Phlebotomists collect and process blood specimens using approved venipuncture and capillary puncture techniques. Requires a high level of professionalism when working with patients.
Phlebotomists work in clinics, hospitals and physician office labs. They safely collect and process blood and body fluid specimens. High levels of professionalism and ethics are necessary when interacting with patients. Students study theory in the classroom, learn skills in campus labs, and complete clinical experiences in area health care facilities and labs. Upon completion of the programs, students are eligible to take national certification exams. The CNM PHLB and MLT programs are articulated, certain MLT courses will be waived for PHLB graduates. A formal articulation agreement between CNM and UNM facilitates the transfer of credit received from the Associate of Applied Science MLT Degree to the Medical Laboratory Sciences Program at the University of New Mexico. CNM also offers a Pre-Health Sciences AA Degree.
Most of the health programs in HWPS require students undergo the New Mexico Department of Health caregivers criminal history screening program. This involves state and federal felony criminal background checks with fingerprints. This must be completed prior to starting their program or prior to beginning their clinical experiences. Students with a disqualifying conviction can appeal some of those convictions through the New Mexico Department of Health. Depending on the program, students may or may not be allowed to remain in the program pending appeal. Students who do not successfully appeal a disqualifying conviction will not be allowed to start or remain in the program. A successful appeal does not guarantee eligibility for licensure after graduation in professions that require licensure.
Other Compliance Requirements
Many of the health programs in HWPS require students to undergo a routine urine drug screen, provide documentation of current immunizations, have a current Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support (CPR) certificate and other training prior to beginning the program or beginning clinical education, all of which, along with the criminal background check, are verified through the Office of Verification and Compliance.
Students must be in good physical and psychological health. Students may be asked to provide documentation of a recent physical examination. Many health programs require the student to be able to safely lift and/or move a minimum of 50 pounds. Reasonable accommodations are made for students with disabilities. However, some disabilities may prohibit students from completing program specific competencies or gaining employment. Students with disabilities that may interfere with completing program competencies are advised to contact the School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety (HWPS) Office for more information.
Program fees cover costs incurred on behalf of the student for student-issued equipment, background checks, drug screens, etc.
Students are responsible for their own transportation to off-campus training sites (i.e. clinical courses at hospitals, internships, etc.).