You say, “You’ll just feel a little pinch,” and they say, “Wow – you’re good! I hardly felt it.” No matter how many vials you take.
Phlebotomist
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Recent Graduates
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Job Placement
92% job placement within six months of graduation.
$40k
Annual Salary
Our recent graduates of this program reported an average starting salary of $39,960.
Phlebotomist/Specimen Processor
Program Number: 305132
Your Degree:
Technical Diploma
Area of Study:
Health Sciences
Delivery Method:
100% In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
3 Credits | Finish diploma in 1 semester
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$430.35 Tuition
$176.36 Materials/Supplemental Costs
$65.00 Other Costs
  • Program Overview

    The phlebotomy technician or specimen processor is a vital role in nearly every type of health care facility. Phlebotomists are trained to draw blood from a patient for clinical or medical testing, transfusions, donations or research.

    If you are people-oriented, have strong attention to detail and have good manual dexterity, Madison Area Technical College's phlebotomy training may be right for you.

    Program Details

    Students in the Phlebotomy Technician program attend part time.

    Phlebotomy Technician classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - Truax
    • Madison - South
    • Fort Atkinson
    • Portage
    • Reedsburg

    This progam consists of two courses. Both courses must be taken in the same semester.

    Expect to spend at least six hours per week beyond scheduled class time to study course material and complete assignments.

    Careers

    Earning your Specimen Processing/Phlebotomist technical diploma at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for valuable work as a:

    • Specimen Processing: processing patient specimens, performing waived laboratory tests on blood, urine, and body fluids to help in the diagnosis and treatment of disease and injury in a hospital or clinic laboratory.
    • Phlebotomist: Performing routine venipuncture and capillary on patients.

    With additional training and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:

    • Medical Laboratory Technician

    Resources

    Phlebotomist/Specimen Processor Manual (pdf)

  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2022-2023 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    COURSES
    10-513-110
    1 credit
    10-513-111
    2 credits
  • Admission

    To Enroll

    If the following registration requirements are met, you may register for both classes. No admission application is required.

    ALGEBRA

    Students must demonstrate algebra competency in one of the following ways:

    1. Test Scores: Minimum test score within the last two years at time of registration

    • ACT Math 20+
    • NexGen Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics 237+
    • ACCUPLACER (Elementary Algebra) 65+

    2. Courses: Madison College courses that satisfy this requirement are:

    • Elementary Algebra with Apps (10834110)
    • College Math (10804107)
    • Mathematical Reasoning (10804134)
    • Applied Math for Chemistry (77854756)

    ENGLISH AND READING

    Students must demonstrate English and Reading competency in one of the following ways:

    English competency – Students may demonstrate English competency in one of the following ways:

    1. Test Scores: Minimum test score within the last two years at time of registration

    • ACT English 17+
    • NexGen Writing 260+
    • ACCUPLACER Write 5+ and ACCUPLACER Sentence 86+

    2. Courses: Madison College courses that satisfy this requirement are:

    • Written Communication (10801195) or higher
    • English 1 (20801201) or higher
    • Intro to College Writing (10831103)

    Reading competency - Students may demonstrate Reading competency in one of the following ways:

    1. Test Scores: Minimum test score within the last two years at time of registration

    • ACT Reading 19+
    • NexGen Reading 261+
    • ACCUPLACER Reading 80+

    2. Courses: Madison College courses that satisfy this requirement are:

    • Written Communication (10801195) or higher
    • English 1 (20801201) or higher
    • College Reading Strategies (10808101) or Intro Reading & Study Skills (10838105)

    All courses for this program are offered only in person.

  • Career Outcomes

    Basic Lab Skills (10-513-110) is the first course in the two-course sequence of the Phlebotomy Training. Students must successfully complete Basic Lab Skills before beginning the second course in the program, Phlebotomy (10-513-111). Throughout the Phlebotomy Training, students acquire various skills that prepare them for entry-level phlebotomy positions. 

    A student who successfully completes the Basic Lab Skills course will be able to:

    1. Practice laboratory safety and regulatory compliance.
    2. Select appropriate personal protective equipment for the task.
    3. Properly contain and dispose of biohazardous waste.
    4. Demonstrate proper hand washing technique.
    5. Identify pre-analytical variables that affect results and take appropriate corrective action.
    6. Perform basic mathematical functions and conversions.
    7. Perform and monitor quality control for waived testing.
    8. Perform and report waived tests.
    9. Communicate with colleagues and patients in a professional manner.
    10. Model professional behavior, ethics and appearance.
    11. Work effectively as a team member recognizing the comprehensive impact this has on health care.

