Phlebotomy Courses, Training & Programs – New Mexico

The state of New Mexico offers many rich colors to see, from the clear blue skies and ancient turquoise to the reds and oranges of the desert and canyons. In addition to an overwhelming amount of beautiful nature, New Mexico is also home to a number of people working in the health care field that make up a large health care system. Some of these people are nurses, doctors, and even phlebotomy technicians.

If pondering a career as a phlebotomy technician is something that you’ve spent some time thinking about, then you might find this web page on the topic of phlebotomy interesting. There’s a lot of different facets of phlebotomy that are covered here, including basic information about training and classes, New Mexico specific information, as well as some general listings for schools at the bottom (of this page) where you might potentially be able to find training classes or programs.

New Mexico – Phlebotomy Training – A Brief Overview

What is point of phlebotomy training? Well, it’s to teach students how to become phlebotomists through practical and classroom instruction. This might be accomplished in several ways, such as the instruction of practical technique, classroom lectures to teach the knowledge required to understand the field, and opportunities to practice techniques learned in the course. One thing that is important to understand is that the curriculum and instruction can vary among schools and classes.

Venipuncture, along with dermal puncture are the two of the main blood draw techniques that might be taught throughout the course of a phlebotomy training class. Venipuncture is when a hollow needle is carefully inserted into a vein, often on a patient’s arm or hand, or sometimes on the forearm or elbow, and blood is then pulled through the small, microscopic opening  in the needle into a container designated to hold blood specimens. Dermal (skin) puncture is often practiced on the fingertip; this technique involves piercing the skin with a very small diameter needle, causing a drop of blood to appear on the fingertip. Sometimes the phlebotomy technician may press or squeeze around the puncture area to coax out more blood. This technique may be performed on newborn’s heels, as well, and is known as the “heel stick.” Other techniques taught might include first aid and CPR.

Additional subject matter might be taught to help broaden the students’ knowledge of phlebotomy include some basic anatomy, various medical terms and accompanying definitions, and other things like a historical overview of phlebotomy.

Opportunities that may be provided to phlebotomy students may include a lab and sometimes an externship, although some courses might not offer this. In a phlebotomy lab, the students taking the course might be able to improve their venipuncture skills and dermal puncture skills. An instructor usually may be close by to help students develop these skills. In an externship  (which again, isn’t always available), students might potentially be able to work in various medical settings (hospitals, clinics, etc), being closely supervised while gaining valuable real-world experience.

Common Job Duties and Responsibilities of New Mexico Phlebotomists

Venipunctures and dermal punctures will typically comprise the majority of the job functions that a phlebotomist may perform. Other job duties might vary somewhat from employer to employer and even location to location under the same employer; other examples of job duties might involve some of the following things:

  • Applying first aid if necessary
  • Reporting data on blood specimens
  • Working with computers
  • Checking patient information on labels for blood samples and making corrections if need be
  • Prepping blood specimens for testing and or transport
  • Transporting blood samples
  • Working with patients to educate them on the various procedures and answer questions

Difficult blood draws might also be something that a phlebotomist sees during their work day. A complicated blood draw is a draw that’s challenging or difficult for some reason. For example, collecting a blood sample from an uncooperative or upset inmate for purposes of alcohol or drug testing may be a challenging draw. Collecting a blood sample from an older patient who has fragile or thin veins may also be considered a difficult draw. These draws may require more skill and tact to handle than other draws.

Certification Information – New Mexico Phlebotomists

Phlebotomists in New Mexico aren’t required to obtain a phlebotomist certification by the state or federal government; however, many employers that have phlebotomists working for them might require their phlebotomy technicians to hold a certification from one of the nationwide phlebotomy certification agencies. This may be done for a variety of reasons, one of the more common possibly being to ensure a standard amount of competence and knowledge across their employees.

It’s possible that a phlebotomy training course might include certification from one of the well known national agencies as an additional benefit of the course, but it’s also possible that they might not too. It might be easier sometimes to find a course that includes certification, but in this situation you may want to verify with the national certification agency that this is the case. With that said, you might be able to take a course that includes no certification and then pursue a phlebotomist certification outside of the course after you’ve completed it. However, if you think about doing this you should know that each certification agency (like AMT, ASCP, etc) has their own criteria, and not all courses will meet this criteria. Because of this, if you’re considering taking a course that does not include any certification, you should clear it first with one of the various phlebotomy certification agencies that you’d like to be certified from before signing up for the course. This will help to ensure that you don’t take a course only to find out later that it doesn’t count toward certification from that agency, which is something you want to avoid.

You may also want to talk with the specific certification agency that you’re considering becoming certified from to see if there are any personal requirements as well. Things like having a high school diploma or a CPR certification might be required, so it’s good to know those things in advance. Some conditions may be met as you progress through a phlebotomy training course like logging a certain amount of lab hours, documenting a specific amount of blood draws, passing certain tests, etc.

Another thing to consider regarding certification is that if you’re a person who has worked in a medical field before, and has drawn blood as part of your normal job duties or done something similar (like inserting IVs), you might be able to get a certification faster than people who don’t have that kind of experience. In order to know for sure, you’ll have to contact one of the certification agencies that you’d like to get a certification from to learn more about what possible options might be available to you in that situation.

New Mexico Community Colleges and Schools

Read the listings below to see various schools and community colleges in New Mexico that may offer various types of phlebotomy training.

Central New Mexico Community College
525 Buena Vista Dr SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
(505) 224-3000

University of New Mexico
1 University of New Mexico Drive, Albuquerque, NM 87131
(505) 277-0111

Central New Mexico Community College
525 Buena Vista Drive SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106

New Mexico Junior College
5317 N Lovington Hwy, Hobbs, New Mexico

Southwest Phlebotomy Certifications, LLC
350 Calle Consuelo, Los Lunas, NM 87031
(505) 410-7889

New Mexico State University
2400 Scenic Dr, Alamogordo, NM 88310
(575) 439-3600

Mesalands Community College
911 S 10th St, Tucumcari, NM 88401

Clovis Community College
417 Schepps Blvd, Clovis, NM 88101

Santa Fe Community College
6401 Richards Ave, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508