Certification in Phlebotomy

Certification in Phlebotomy

In the United States, only California and Louisiana require certification and a state license for anyone who wants to practice phlebotomy.

For those who want to be a professional phlebotomist, though, it is essential to have a certification in phlebotomy. Certification lends more credibility to the phlebotomist and will also allow the phlebotomist to qualify for higher pay. It is even more important to those who are not coming from any of the related medical professions, such as being a nurse or a medical assistant.

There are four organizations that provide a certification in phlebotomy:

These organizations have varying requirements for certification in phlebotomy. The only common requirement is completion of high school (diploma) or equivalent (GED).

The accompanying requirements are usually a combination of (a) possessing a certification in phlebotomy and (b) actual clinical experience.

The ASCP-BOC, for instance, has 6 different routes to choose from to qualify to take the exams for certification in phlebotomy. If you're a registered nurse (RN) or a licensed practical nurse (LPN) with actual lab experience in an accredited lab with at least 100 unaided successful blood collections, you are already qualified to take the exams for certification in phlebotomy without completing a formal phlebotomy training program.

The NCCT requires either a phlebotomy technician program certification from an accredited school or 1 year (2080 hours) full-time employment or part time equivalent as a phlebotomy technician within the last ten years.

AMT requires completion of a phlebotomy program from an organization accredited by the US Department of Education or an acceptable program from an institution approved by the Regional Accrediting Commission or by a national accrediting organization approved by the US Department of Education.

The NHA requires only a recently successful phlebotomy training program or a 1 year work experience with a minimum of 30 venipunctures and 10 capillary sticks.

Below are the testing fees of the 4 certifying organizations:

ASCP-BOC - $125

NCCT - Student, $90 (if graduating within the next 6 months)

             - Regular, $135

AMT - $83

NHA - $105

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