The cost of phlebotomy certification is reasonable, although the cost varies depending on whether you are seeking a certificate from a trade organization or from the state in which you wish to practice. Here’s a look at some of the current fees.
State of California
In the State of California, phlebotomists are tested and certified by the State Department of Public Health. The fee to take the phlebotomy certificate exam is currently $54. The requirements for the state include class room education, clinical or practical training and at least 50 successful venipunctures on “real patients”.
American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians
Outside of California, certificates from the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians are usually acceptable. However, legislation changes frequently. The reason that most employers and most states recognize APST certificates is because of the requirements for taking the exam.
Wherever you live, check with your state first to find out what the requirements are to practice. If you are currently working in or attending school in the state, your employer or your teachers should be able to direct you.
Assuming the ASPT qualifications and exam are acceptable, the cost of phlebotomy certification is $55 plus a membership fee. You must be a member in order to take the test. You need not pass the test in order to become a member. Members receive a lapel pin, as well as a certificate.
National Healthcareer Association
The National Healthcareer Association (NHA) was created not just for someone interested in working as a phlebotomist. The organization was created to help ensure that all laboratory personnel met minimum requirements and had the skills necessary to perform their duties.
Currently, most states do not require licensing for phlebotomists. But many employers do require a phlebotomy certification before they will hire a new employee.
On the job training was standard procedure until recently. Now most community colleges offer some kind of program to provide training and complete education in this important healthcare field.
The cost of phlebotomy certification through the NHA is $105, more costly than some others but the certificate may be recognized in more places than the ASPT exam. There is no reason that you cannot have more than one certification.
You might not need two certifications but the extra paper could help you advance your career or ensure that you do not have to take another test before you can get the job of your choice.
National Center for Competency Testing
The National Center for Competency Testing or the NCCT is one of the few organizations that offers a special lower cost of phlebotomy certification for those who are currently students and for those who have graduated within the last six months.