August 21, 2017

How to Find A Phlebotomy Organizations

As you may have come to find out, there are a number of organizations that offers programs and courses for phlebotomy students and professionals. Yet not all of the organizations that you will find in your search will have the same reputation as the other more reputable organizations, these are the ones that you will have to look out for since you may waste much of your hard earned money to become a member and obtain a certification that may not be recognized by a potential employer. Each organization must meet the standards set forth by the CLSI (Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute). Once you have waded through the sea of training programs then you will need to do your research and find an organization that fall within the following criteria:

  • Accredited (approved) by the NAACLS (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences)
  • Makes use of the materials and exams that follows the standards set forth by the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute
  • Uses an outside certification agency for graduates

Phlebotomy Certification Requirements

It should be noted that every agency (all 10 within the United States) may have a different set of requirements that will need to meet in order to qualify to become a professional certified phlebotomist. Below are some of the general requirements that you must have in order to qualify:

The ACA (American Certification Agency) provides 2 types phlebotomist certifications:

  • Phlebotomy technicians
  • Phlebotomy instructors

Eligibility requirements for phlebotomy technicians:

  • 100 clinical hours
  • 100 venipuncture’s
  • 10 dermal punctures (25 for the state of Louisiana)

Eligibility requirements for phlebotomy instructors:

  • Must have their certifications as a phlebotomists or as a registered nurse or a licensed practical nurse
  • A written exam is not required for potential instructors
  • Must show proof of experience as a phlebotomists (at least 3 years)
  • 1 year of teaching experience

The AMT (American Medical Technologists) Requirements:

  • Graduated from a program that has been accredited by the United States Department of Education
  • Enroll into a phlebotomy program that offers 120 hours of both clinical workshops and instruction
  • Alternatively to the 120 hours, completing at least (in the last 3 years) 1,040 hours of experience in the field as a professional
  • A minimum of 50 venipunctures (successful)
  • A minimum of 25 skin punctures

Many students find the American Medical Technologists (AMT) provides a great deal of benefits to those that apply. These benefits include having a download of their handbook, outline of the phlebotomy exam, practice tests and materials for you to use as a reference.

NCCT Requirements

The NCCT (National Center for Competency Testing) provides certifications for donor phlebotomists and regular phlebotomists.

They both require the following:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • 1 year of phlebotomy experience
  • File a performance form

For donor phlebotomist you must have:

  • 6 months of experience
  • 80 donor collections (successful collections)
  • You must also submit a copy of the forms that can be found on the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) website. They can be sent in electronically or as a hard copy in the mail.


Phlebotomy Exams What Is Expected

As you will know as you move along in your training, in the phlebotomy field there are several options that will open up to you. You can take the phlebotomy classes at a community college, university (added onto your current schedule) or at a technical school. You should speak with a counselor at your current school to find out what is needed to add it to your curriculum. Some other areas where you can receive training includes clinics and hospitals, you will typically find these classes advertised in the newspaper, on the hospital website or you can grab a phone book and contact them to directly to find out if they have this type of class.

Once you have finished training you have two options: you can choose to be certified through a professional medical association or you can choose to not be. If you chose to be certified then you will need to take the certification exam, which is turned in to the medical association to be graded and analyzed.

Do I need to be certified to become a phlebotomist?

No, there are actually only 2 states in the United States that make it a requirement to have certification. You should check with your states Department of Health Services if your state requires you to be certified.

What is the difference between a training certificate and taking the exam for certification?

When you see and advertisement for a training program advertised as a “phlebotomy certificate program”, this means that once you have completed the training then you will have a certificate of completion that will show your potential employer that you have successfully completed a training program. Unfortunately, the certificate is often confused with certification that is only obtained once you have completed the exam administered by an official medical association. If you try to gain employment you may be asked to show them your certificate of completion. While you may be able to gain employment with your certificate, having certification through a medical association then is seen as more legitimate.

How should I prepare for the exam?

There are several options you will have to take to prepare for your certification exam. Your options will also depend in the medical association you are planning on being certified by. There are numerous associations you are able to obtain your certification through, they include:

  • American Medical Technologists (AMT)
  • National Healthcareer Association (NHA)
  • National Phlebotomy Association (NPA)
  • American Certification Agency (ACA)
  • American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)
  • American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians (ASPT)
  • National Allied Health Professionals (NAHP)
  • National Credentialing Agency (NCA)
  • National Center for Competency Testing Certification (NCCT)

While you are preparing for your exam it is recommended that you purchase a study guide or review book that correlates to the association you are taking the exam from. These can often be found via the association’s website. The price range for many of the phlebotomy exam guides can cost as low as $30 to around the $50 range. You may be able to purchase this book used which will offer you significant savings.

4 Tips for Passing the Phlebotomy Exam

Phlebotomy Exam: Test Taking Tips and Practices

Do you suffer from anxiety when it comes time for you to take a test? This is not unheard of; even the best students are worried about doing badly on the test and affecting their score. This anxiety is also known as “test-anxiety”.

Those trapped in the anxiety can sometimes feel that there is nothing they can do keep from being anxious. However, this is untrue. Below you will find some tips and practices designed to help lower your anxiety and ensure that you keep your test scores up. Of course to start you will need to ensure you have a good night’s sleep the day before the test, keep from studying the day before the test and a good breakfast before you go to take the test.

Preview the Entire Test First
Before you begin answering questions, go through and review the directions, look at the various types of questions asked on the test. Are they multiple choices, fill in the blank, short essay or a combination of all of them? Figure out which ones will provide you with the most points.

Relax, Relax, Relax

Take a minute to just breathe. Close your and give yourself a mental pep talk, tell yourself that you are prepared for this and that you will pass and get a great score, move on to getting your certification and to a rewarding career in phlebotomy. Pace yourself don’t speed through the test you will have plenty of time.

