The laboratory programs at Hennepin Healthcare are conducted under the guidelines of the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS, 5600 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018; phone 773-714-8880). NAACLS is an international agency for accreditation and approval of educational programs in the medical laboratory sciences and related health professions.
Our Laboratory Programs
The Medical Laboratory Science program accepts students from MLS programs at five university affiliates. The program received a ten-year NAACLS re-accreditation via an on-site inspection in 2017. Programs must meet or exceed benchmarks related to outcomes for students in order to receive accreditation by the NAACLS. Our program far exceeds the national standards in those areas. Outcome measures for the 23 HCMC MLS program students over the past 3 years are as follows:
HCMC MLS Program
HCMC Medical Laboratory Science program measures exceed the national benchmarks established by NAACLS of 70% for Graduation and Placement rates and 75% for the Board of Certification exam pass rates.
*Graduation rate: 100%
Board of Certification Exam Pass Rate within 1 year of graduation: 96%
Rate of Job Placement or continued education within 1 year of graduation: 100%
*Graduation rates are defined by NAACLS as graduation by students who began and completed the second half of the program
The Phlebotomy Technician Program accepts students for a 12-week certificate program including both lecture and practical training. The program is licensed by the State of Minnesota Office of Higher Education and maintains NAACLS approval which was renewed in 2017 for an additional five years. Student outcome measures meeting or exceeding national benchmark standards are required for continued NAACLS approval. Our program far exceeds the national standards in those areas. Outcome measures for the 9 HCMC Phlebotomy Technician program students over the past 3 years are as follows:
HCMC Phlebotomy Technician Program
HCMC Phlebotomy Technician program measures exceed the national benchmarks established by NAACLS of 70% for Graduation and Placement rates and 75% for the Board of Certification exam pass rates.
*Graduation rate: 89%
Board of Certification Exam Pass Rate within 1 year of graduation: 100%
Placement rate: 100%
*Graduation rates are defined by NAACLS as graduation by students who began and completed the second half of the program
Medical Laboratory Scientist Program
Medical Technologist, Clinical Laboratory Scientist
Download the Medical Laboratory Scientist Application Form.
Lynn Poth, MS, MT (ASCP)
MLS Program Director
The Medical Laboratory Science Program is a nine-month clinical internship with intensive study in chemistry (including toxicology and instrumentation), coagulation, hematology, immunohematology (blood bank), immunology, microbiology (including parasitology, mycology, mycobacteriology, and virology), urinalysis, management, and education. Each area includes practical laboratory experiences, lectures and/or workshops, self-instruction learning modules, patient case studies, and exams.
Students receive individualized instruction as they learn and work with teaching technologists in the laboratory. Students perform tests on patient blood and body fluid specimens and, under supervision, report results. General hours for the internship are 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. One to two weeks of evening-shift experience, from 3 p.m. -11 p.m., is required. Clinical enrollment is limited to a maximum of 8 students per year. An academic calendar is available upon request.
Upon completion of the program, graduates receive a certificate that is not contingent on passing a certification examination. Graduates are then eligible to take the national certification examination of the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Certification. The pass rate for this exam over the last three years has been 100%.
Affiliated University Programs for Medical Technology
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Mankato, MN 56001
Program Director: Lois Anderson, M.A., MT (ASCP)
St. Cloud State University
St. Cloud, MN 56301
Program Director: Louise Millis MS, MLS(ASCP)CM
University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse
La Crosse, WI 54601
Program Director: Michael A. Lazzari, DHEd, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM
Winona State University
Winona, MN 55987
Program Director: Lisa Jordan, MS, MT(ASCP)SMcm
Michigan Technological University
Houghton, MI 49931
Program Director: Karyn A. Fay MS MT(ASCP)SH
Download the Phlebotomy Application Form (PDF).
The Phlebotomy Technician Program is a twelve-week clinical experience in medical terminology, quality assurance and legal concerns, safety and infection control, specimen processing, point-of-care testing, anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system, and venipuncture, arterial puncture, and skin puncture techniques. Students are also introduced to the healthcare environment, other healthcare professionals, and the use of electronic medical records. Lectures, laboratory demonstrations, and technical evaluation are utilized for the learning process. The academic portion of the program exceeds the required 40 hours.
After initial experience with artificial phlebotomy practice blocks, students receive individualized instruction as they learn and work with clinical instructors. The first few weeks are concentrated in the outpatient setting. During weeks five through twelve, they spend at least four hours per day drawing in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. The inpatient experience includes intensive care units, burn unit, pediatrics and newborn units in a very busy Level I Trauma Center. The clinical experience is documented to exceed the required 100 hours and the required 100 successful unaided collections. There is also a focus on patient interactions and providing an excellent outcome and experience for our patients and their families.
This course is currently offered twice each year, once beginning in January and once beginning in September. The hours for the internship are 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for the first four weeks. Earlier shifts, starting between 4:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. for weeks five through twelve will be required to ensure appropriate experience. These shifts will be scheduled with each student. This course is not offered for either evening or part-time hours. There will not be a class on the following major holidays if they occur during a course: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Day, and Christmas Day.
Upon completion of the program, graduates receive a certificate that is not contingent on passing a certification examination.
