A group of people posing for a photo at the Phlebotomy Pinning Ceremony

Otero Phlebotomy Technician Pinning Ceremony Held on July 17, 2023

On July 17, Otero College held a pinning ceremony for five new Phlebotomy Technicians in the Life Sciences building on the Otero Campus.

Otero College’s Phlebotomy certificate program is designed to prepare qualified phlebotomists for entry level employment. The classes are taken over two semesters with a total of six credits. Phlebotomy Technicians serve a vital role in the field of medicine, they learn how to properly draw and process blood and body fluids. They also learn the skills to be safe and accurate to provide doctors with the necessary laboratory results for diagnosis and treatment.

In the state of Colorado, Otero College is the sole institution with a National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) accredited phlebotomy program. This year, the phlebotomy technician certificate was paid for through the Care Forward Colorado Grant. This funding is made possible by Senate Bill 22-226, which dedicates $26 million in state recovery dollars to train healthcare workers across Colorado. After obtaining this certificate, students commonly pursue a Medical Laboratory Technician Degree which is also offered through Otero College.

Students are currently enrolling in the MLT program for Fall of 2023. For questions regarding the MLT program, contact Angela Tarrant at (719) 384-6813 or email

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