Mayo Clinic Laboratories Education Launches Phlebotomy Learning Modules

Mayo Clinic Laboratories Education is pleased to announce the release of its first phlebotomy module, “Fundamentals of Phlebotomy.” This will be the first of a series of six modules to be released by the Mayo Clinic Laboratories Education team over time. These modules are a joint effort with the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic. Previously, the “Fundamentals of Phlebotomy” and “Applied Techniques” videos were available for purchase. Recently, the Education team began to look for a way to offer this information in a more user-friendly and easily updateable manner. From this discussion, the phlebotomy modules were born.

These interactive learning modules will encompass all of the skills needed to become a safe and effective phlebotomist. Topics will include safety, equipment, skill sets, and methodologies of the techniques used in the collection process. Additional areas of focus will include age-related collections (from geriatric to pediatric collections) as well as information on pre-analytical variables and the effects these have on specimen quality.

“Module 1: Fundamentals of Phlebotomy” will provide users with the knowledge and skills needed to become a successful phlebotomist. Learners will be introduced to medical terminology, learning many of the terms they are likely to encounter in a health care setting. Additionally, information related to collection devices, types of equipment, and the situations to use them in will be discussed. An in-depth look at the collection tubes and information regarding specimen types, common tests, and the recommended order of draw will be shared.

“Module 1: Fundamentals of Phlebotomy” is now available on Mayo Clinic Laboratories Education’s website. This complimentary module offers the following types of laboratory credit: ASCLS P.A.C.E.®, State of California, and State of Florida.

For more information or to view Module 1, visit

Heidi Zunker

Heidi Zunker is an Education Program Manager at Mayo Medical Laboratories. She plans and facilitates both live and online education programs. Heidi has worked at Mayo Clinic since 2012. Outside of work, Heidi can be found organizing events, spending time with family, and chasing around her two little boys.