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: https://dacc.nmsu.edu/vd/GEI/DA-OHCA-CT/Gedt.html
Students must attend all class meetings and lab sessions to be eligible for state or national certification testing.
(33–37 credit hours)
|ENGL 111G||Rhetoric and Composition (a grade of C or better is required) 1||4|
|MATH 120||Intermediate Algebra 1||3|
|or AHS 116||Math for Health Occupations|
|AHS 120||Medical Terminology||3|
|Select one from the following:||4-8|
|Introductory Anatomy and Physiology 1||4|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology I|
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II 1
|NA 104||Nursing Assistant Fundamentals||3|
|NA 104 L||Nursing Assistant Fundamentals Lab||1|
|NA 105||Nursing Assistant Clinicals||4|
|NA 109||Phlebotomist Basic||4|
|NA 110||Electrocardiogram Technician Basic||4|
Courses are identical to those offered at New Mexico State University Las Cruces (main) Campus.