    A student who successfully completes the Phlebotomy course will be able to:

    1. Ensure patient safety through accurate patient identification and specimen labeling.
    2. Perform venipuncture using appropriately chosen equipment for pediatric, adult and geriatric patients.
    3. Perform capillary punctures.
    4. Discuss concerns for collecting arterial punctures to ensure patient safety.
    5. Practice laboratory safety and regulatory compliance.
    6. Select appropriate personal protective equipment for the task.
    7. Properly contain and dispose of biohazardous waste.
    8. Demonstrate proper hand washing technique
    9. Identify pre-analytical variables that affect results and take appropriate corrective action.
    10. Record specimen collection times in military hours.
    11. Perform and monitor quality control for waived testing.
    12. Perform and report waived tests.
    13. Communicate with colleagues and patients in a professional manner.
    14. Model professional behavior, ethics and appearance.
    15. Maintain patient confidentiality and follow HIPAA protocols.
    16. Work effectively as a team member recognizing the comprehensive impact this has on health care.
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of Program Graduates 42 40 51
      Number of Surveys Sent 42 38 51
      Number of Surveys Returned 37 11 40
      Percent of Surveys Returned 88.10% 28.90% 78.40%
      Available for Employment 15 10 17
      Percent Available for Employment 83.30% 90.90% 70.80%
      Not in Labor Market 22 1 23
      Percent Not in Labor Market 122.20% 9.10% 95.80%
      Available for Employment

      2019 2020 2021
      Graduates Employed 15 8 16
      Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 80.00% 94.10%
      Employed in Related Occupation 9 3 11
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation 60.00% 37.50% 68.80%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation 6 5 5
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 40.00% 62.50% 31.30%
      Employed - No Response 0 0 0
      Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      Seeking Employment 0 2 1
      Percent Seeking Employment 0.00% 20.00% 5.90%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      2019 2020 2021
      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.4 3.3 3.6
      Number of Satisfaction Responses 18 11 24
      Very Satisfied (4) 10 5 16
      Percent Very Satisfied 55.60% 45.50% 66.70%
      Satisfied (3) 7 5 7
      Percent Satisfied 38.90% 45.50% 29.20%
      Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 1
      Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 4.20%
      Very Unsatisfed (1) 1 1 0
      Percent Very Unsatisfied 5.60% 9.10% 0.00%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of Primary Reason Responses 37 11 40
      Preparation for Getting a Job 6 2 7
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 16.20% 18.20% 17.50%
      Career Change 7 5 8
      Percent Career Change 18.90% 45.50% 20.00%
      Improvement of Existing Skills 1 1 3
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 2.70% 9.10% 7.50%
      Preparation for Further Education 22 2 21
      Percent Preparation for Further Education 59.50% 18.20% 52.50%
      Personal Interest 1 1 1
      Percent Personal Interest 2.70% 9.10% 2.50%
      Other 0 0 0
      Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 15 7 16
      Before Enrollment 2 2 4
      Percent Before Enrollment 13.30% 28.60% 25.00%
      While Attending the College 4 1 3
      Percent While Attending the College 26.70% 14.30% 18.80%
      After Training at the College 9 4 9
      Percent After Training at the College 60.00% 57.10% 56.30%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      2019 2020 2021
      Number of Employment Location Responses 15 8 16
      In College District 13 6 7
      Percent In College District 86.70% 75.00% 43.80%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District 1 2 7
      Percent of In Wisconsin 6.70% 25.00% 43.80%
      Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 2
      Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 12.50%
      Employer Location Unknown 1 0 0
      Percent Location Unknown 6.70% 0.00% 0.00%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend 2019 2020 2021
      Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 5 0 8
      Average Monthly Wage $3,995 $3,330
      Average Hourly Wage $23.23 $19.36
      Average Work Hours per Week 40 50 39.6
      Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 4 1 1
      Average Hourly Wage $18.50 $15.50 $20.00
      Average Work Hours per Week 25 16 32
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2021
      Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
      Aurora Health Care Medical Laboratory Technician Milwaukee
      Aurora St Luke's Medical Center Lab Technician Milwaukee
      Divine Savior Healthcare Phlebotomist Portage
      Hennepin County DOCCR Drug Lab Medical Laboratory Technician Minneapolis MN
      Marshfield Medical Center Beaver Dam Medical Laboratory Technician Beaver Dam
      Northwestern Medicine Phlebotomist Chicago IL
      Sauk Prairie Health Care Specimen Processor/Phlebotomist Prairie du Sac
      SSM Health Laboratory Assistant 2
      SSM Health Medical Laboratory Technician
      UW Health Hospitals & Clinics Certified Nursing Assistant
      UW Health Hospitals & Clinics Medical Laboratory Technician

      * - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

      *** - If you have a position to post, please contact Career and Employment Services at jobpostings@madisoncollege.edu

Contact the School of Health Sciences

Madison Truax Campus
Health Building, 103

1705 Hoffman Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53704

healthsciences@madisoncollege.edu
608.616.1250

Hours

  • Monday – Thursday: 8 am - 4 pm
  • Friday: 8 am - 12 pm (Help by phone or email)