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Phlebotomy Certificate

Basket with supplies for drawing blood

The Phlebotomy Certificate prepares students to enter the health care field as phlebotomists. Phlebotomists work in a variety of settings including clinical laboratories, hospitals and community health centers, where they collect blood for donation and analysis. This role is critical in health care as the blood tests are used to diagnose illness, evaluate effectiveness of medications and determine whether a patient is receiving proper nutrition.

The certificate is a mix of online courses, an on-campus lab and clinical experiences in health care settings. The online courses will give you the knowledge needed to be a phlebotomist. A laboratory course on the main SDSU campus in Brookings will provide the hands-on experience needed before applying your patient care knowledge and skill in clinical settings such as hospitals and clinics. Following completion of the certificate, the student would be eligible for certification through the American Society for Clinical Pathology.


Course NumberCourse NameCredits
MLS 201Understanding Medical Laboratory Science2
MLS 412Laboratory Methods3
MLS 412LLaboratory Methods Lab1
MLS 489Phlebotomy Clinical Experience1
MLS 487Elective Clinical Experience2

Please contact Stacie Lansink, MLS Program Director, if interested in the phlebotomy certificate and before registering for the phlebotomy courses.

Program Director