How to Become a Phlebotomist in Minnesota

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If you enjoy working in the healthcare industry, check out a new career as a phlebotomist.

But first, you will need to have some info regarding the steps you have to take.

So, read on to discover more information.

Phlebotomist Employment and Job Duties in Minnesota

In Minnesota, you will be able to find a job right after you finish training.

You can get hired in some of the following facilities:

  • Hospital and clinics
  • Blood banks
  • Labs
  • Nursing homes
  • Community Health Centers
  • Doctor’s Offices
  • Other Health Care Facilities

Your most important job duty will be to draw blood from the customers visiting the medical facility.

Some additional job responsibilities you will have to perform are:

  • Venipunctures
  • Choosing the correct vials
  • Correctly labeling samples
  • Organizing and sending off samples to the lab for testing
  • Communicating with patients
  • Following strict procedures

Because facilities are generally busy, you might have to stand for many hours at a time.

Many phlebotomists also work on the weekends or take night shifts.

Requirements to Become a Phlebotomist in Minnesota

While certification is not required in this state, having it will improve your chances of finding employment fast.

The Minnesota Department of Health and Social Services oversees the phlebotomists in this state.

There are a few steps you have to take before starting your career.

The first one is finding a suitable training program, which also means you have to pass a test.

For this, you first have to send in some paperwork and have the following skills:

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • Specialized training
  • Strong communication skills
  • Good listening skills
  • Pay attention to details

Some of these skills are required to explain procedures to patients or to try to calm them down when they show signs of stress.

To minimize the risk of accidents, you should ask the patient about any particular health issue.

Phlebotomist Training in Minnesota

The best way to get certification is by finding a reputable school that offers a training program for phlebotomists.

The training program that you go for should be accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory.

Some phlebotomy programs have a duration of only 3 weeks, but other programs can last up to 6 months.

After you pass the test, you will be issued and mailed your new certification.

You also need to have a clean record to get the national certification, which is the easiest to get.

You can read more about the below schools when searching for a training program.

19 Phlebotomy Schools in Minnesota

School NameAddress
Alexandria Technical College1601 Jefferson Street Alexandria, MN 56308
Century College3300 Century Avenue North White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Central Lakes College501 West College Drive • Brainerd, MN 56401
Dakota County Technical College1300 145th Street E., Rosemount, MN 55068-2999
Hennepin County Medical Center701 Park Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55415
Hennepin Technical College9000 Brooklyn Boulevard Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
Hennepin Technical College13100 College View Drive Eden Prairie, MN 55347
Lake Superior College2101 Trinity Rd. Duluth, MN 55811
Mayo Clinic200 First Street SW Rochester, MN 55905
Minnesota State College Southeast Technical 308 Pioneer Road Red Wing, MN 55066
Minnesota State College Southeast TechnicalP.O. Box 409 1250 Homer Road Winona, MN 55987
Minnesota State Community and Technical College1414 College Way Fergus Falls, MN 56537
Minnesota West Community and Technical College1314 North Hiawatha Ave Pipestone, MN 56164
Northland Community and Technical College2022 Central Avenue NE East Grand Forks, MN 56721
Northland Community and Technical College1101 Highway One East Thief River Falls, MN 56701
Phlebotomy Training Specialists3433 Broadway Street NE, Suite 198, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Ridgewater College 2101 15th Ave NW, Willmar, MN 56201
Saint Paul College60 East Plato Boulevard Saint Paul, MN 55107
South Central College1225 Third Street SW Fairbault, MN 55021

Each school has its own admission requirements, tuition, and classes.

The phlebotomy training will be split into two sections:

  • Theory classes
  • Practice classes

You will also take attend several classes related to:

  • Medical terms
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Safety procedures
  • The 40 most common lab tests

The tuition can also cover the costs for:

  • Exam fees
  • Uniform for the graduation

Some training programs also provide job placement options for students in need.

Phlebotomist Certification in Minnesota

The clinics, hospitals, and other facilities in Minnesota are requiring phlebotomists to be certified.

Some of the facilities that provide certification are:

  • American Medical Technologists
  • American Society for Clinical Pathology
  • American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians
  • National Phlebotomy Association

The National Phlebotomy Association has numerous courses that you join to develop more skills.

Remember that you still have to take the certification exam.

The exam is generally split into two different sections:

  • Practical
  • Written or oral

Certification will stay current for anything between 1 to 10 years.

How long it stays valid depends on the school that issued it.

In this state, you have to enroll in some additional courses and get more hours of education to get the certification renewed.

Phlebotomist Salary Information in Minnesota

In Minnesota, the phlebotomy sector is always growing.

So, more phlebotomist jobs are available each year.

The median salary for a phlebotomist in Minnesota is $36,104.

Your salary can be higher or lower based on a few other factors such as:

  • Experience
  • Demand and supply
  • Location

The following table below shows the median salaries in Minnesota’s largest areas.

Annual Salary Range:

Average Salary of Phlebotomists in Minnesota

City NameSalary
St. Paul$37,601
St. Cloud$33,496
Eden Prairie$37,537
* Salary information last updated 2024

Regional Salary

RegionEmployedAvg. Annual SalaryAvg. Hourly PayTop 10% Annual SalaryBottom 10% Annual Salary
Duluth, MN-WI100$37,840$18.19$47,490$29,050
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI700$41,950$20.17$48,600$33,660
* Salary information based on the May 2022 Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey for Phlebotomists, OCC 31-9097, BLS.
* Employment conditions in your area may vary.

Additional Information for Phlebotomists in Minnesota

While becoming a phlebotomist is a lucrative and stable career, there are more benefits to it.

Some of these include the following:

  • Few employees in the facility
  • A higher salary
  • Better job opportunities

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