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).

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 Task Analysis (JTA) 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 is available here.

Updated Preparation Materials Available October 4, 2017:

These contemporary online study materials have been enhanced to accommodate multiple types of learners and include features such as:

  • Module quizzes to reinforce learning
  • Audio narration within each module
  • Reading tracker highlighting text as it's spoken aloud
  • Enhanced clickable and interactive graphics for adaptive learning
  • Drag and drop exercises for kinesthetic learners
  • Three unique online practice tests to build confidence and comprehension

Updated Exam to Release on December 13, 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 and will not cause any interruption to exam scoring. You can find the exam crosswalk here.

If you have test dates scheduled now through December 12th, you can continue to use the current study materials available. 


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

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