How to Get a Phlebotomy Certification

Phlebotomists are medical technicians who draw blood for medical tests, blood transfusions, blood donations, or research.[1] Phlebotomists work with doctors, nurses, hospital staff, and patients, and may perform administrative tasks like bookkeeping or answering telephones.[2] Read this article to learn how. Additional information can be found at ncca


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    Graduate from high school or pass the General Education Development (GED) exam. You will need to do either and be at least 18 years of age to be eligible for phlebotomy training. Most schools will also require you not to have any communicable diseases, to be current on your vaccinations and be able to pass a drug/background test.[3]
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    Determine which certification bodies are acknowledged in your state. There are several bodies offering a phlebotomy certificate, each with its own requirements. The most popular phlebotomy certification bodies are the: NCCA ,ASCP, AMT, NHA, ASPT, NCCT and ACA. [4] You should pursue certification with a body that is acknowledged in your state.
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    Enroll in a phlebotomy training program. There are many certified and accredited programs that offer phlebotomy training. These programs are practically preparing students for the certification exam and typically take 2-4 months to complete. Students learn about patient ethics and communication, blood sampling, and legal considerations of the practice. Be sure to find a program that offers hands-on training in addition to classroom instruction as some certification bodies may require a certain number of successful blood collections.
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    Apply for the certification exam. After having completed an accredited phlebotomy training program and have determined the preferred certification agency/agencies in your state, you will have to apply for their exam. Passing the exam will effectively make you a certified phlebotomist.
    • Be sure to keep your certification current. Every certification body requires phlebotomists to renew their certificates in a given time period (which varies depending on the body). Failing to do so may result in extra fees to re-certify. Some certification agencies will even require you to re-take the exam should you forget to renew your certification.

Renew your certification every 2 years by attending CEU from [5]


  • California and Louisiana require their phlebotomists to be certified in order to be able to practice phlebotomy. Even though a certification is not currently required in the other states, obtaining one is vital towards increasing your hiring chances as well as your salary.

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