Phlebotomist Technician - Certificate of Achievement

The Certificate of Achievement in Phlebotomy prepares students for employment as a Phlebotomist Technician and includes skills with a bio-psychosocial-cultural approach to client care. The coursework includes class and lab practice prior to practice in the clinical setting consisting of phlebotomy, pre and post analytical considerations, safety and lab maintenance, basic point of care testing and the associated specimen testing.  The certificate requires successful completion of NA 115 Phlebotomist Technician.  Clinical requirements for successful completion of the course consists of 100 hours of “hands-on” practice, 100 successful venipunctures, 20 capillary punctures in a healthcare facility laboratory. In order to be eligible to participate in the clinical setting, students are required to successfully pass a background check through the New Mexico Department of Health Caregivers Criminal History Screening Act and be granted employment clearance prior to clinical assignment and participation. Successful coursework completion requires a grade of “C” (grade score of 80%) or better, a grade of pass on all skills checklists, a final exam grade of 84% or better, 80% average of clinical/lab, and completion of all assignments. Successful completion includes 100% attendance for class, lab, and clinical time. Upon successful completion of all coursework, a student has met all requirements for eligibility to test through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) for certification as a Phlebotomist Technician

Course Description:

NA 115. Phlebotomist Technician

6 Credits (3+6P)

Basic theory and skills of phlebotomy following OSHA and Center for Disease Control guidelines. Prepares students for the requirements of testing for the ASCP certification exam and employment in a healthcare organization as a phlebotomist in licensed settings. Laboratory hours include infection control skills & practice, patient assessment & teaching, and practice in venipuncture. Clinical time includes clinical laboratory processes and operations, patient assessment, venipuncture, and exposure to clinical policies and procedures. Upon successful completion students are workforce ready.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): OEEM 101. Restricted to Community Colleges campuses only.


Note: A Certificate of Achievement is a program of study less than 16 credits.  The certificate provides employment related and/or career enhancing skills necessary to succeed in a job or chose field of study.  Please see an advisor concerning financial aid eligibility for Certificates of Achievement.