Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant

Phlebotomy Technician Certification (CPT)

Enter a thriving field and serve a vital role in the healthcare industry as a Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT).

Hospitals, laboratories and other employers have an increasing demand for phlebotomists. Most seek, and many require, a professional certification. With a CPT certification, you’ll have the credentials you need to set yourself apart from other applicants as you embark on a rewarding healthcare career. As more employers require phlebotomy certifications, a CPT will help improve your marketability in a growing and rewarding field.

As a Phlebotomy Technician, you may perform some or all of the following tasks:

  • Draw blood from patients and blood donors
  • Evaluate patients’ ability to withstand procedure
  • Explain blood-drawing procedure to patients and answer questions
  • Perform basic point of care testing, such as blood glucose levels
  • Prepare blood, urine and other specimens for testing
  • Verify patient/donor identity
  • Maintain medical equipment such as needles, test tubes and blood vials

Phlebotomy Technicians are critical team members at hospitals, diagnostic laboratories and blood donor centers. As advancements in medical technology rise, it’s an especially exciting time to begin a career in this thriving field. Earning your Phlebotomy Technician Certification (CPT) certification from NHA can give employers confidence in your skills and abilities. Set yourself up for success and reach your career goals in the rewarding healthcare industry.

“NHA certifications tell an employer that a graduate is well-prepared and ready to do a good job.” — Deb Miller, Director of Grants Development, Roane State

Updated CPT Test Plan Now Available

At NHA we are dedicated to providing access to personal and professional improvement- directly impacting better patient care. With the help of numerous subject matter experts in the field, we have conducted a nationwide Job Analysis to ensure we are accurately testing the most current and relevant competencies necessary to ensure proficiency in the phlebotomy technician profession.

As a result of this extensive Job Analysis, an updated detailed test plan* for the CPT exam is now available here and a summary of the updates available here.

You can also access an exam crosswalk here.

New Preparation Materials Available in the Fall:

These contemporary online study materials include features such as:

  • More online practice tests to build confidence and comprehension
  • Six adaptive learning modules to address all types of learners
  • Improved analytics capturing more data around usage and quiz scoring to help track progress

Updated Exam Released in late 2017:
Besides an increased focus on patient safety, the role of a phlebotomy technician has seen only minor shifts in responsibilities. Our exam has been updated with minimal impact to domains and content areas.

*You should continue to leverage current CPT certification preparation materials until further notice. Please check this page regularly for updates and additional information.

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