July 24, 2017

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.