Students are then eligible to take the national certification examination of the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification. The pass rate for this exam for Hennepin Healthcare graduates in the last three years is 100%. Although job placement is not provided, in the last three years 100% of HCMC graduates have been employed following graduation.
The Hennepin Healthcare Phlebotomy Technician Program is licensed as a private career school with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, sections 136A.821 to 136A.832. Licensure is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St Paul, MN 55108-5227
Medical Laboratory Scientist
To qualify for entrance into HCMC's Medical Laboratory Science Program, the following classes or their equivalents are required:
- Biological Sciences: A minimum of 16-semester credits is required. The required courses are general biology, hematology, immunology, microbiology, anatomy/ physiology, genetics/molecular biology. Recommended courses include an introduction to medical laboratory science, medical or pathogenic microbiology, parasitology, and virology.
- Chemistry: A minimum of 16-semester credits is required. The required courses are general chemistry and organic or biochemistry. Recommended courses include analytical chemistry and instrumentation.
- Mathematics: A college math course is required. Remedial math courses are not acceptable. In addition to a college math course, statistics is required, either as a separate course or included in a relevant course (e.g. biostatistics or analytical chemistry)
- Required pre-clinical courses: hematology with lab experience and immuno-hematology with lab experience. Introduction to clinical chemistry and urinalysis are highly recommended
- Suggested electives: physics, computer science, education courses, business administration
- Application forms are available from affiliated universities (in the MLS/CLS/MT Program), the HCMC program director, or you may download an application.
- Required documents: The following must be submitted by October 15 to be considered for admission to the HCMC Medical Laboratory Science Program:
- A complete application form, including signature form and biographical sketch.
- The application fee is $50.00. Make checks payable to "HCMC MLS Program"
- Official transcripts from all universities and/or colleges attended. Students must have a cumulative and science GPA of 2.6 or higher to be eligible for the program.
- Two recommendation forms, to be completed by a science professor and the affiliated university’s MLS/CLS/MT program director.
- HCMC tour: Tours are required as part of the application process. All tours must be completed by Oct 1. No tours will be scheduled after that date. Students may tour the fall, spring, or summer prior to applying. Please contact the Program Director for scheduling.
- The ability to follow detailed directions correctly and completely is an essential characteristic when determining suitability for the laboratory science profession. A complete application is a requirement for admission and students with incomplete applications will not be considered for an interview.
A student must complete the pre-clinical curriculum or equivalent at an affiliated university with letter grades of C or better in each course. The pre-clinical curriculum consists of the biological science, chemistry, mathematics, and pre-clinical courses listed under Admission Requirements.
A student must complete a Minnesota Department of Human Services background study (as required by Minnesota state law) and receive clearance for direct patient contact.
A student must be able to satisfy the Technical Standards for the Medical Laboratory Science program at Hennepin County Medical Center based on existing skills and abilities, or through the use of corrective devices. A copy of the Technical Standards is included with the application form.
A student must complete the HCMC pre-clinical competency objectives for each major laboratory area. Students demonstrate their readiness for the program through responses to each of the stated objectives. The responses will be evaluated for completeness by the HCMC education technologists. Feedback will be provided to both students and their affiliated university in order to plan for improvements in the university curriculum.
Updated Pre-Clinical competency objectives, along with instructions on their completion, will be provided to accepted students in late spring for each upcoming fall program start. Further instructions on their completion will be provided at that time.
To qualify for entrance into Hennepin Healthcare's Phlebotomy Technician Program, the following is required:
- High school graduation or equivalent; college courses and related healthcare experience are not required but preferred (official transcripts required).
- No transfer credits are accepted. No credit will be granted for any previous training in phlebotomy or related instruction. The entire course must be completed with passing scores to receive a certificate of completion.
- Students with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (on their most recent transcript) will be considered first.
- Fluency in English (verbal and written).
- Download the application form. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open this document. The deadline for submitting applications for the course that starts in January is November 15th. The deadline for submitting applications for the course that starts in September is July 15th.
- At least two letters of recommendation from an academic instructor or employer sent directly to the Program Director, or in a sealed envelope.
- A brief biographical sketch including a statement of interest in the program.
- Proof of immune status for the following is required if accepted into the program. It does not need to be provided with the application form:
- Rubeola (measles)
- Rubella (German measles)
- Varicella zoster (Chickenpox)
- Hepatitis B virus (highly recommended)
- Documentation of a negative Tuberculosis screening within six months before the start of the program, if accepted into the program. It does not need to be provided with the application form.
- A student must be able to satisfy the Technical Standards based on existing skills and abilities, or through use of corrective devices. A copy of the Technical Standards is included with the application form.
- At least 18 years of age or older.
- All application materials must be complete and received by the specified deadline.
About Our Facility
The HCMC Laboratories provide comprehensive laboratory services in Clinical and Anatomic Pathology. The state-of-the-art laboratories are staffed by more than 180 FTEs, plus 10 medical staff members (pathologists/PhDs), who perform and analyze more than 3 million lab tests per year. The central lab supports several ancillary labs (off-site and on-site clinics and point-of-care settings), offering students outstanding educational environments in both large and small laboratory settings.