Nine-week Phlebotomy Certification Program
Are you looking for a career in healthcare or need clinical medical experience? Have you thought about becoming a phlebotomist? As a phlebotomist, you are responsible for drawing blood from patients and delivering this blood to local laboratories for testing and while getting to meet and interact with new people on a day-to-day basis.
97% of graduates go on to work in a medical lab immediately after graduation.
In addition to clinicians, nurses and patient support personnel, the medical laboratory serves a vital role in the healthcare system, providing clinicians with excellent diagnostic tests. Specimens must first be collected and assessed for quality before being analyzed by the clinical laboratory; this is the essential role of the Clinical Laboratory Assistant/ Phlebotomist.
CLA/Phlebotomy Program – what tuition includes and other costs
Apply and Register at least 2 weeks prior to the start date. This allows us to plan for class enrollment/materials.
What You'll Learn
- Learn best-practices and industry standards used in the medical laboratory
- Become comfortable with medical terminology and the science of venipuncture, or drawing blood samples
- Receive hands-on training on how to first draw blood from an artificial arm and then from fellow students
- Draw blood from actual patients in a local clinical laboratory where you will experience the real world of a Phlebotomist/CLA
- Have the opportunity to display your acquired skills for potential employment in your clinical lab placement
Who Should Attend
- Individuals seeking immediate employment as a Clinical Lab Assistant or Phlebotomist
- Those interested in pursuing a career in the medical field or looking for experience in a clinical setting
Schedule: class 6 weeks, Mon-Fri Lecture 2pm-3:30pm (live online & some in-person)/ (Break 1hr)/ In-Person Lab 4:30pm-6:30pm.
(Self-paced -place holder for exams, taken by date due in syllabus.) Followed by Clinicals: 2.5 weeks, Mon-Fri 7am-3pm, 40hr/per week.
-An evening clinical schedule is available, please send your request. Clinical placement outside of Albuquerque in state NM is available, request prior to start date.
To pass course: student must score a 70% or above on all quizzes and finals (Theory and Lab finals). Student must also submit required immunizations by deadline (on or before 4/17/2024) to be placed in clinicals. Passing course requires attending and meeting all clinical requirements.
- No previous medical experience is required. Participants must be 18 or older with the minimal education being a high school diploma or GED.
- Will have to submit a background check to be placed in clinicals (DOH Criminal History Background Screening (CCHBS)
- Immunization Requirements - need to be up-to-date/submitted prior to clinical placement.
Dress code, background checks, and immunization requirements will be covered in the first two weeks of class.
UNM Tuition Remission
UNM Staff, Faculty, and Retirees: This course is Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development. For more information, visit the UNM Tuition Remission information page.