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Our Mission

It is our mission to empower those who perform, teach, and manage blood collection procedures for clinical testing to do so with professionalism, integrity, precision and compliance.


Healthcare professionals and educators around the world have relied on us for accurate and authoritative information on blood sample collection and processing (preanalytical) procedures since 1997. Through our videos, newsletters, books, posters, downloads, continuing education exercises, conference presentations, in-services, and more, we’ve been teaching proper phlebotomy technique based on the most current CLSI standards and OSHA guidelines.

We are not a certification agency, but we support comprehensive phlebotomy training and certification for all who have blood sample collection responsibilities.
For information on reputable agencies that certify phlebotomists, click here.


The Executive Director

Dennis J. Ernst MT(ASCP) has been involved in phlebotomy for over 30 years as a medical technologist, educator, and legal consultant. As the Director of the Center for Phlebotomy Education, he conducts workshops, in-services, and conferences on phlebotomy across the U.S. and around the globe with the goal of protecting healthcare workers and their patients from injury while obtaining high quality specimens for laboratory testing.

Dennis J. Ernst MT(ASCP) View Dennis Ernst's profile on LinkedIn
  • Director of the Center for Phlebotomy Education, Inc.
  • Author of Applied Phlebotomy (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2005).
  • Author of Phlebotomy for Nurses and Nursing Personnel (HealthStar Press, 2001).
  • Editor of Blood Specimen Collection FAQs (Center for Phlebotomy Education, 2008).
  • Editor of Phlebotomy Today and Phlebotomy Today—STAT!, an online family of phlebotomy e-newsletters in publication since 2000.
  • Chairperson/Participant in the revision of several CLSI specimen collection standards and guidelines.
  • Internationally recruited speaker.

On a Personal Note, The Director's blog.

His articles have appeared in:

  • Parents magazine
  • Advance for Administrators of the Laboratory
  • ASCLS Today
  • RN magazine
  • Nursing
  • Advance for Laboratory Professionals
  • Medical Laboratory Observer (MLO)
  • Journal of Healthcare Risk Management
  • Monthly Mini-Lessons in Care of the Aging
  • Home Healthcare Nurse
  • LabMedicine
  • Advance for Nurses
  • COLA Insights
  • Managing Infection Control
  • Vantage Point
  • ASCP TechSample

He has been quoted in:

  • Washington Post
  • Wall Street Journal
  • The Dark Report