Health Care Assistant - Certificate of Completion (33-37 credit hours)

Graduates of the healthcare assistant program may work in a variety of settings, including long-term and acute-care facilities, private homes, clinics, and home care agencies. In most cases, the work involves providing hands-on care for patients and support services such as drawing blood, operating specialized equipment, and furnishing the results of diagnostic procedures.

Employment opportunities are numerous in Doña Ana County and the surrounding areas. Salaries for those who have completed diverse competencies within the program average well above minimum wage. Once employed, many graduates will find opportunities for on-the-job training and advancement.

Students may use the program as an introduction to other healthcare programs, such as nursing, respiratory therapy, and radiologic technology. The program includes classroom theory, laboratory experience, and applied learning in hands-on situations. Because some of the learning takes place off campus, students will need to arrange for their own transportation.

State and/or national certifications are available in certain areas:

  • New Mexico Department of Health—Division of Health Improvement state certification to become a certified nursing assistant
  • National Healthcareer Association EKG technician certification
  • National Healthcareer Association phlebotomy technician certification

Important Facts About This Certificate Program

For information concerning the total cost, financing, time to completion, and job placement rates associated with this program, visit the following web page:

Mandatory Attendance

Students must attend all class meetings and lab sessions to be eligible for state or national certification testing.

(33–37 credit hours)

Core Requirements
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition (a grade of C or better is required) 14
MATH 120Intermediate Algebra 13
or AHS 116 Math for Health Occupations
Related Requirements
AHS 120Medical Terminology3
Select one from the following:4-8
Introductory Anatomy and Physiology 14
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II 1
Approved elective3
Technical Requirements
NA 104Nursing Assistant Fundamentals3
NA 104 LNursing Assistant Fundamentals Lab1
NA 105Nursing Assistant Clinicals4
NA 109Phlebotomist Basic4
NA 110Electrocardiogram Technician Basic4
Total Credits33-37

Courses are identical to those offered at New Mexico State University Las Cruces (main) Campus.