The NCCT phlebotomy certification is one of the things that employers look at when reviewing applications from phlebotomists. The certificate means that the phlebotomist has completed enough work in the field to be allowed to take the test, has passed the test successfully and keeps up with continuing education requirements.
NCCT (the National Center for Competency Testing) is one of the only organizations that require phlebotomists to complete continuing education courses in order to keep their certifications current. According to the most recent figures, over 150,000 phlebotomists are certified through the NCCT. Here’s how you can qualify to take the test.
Graduate from High School or Get Your GED
All recognized phlebotomy certification testing organizations require that applicants have graduated from high school or have passed a GED test administered by their state’s department of education. The NCCT is no different. All applicants must be high school grads or have the equivalent diploma.
Qualifying Experience & Documentation
If you have qualifying full-time employment for one full year and you have completed at least 25 venipunctures and a minimum of 5 capillary draws, you may qualify to take the exam. There are some additional requirements for specific states.
In order to take the NCCT phlebotomy certification test in California, you need 50 venipunctures and 10 capillary draws. If you live in Louisiana, you need 100 venipunctures and 25 capillary draws. Florida also has specific requirements. Since state legislation can change at any time, you should always take the time to learn about the laws in your state.
There are many colleges throughout the country that offer phlebotomy courses. Most community colleges, some trade schools, some national universities and online schools are among the options for getting a formal phlebotomy education.
If you have completed an approved phlebotomy program or course accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education or approved by your state’s department of education, you are eligible to take the NCCT phlebotomy certification test. If you have completed the program within the last six months, you can take the test for a reduced fee.
You can download the application online or contact the National Center for Competency Testing at 913-498-1000. The toll free phone number is 1-800-875-4404. The address is 7007 College Boulevard, Suite 705, Overland Park, KS, 66211.
Along with the application, you should include whatever documentation you need to prove that you are qualified to take the NCCT phlebotomy certification exam. The guide for qualifying by experience can also be downloaded at the NCCT’s website.
Pay the Fee
You should include the test fee with the application. The fee is $90 for students, that is those who have completed an approved phlebotomy education program within the last six months. The fee for non-students is $135. The fee for continuing education classes is $6 per credit hour, far less than what you would be charged by a community college.
Now you know how you can qualify to take the NCCT phlebotomy certification test. Remember that certifications help you get hired.