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In an effort to continually provide the best in certification exams to ensure practitioner competency and safe patient care several NHA certification exams are being updated and will replace existing exams in throughout 2012.


Test plan

Anticipated exam release date

Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) – ExCPT

Pharmacy Technician (CPhT)

Released 2011

Phlebotomy Technician (CPT)

Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) (link)

Released March 2012

EKG Technician (CET)

EKG Technician

Released March 2012

Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA)

Medical Administrative Assistant (link)

Summer 2012

Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)

Clinical Medical Assistant (link)


Patient Care Technician (CPCT)

Patient Care Technician (link)


Electronic Health Record Specialist (CEHRS)

Electronic Health Record Specialist (link)


Why new exams?
It is important as job duties and expectations evolve that we regularly complete job analysis surveys and make adjustments to our exams to ensure they adequately reflect the job responsibilities and expectations of employees in these roles. In 2010 and 2011 job analysis surveys were completed. The results of these surveys were used to update the test plans for each certification exam. Based on the updated test plans we work with subject matter experts to write new questions for each test, and subsequently release the new exams.  The updated exams will not only be more in line with actual job practice, we believe the quality of the questions will be significantly improved as well.

New test plans/study materials
To effectively prepare for the new exams the new test plans and updated study materials should be leveraged. Exams taken prior to the new exam release should leverage the current test plans and study materials. Exams taken after the new exam release will leverage new study materials.
Updated test plans are available – click here.
NHA is proud to partner with ATI Allied Health, one of the nation’s most innovative allied health online education and remediation companies. ATI Allied Health offers innovative certification exam Study Guide Tutorials delivered via its Health Education Portal, an online resource that uses the best of Internet-based learning technology to provide an optimum learning experience. The Health Education Portal engages students through rich animation, video and other interactive tools, which assist their learning and knowledge retention. These capabilities accommodate different learning styles, improving student comprehension and retention, ultimately leading to better certification exam results.

Study Guide Tutorials


  • Instructional lessons, practice drills and review questions
  • Aligned to certification test plans
  • Audio and video introductions, case studies and summaries
  • Online practice assessments with rationales assess basic comprehension and mastery of key principles
  • Focused Review® remediation which directs students based on assessment results to content  they still need to master
  • Built-in progress-tracking feature for educators and students to keep abreast of progress
  • Much more engaging than typical printed materials


Now available:
Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT)
Certified Billing & Coding Specialist (CBCS)
Certified EKG Technician (CET)
Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT)


In development:
Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA)
Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)
Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT)
Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist (CEHRS)