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 enroll in a training class. There are many state recognized phlebotomy training programs that will prepare students for a Phlebotomy Technician career. A phlebotomy training program is generally compiled of 40-80 in class hours and 20-40 clinical hours that will take place outside of the class, usually at a laboratory or medical institute united with the program. Typical classes will have 10-30 students.
Questions For Entry Level Training Programs
Ask the following questions:
- Is the phlebotomy training program approved by the state?
- How many hours is the phlebotomy training program?
- Where are the clinical hours of the program completed?
- Does the phlebotomy training program include the certification exam?
- 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 course 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 successful completion of a phlebotomy training school, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. Your Certificate of Completion does not make you ‘Certified’. This is a entirely common misunderstanding. A Certificate of Completion is used as proof of your successful completion of a phlebotomy training course and is required to attempt the national certification test for individuals possessing no experience in the field.
Getting Certified In Phlebotomy
There are many certification agencies that phlebotomist can choose to become certified with. The cost to become NPS Certified is $150.00 and includes your full study guide, unlimited practice exams, three 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
Preparing to take the Certification Exam
Once you have registered to take the certification exam, you should prepare by reviewing examination materials provided to you by the credentialing agency. Every agency has testing materials based upon their certification exams. Be positive to study every day for at least one hour until you feel confident in your knowledge. Taking practice exams can greatly buildup your chances of passing the official exam. NPS provides full study materials, unlimited practice exams and three chances to take the national certification exam.
After you have passed the final exam, your credentials are immediately inputted in the national registry and a digital copy of your official certification is provided in your account. Your digital copy, side by side your NPS transcripts, should be downloaded and printed for use as proof of certification.
Starting Your Medical Career in Phlebotomy
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 have to renew their CPT Certification after two years. A phlebotomist should begin the process at least 30 days prior to the week their credentials expires. This will permit the phlebotomist enough time to complete their continuing education hours and take their renewal assessment. You will not need to go register to a school or attend a class to renew your certification.
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