Phlebotomy Certification Dorchester, Massachusetts

Phlebotomy Technicians play a key role in the medical field.

Phlebotomy Technicians play a key role in the medical field. Their main responsibility is to collect samples of a patient’s blood or other bodily fluids for the purpose of lab test to determine varying health condition. Here we will outline the entire process of becoming a Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT).

Phlebotomy Technician Training

The first step to your career as a Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) is to complete a training class. Dorchester, Massachusetts​ is house to many state endorsed phlebotomy training programs that will prepare students for a Phlebotomy Technician career. A phlebotomy training program is generally between 40-80 in class hours and 20-40 clinical hours that will take place separate of the class, usually at a laboratory or medical institute allied with the program. In Dorchester​, the typical class will have 10-30 students.

Questions For Programs in Dorchester

Be hardworking when searching for a phlebotomy training course. There are thousands of programs across the country but not every one of them provide necessary training required to enter the workforce. There are many training programs that unfortunately do not have any resources for students to complete the clinical hours of the class. Clinical hours are when students get their hands on experience drawing blood in a lab. Without this, you will not meet the requirements to apply to be certified after completing the training.

Ask the following questions:

  1. Is the phlebotomy training program approved by the state?
  2. How many hours is the phlebotomy training program?
  3. Where are the clinical hours of the program completed?
  4. Does the phlebotomy training program include the certification exam?
  5. What agency do students take the exam with?


If you are planning to attend a phlebotomy training program and would like an NPS adviser to double check that the program is legit, contact us today.

The general requirements to attend a phlebotomy training program include the following:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Over The Age Of 18
  • Clean Background Check (No Felonies)
  • Negative Hepatitis Test
  • Negative TB Test
  • Immunization Records


Upon your completion of a phlebotomy training class, you will earn a Certificate of Completion. Your Certificate of Completion does not make you ‘Certified’. This is a extremely common misunderstanding. A Certificate of Completion is used as proof of your completion of a phlebotomy training program and is required to attempt the national certification examination for individuals possessing no experience in the field.

Phlebotomy Certification Dorchester, Massachusetts

Getting Certified In Phlebotomy In Dorchester, Massachusetts​

To get certified, a phlebotomist must have their competency put to the test by a third party endorsement agency, like NPS. Once certified, a phlebotomist will need to renew their certification every two years by completing Continuing Education. This can be finished through at the job workshops or online education units.



There are many certification agencies that phlebotomist can choose to become certified with. The cost to become NPS Certified is $200.00 and includes your full study guide, unlimited practice exams, one final certification exam attempts and a professional resume revision. The entire process can be completed online in the NPS learning management system.

The prerequisites to take the certification exam with most agencies include the following:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Completion of a Phlebotomy Training Program OR 1 Year of On-The-Job Experience in the Past 3 Years
  • 30 Successful Blood Draws
  • 10 Successful Capillary Sticks
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Preparing to take the Certification Exam

Once you have registered to take the certification exam, you should prepare by reviewing study materials provided to you by the credentialing agency. Every agency has study materials based upon their certification exams. Be positive to study every day for at least one hour until you are confident in your knowledge. Taking practice exams can greatly enlarge your chances of passing the certification exam. NPS provides full breakdown materials, unlimited practice exams and one chance to take the final certification exam.



After you have passed the certification exam, your credentials are quickly inputted in the national registry and a digital copy of your official certification is available in your account. Your digital copy, side by side your NPS transcripts, should be downloaded and printed for use as proof of certification.

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Program Includes:
Study Materials  Unlimited Practice Exams  National Certification Exam
Program Includes:
  • Study Materials
  • Unlimited Practice Exams
  • National Certification Exam

Starting Your Medical Career in Phlebotomy

Now that you’re a Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT), you’re ready to start your medical career in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Phlebotomy is a great field to enter the medical workplace and is a starting place for many nurses, nurse aide, medical assistants and medical laboratory technicians. Phlebotomist can expect to be working a typical 40 hour work week and earn an average annual salary of $31,000. This salary is the national average and does change from county to state.

Phlebotomy job duties include:

  • Evaluating a patient and explaining procedures
  • Verify patients identity
  • Drawing blood
  • Point of care testing
  • Preparing blood or other specimens for testing
  • Maintaining your area and equipment


NPS works with multiple staffing agencies to help our members find a career in the phlebotomy field. Click here for more information on job placement assistance by NPS. 

Renewing Your Certification

Certified Phlebotomy Technicians will need to renew their CPT Certification after two years. A phlebotomist should begin the process at least 30 days prior to the week their certification expires. This will permit the phlebotomist sufficient time to review their continuing education hours and take their renewal assessment. You will not need to go back to a phlebotomy course or attend a class to renew your certification.

The renewal process can be completed from start to finish online in the NPS learning management system. The cost to renew your credentials for the following two year period is $150.00. Renewing ensures your employer that you are dedicated to updating your knowledge in the phlebotomy field.

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Certified Phlebotomy Instructor In Dorchester, Massachusetts​

A Certified Phlebotomy Instructor (CPI) is a highly adept phlebotomist with over 5 years of experience in the field. Phlebotomy Instructors can teach for or own their own school. They’re responsible for ensuring that students in their class are retaining the guidance provided by their curriculum. Every class in Dorchester, Massachusetts should tell their students details about the instructors background and credentials.

If a phlebotomist meets the requirements and wishes to become a Certified Phlebotomy Instructor (CPI) they can finalize the entire process online. If you would like to request to speak with someone regarding the process, contact us today.

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