September 24, 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.