These interactive learning modules encompass all of the necessary skills in order to become a safe and effective phlebotomist. Topics include safety, equipment, skill sets, and methodologies of the techniques used in the collection process. Additional areas of focus 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. This program will include a total of six modules released over time.

Module 1: Fundamentals of Phlebotomy

Released: April 1, 2021
Expires: April 1, 2025

Fundamentals Of Phlebotomy



This module will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to become a successful phlebotomist. You will be introduced to medical terminology, learning many of the terms you are likely to encounter in the health care setting. We will share information related to collection devices, explaining the types of equipment used and the situations each would be used in. We will also take an in-depth look at the collection tubes and share information regarding specimen types, common tests, and the recommended order of draw.

Learning Objectives:
  • Define the most common terms from a phlebotomist’s perspective and explain the make-up of medical terms.
  • Recognize the collection tubes, their additives and end products after processing, and identify the order of draw.
  • Identify the types of equipment used in the phlebotomy process, recognizing the situations in which they would be used.

Intended Audience: This series is appropriate for phlebotomists, phlebotomy managers, phlebotomy educators, and other patient-care staff involved in specimen collection.

Level of Instruction: Intermediate

Please follow your institution’s standard operating procedures (SOPs). We recognize there are variables associated with phlebotomy processes that are specific to individual institutions. The material presented here may not align with all institutional practices. Continue to follow your institution’s guidelines, procedures, and policies.

The following types of credit are offered for Module 1: Fundamentals of Phlebotomy:
State of Florida


To obtain credit:
  1. Watch the module.
  2. Participate in the activities.
  3. Complete the posttest and evaluation that is linked to the final slide of the module.
  4. Generate and print your certificate.


Mayo Clinic Laboratories is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® program. This program has been approved for a maximum of 1.0 P.A.C.E® contact hour. Level of instruction for this program is intermediate.

State of Florida
Mayo Clinic Laboratories is approved as a Continuing Education Accrediting Agency for the clinical laboratory sciences for the State of Florida. Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel has designated this program for General credit. This program has been approved for 1.0 contact hour.