If you are looking for a career or a career change, in New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment, have you considered being a phlebotomist? Phlebotomists draw blood for blood donations, transfusions, research, and blood tests. They work mainly in hospitals, laboratories, doctor’s offices, and blood donor centers.
List of Phlebotomy Training Schools in New Mexico
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To be a phlebotomist in New Mexico, you must complete a certificate or a degree program. The course is several hours of classroom training and laboratory experience. The classroom training includes information about legal procedures and implications involved in phlebotomy. The laboratory experience includes venipuncture, drawing blood, collecting samples and specimen analysis. Courses are available that range from six months to two years. After completion of the training program, the students are qualified to take the national level certification exam to become a certified phlebotomist.
As a phlebotomist, you’re also required to have excellent interpersonal skills and communication skills. It may be necessary to explain the procedure, or ask the patient about their medical history. As one of the first people a patient will meet, your demeanor and attitude need to project empathy and patience. A skilled Phlebotomist interacts comfortably with patients and helps patients feel relaxed.
Phlebotomy technicians must be able to perform a variety of laboratory functions, be proficient using various equipment, and willingly to work long hours, including nights and weekends.
Application Process & Costs
Eastern New Mexico University, in Portales, NM, offers “Phlebotomy Technique Training”. This program is 40 lecture hours and 100 clinical hours. Classes are twice a week, during the evening. It is a 2.5- month program and costs $500. Enrollment requirements:
• High school diploma or GED
• Photo ID
• Social Security card
• Payment for course upon registration
• Proof of immunizations
• Liability insurance
When students complete this program, they are eligible to take the nationally recognized ASCP certification exam.
The University of New Mexico, which is in Albuquerque, offers a “Phlebotomy Certificate Program”. This course is a nine-week program comprised of 60 hours of classroom instruction, 60 hours of lab and 100 hours at a local clinic. This program is divided into three courses that are offered throughout the year. The combined cost of all three courses is $2989.
Phlebotomy training is also at these New Mexico locations:
• Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque
• Dona Ana Community College in Las Cruces
• San Juan College in Farmington
• Santa Fe
Phlebotomy training online offers classroom lecture information such as:
• Safety and Infection Control Guidelines
• Basic Medical Terminology
• Legal situations in Phlebotomy
• Dealing with difficult people
• Laboratory Tests
Completing the program with a passing grade will earn you a certificate of completion. To work as a phlebotomist, you will still need hands-on practice. And it will be up to you to find a clinical site.
Maintaining Certification/License & Renewal
Currently, New Mexico like most other states does not require phlebotomists to have continuing education credits to maintain certification; this may change shortly. NHA (National Healthcareer Association) certification is valid for two years along with 6 hours of continuing education.
Salary & Job Prospects
The job outlook for phlebotomists is very favorable. This career is expected to grow 27 percent by 2022. This growth is a much faster rate than average, for employment growth rates. In New Mexico, the hourly wage for phlebotomists is $14.00-$16.50, which is an approximate annual salary of $27,000- $28,400.
Many cities in New Mexico need phlebotomists including:
• Las Cruces
• Las Vegas
• Silver City
There are many training facilities and job sites for phlebotomists in New Mexico. Why not start your new career here?
More Phlebotomy Training in New Mexico
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