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Phlebotomy at UNM Continuing Education

Our Phlebotomy Certificate Program prepares individuals to enter into the medical profession as a phlebotomist. This nine-week training prepares students for this entry-level career in the demanding healthcare field. Students complete 60 hours of theory, lecture and review, 60 hours of lab and a 100-hour clinical experience at a local clinical site.

To apply, prospective students will need to verify all prerequisites.

Advantages of the UNMCE Phlebotomy Certificate:

  • Employment stability
  • Variety of job opportunities
  • Competitive salaries
  • Benefits
  • Opportunities for advancement

Benefits of our program include:

  • Small class size
  • Textbooks included in tuition
  • Needle stick insurance
  • Inpatient and/or outpatient clinical experience

Download Clinical Medical Careers Flyer
Download the Phlebotomy Certificate Packet
Download the Phlebotomy Work Keys Guide

Class Name

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 or phlebotomist. In this 9-week program, you will learn best-practices and industry standards used in the medical laboratory and can begin a rewarding, patient-centered career during the first six weeks in-class training. Become comfortable with medical terminology and the science of venipuncture, or drawing blood samples. With hands-on training you will learn to first draw blood from an artificial model and when comfortable, will advance to drawing from fellow students. The last 3 weeks of class are spent drawing blood from actual patients in a local clinical laboratory where you will experience the real world of a phlebotomist/CLA and have the opportunity to display your acquired skills for potential employment. Participants must be 18 or older with the minimal education being a high school diploma or GED. Participants are required to take WorkKeys workplace assessments in reading and math. WorkKeys may be waived with a post-secondary degree. Clearance must be given from Caregiver Criminal History Background Screening (CCHBS). All immunizations need to be up-to-date prior to clinical rotations in the laboratory. Don't wait; deadline to enroll in is June 26, 2017 with your application, age and education verification. No Class will be held on July 4,2017.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, under Professional Development. No class will be held on July 4, 2017. Classroom and lab hours for the first 6 weeks of class are M-F from 2:00pm to 6:30pm with a 30-minute break, for a total of 120 hours. Clinical hours for the last 3 weeks will be 35 hours per week for a total of 105 hours. Contact Program Supervisor at CEHealth@unm.edu.

38205 | $2995

Clinical Laboratory Assistant/Phlebotomy for ASCP Certification - SUA-PD

7/10/17 - 9/8/17
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 2:00 PM - 6:30 PM and Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM (44 Session Total)
To be Announced
CE South Building

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Clinical Medical Assistant

The Clinical Medical Assisting Profession

The Clinical Medical Assisting program is designed to prepare students to function as professionals in multiple healthcare settings. Medical assistants with a clinical background perform various clinical tasks including assisting with the administration of medications and with minor procedures, performing an EKG electrocardiogram, obtaining laboratory specimens for testing, educating patients, and other related tasks. Job opportunities are prevalent with physician’s offices, clinics, chiropractor’s offices, hospitals and outpatient facilities.

This course covers the following key areas and topics:

  • Clinical responsibilities of the medical office—assisting the physician with patient related care
  • Preparing patients for examination and treatment, routine procedures and diagnostic testing
  • HIPAA, patient confidentiality, legal aspects of healthcare and regulatory patient care issues
  • Recording and taking of vital signs, blood pressure, and other patient care items related to the physician office visit
  • Review and administration of medications, allergies and other pharmacology related items
  • Laboratory procedures, phlebotomy and the proper techniques required to collect specimens for laboratory analysis
  • Cardiology and the proper placement of leads when taking a 12 lead EKG

Download the Clinical Medical Assistant Flyer
Download the Clinical Medical Assistant Application

The next Clinical Medical Assistant Program will begin in Spring 2017. Please check back, or contact the program supervisor for more information.


Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance may be available if you are unemployed, a veteran or veteran’s spouse, or a person with a disability. Other options include education loans. For more funding options, and contact information, please visit our Loans and Financial Aid page.


UNM Tuition Remission

UNM Staff, Faculty and Retirees: You may use your Tuition Remission for all Professional Development classes.

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