Answer the Easy Questions First

Start with the questions that you already know the answers to. This will boost your moral and you will feel more confident with the rest of the test. This will also help you save time to work on the harder questions. Take your time answering the more difficult questions to ensure that they are answered correctly. If you have any questions on how to properly answer the questions or need a clarification of the rules then be sure to ask the instructor to clarify the directions. Many students are nervous to ask for clarification but it is better ask then it is to guess what you are supposed to do.

3 Steps to Getting Past the More Difficult Questions

If you run across a question that appears too difficult here are 3 steps you can take to answer them:

1. Re-read the question and underline any keywords in the answers.
2. Use a process of elimination to cross out the ones that you know are wrong.
3. Look at the answers with the underlined keywords and you will feel better about your selection.

Review the Test


Once you have completed the test go over the test and make sure you answered every question. Try and keep from reviewing the answers you gave so you don’t second guess yourself. Make sure you have your name and any information the instructor asked you to include. Typically many of the exams have a 1 hour time limit. You won’t get any extra points for finishing early so be sure to pace yourself and use your time wisely.

Are you ready for the Phlebotomy Exam

Phlebotomy Certification Test Preparation

Congratulations! If you have made it to the exam stage of your education then you definitely deserve a pat on the back for a job well done! However, it is not over with just yet you still have to pass the exam prior to receiving your certification. Below are some tips to help you prepare for the exam (note that the below tips should be followed are merely recommended and you should follow with study methods that are right for you):

Don’t Pull an All-Nighter

What many students have a bad habit of doing the night before the exam is cramming and studying for long periods of time at once. The problem with “cramming” is that even though you may think it will help you retain information for the exam the next day this in fact can have an opposite effect by causing you to not retain any information. If you are still attending classes then try to remember to review your notes and other materials after the class while it is still fresh in your mind. Maintain your notes after each and every class; make sure that the notes are clear and concise so that when you are ready to begin studying you won’t have to waste time trying to search through scraps of paper trying to find the information you are looking for.

Prepare and Organize

Just as stated above ensure that your notes are easily accessible and easy to read. Once you are ready to begin studying pull together more than just your notes but all of your study materials including books, study guides and anything else you feel can aid you in your studying.

Stay On Track and In Order

Keep from skipping from topic to topic. Start at the basics and then make your way up from there. If you have already reviewed the definitions move on to the main concepts and leave the smaller details for last. If you have access to a practice test, take this and then review the answer and if you have questions that you got wrong or struggled on then those are the areas to start studying first.

Takes Notes to Learn


You will find that as you study, taking notes will make the process so smoother. Use a highlighter and highlight the parts in your text book that will aid you in your study and use a separate color highlighter to highlight the really important information in that color. Writing down the information is another good trick to retaining information. However, keep from writing down too much information just stick with the facts.

Take Breaks

This goes along with the first tip on the list. Keep from studying for long periods of time. Take as many breaks as you can, one 10 minute break every 1 hour to ensure that you keep from getting burned out, expand your studying time for a week or more and spread your studying time out evenly. These breaks will give your brain time to process the information and prepare it for new information.

Top Phlebotomy Organizations

In the phlebotomy field there are 3 leading associations that many professional and student phlebotomists alike turn to. These associations are also the ones that student phlebotomists send in their exams to, to be graded and analyzed. These associations include:

· American Phlebotomy Association
· American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians
· National Phlebotomy Association

The benefits to know about the organizations above is that not only do they provide you with the information needed to help you study for the phlebotomy exam (including study material), job placement information and assistance to assistance with continuing education programs.

The ASPT (American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians)

The American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians has been in the business of providing phlebotomists with certification since the early 1980’s. They offer the exam that tests the knowledge and the skills of all current graduates and the future phlebotomists entering into the field. They also offer a number of guides to help you prepare for the phlebotomy exam. These guides can be found online via their website and they can be manually uploaded to your computer so that you will have the ability and the availability to access it whenever you need to review the information you learned in the classroom. You can also order manuals via their online form the cost typically ranges from $31-$61.

Contact Information for the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians:

PO Box 1831
Hickory, NC 28603
Tel: (828)294-0078
Fax :( 828)327-2969
Email: office(at)aspt.org

The NPA (National Phlebotomy Association)

The NPA is an organization that has noted for being one of the oldest in the industry. The National Phlebotomy Association is an organization that has been around in the late 70’s. More than 14,000 phlebotomists (and counting) are taking or have taken the exam administered by the National Phlebotomy Association. They also have a hand in offering training programs throughout the United States in various phlebotomy programs in community colleges, universities and vocational schools. They ensure that students get the education they need to prepare them for their exam and obtaining certification.

They also make sure that their students are offered every chance to succeed by offering practice classes for phlebotomy students who need to have an update on the information they learned. They also work with the school themselves to ensure that they received the proper accreditation needed to be a recognized organization by employers and hospitals.

Contact information for the National Phlebotomy Association:

National Phlebotomy Association
1901 Brightseat Road
Landover, MD 20785
Phone: (301) 386-4200
Fax: (301) 386-4203
naltphle(at)aol.com

The APA (American Phlebotomy Association)


Lastly but not least, the APA (American Phlebotomy Association) is another resource for phlebotomy students to take advantage of. However, the APA does not just offer the information and assistance for students they also cater to those currently working as professionals in the field that are interested in taking their career to the next level by offering continued education courses.

Contact information for the American Phlebotomy Association:

APA
1629 K Street NW, Suite 300
Washington D.C., 20006
Email: pmintzer(at)apa2.com
Fax: 1-866-469-3688
Phone: 1-866-935-3339