Skills or ASSET-Writing Skills or Accuplacer Sentence Skills or ACT-English or TABE Advanced Language or COMPASS/ESL - Grammar or College Proficiency - Writing or Completed Intro College Wrtg or 831-103 Intro to College Writing or 801-195 Written Communication
513-161 Pediatric Phlebotomy
Become familiar with various pediatric blood collection procedures and equipment. Use hands-on, simulated classroom exercises and observe practices in a clinical setting.
Prerequisites: 513-111 Phlebotomy (or concurrent)
501-101 Medical Terminology
Develop an understanding of medical terminology by breaking related words into prefixes, root words, and suffixes. Practice the formation, analysis, and reconstruction of terms, and learn correct spellings, definitions and pronunciations. Become familiar with the operative, diagnostic, therapeutic and symptomatic terminology of all body systems, and systemic and surgical terminology.
Prerequisites: COMPASS-Reading Skills or ASSET-Reading Skills or Accuplacer Reading Comprehensi or ACT-Reading or TABE Advanced Reading or COMPASS/ESL - Reading or College Proficiency - Reading or 838-105 Intro Reading & Study Skills Approved Substitutes: 501-150 Exploring Medical Language 1; and 501-151 Exploring Medical Language 2
801-316 Commun in Health Occup
Explore the communication skills that are essential to a health occupations practitioner. Discuss and practice listening, asserting, conveying information accurately, avoiding breakdowns, and resolving conflicts. Complete this interactive learning experience with a unit on grammar, punctuation, e-mail use, and telephone skills.
Credit Transfer Opportunities
WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.
High School Transfer Opportunities
WCTC Credits Awarded
|501-101 Medical Terminology||3|
|501-107 Intro to Healthcare Computing||2|
|501-150 Exploring Medical Language 1||2|
|501-151 Exploring Medical Language 2||2|
Four Year College Transfer Opportunities
There are currently no college credit agreements for Phlebotomy Technician. For more information, contact your academic advisor.
UW-System Credit Transfer
If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.
Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.
Meet your Instructors
- BS -- Medical Technology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- Continuing education -- University of Wisconsin-Stout
- American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)
"Supporting student-centered education, I would like to inspire students to be excited about lifelong learning, and to obtain the technical, practical, and soft skills needed to be successful when they leave WCTC."