Phlebotomy Certification

The field of phlebotomy is ever-evolving and it is crucial for technicians to keep up with the trending industry practices and technological advancements.NHCO’s certification program offers a nationally recognized certification program that raises the bar for excellence in patient care while affording employers a pool of candidates who’ve proven their ability through certifying examination, and providing certificants with more confidence, job satisfaction, and increased employment marketability.

NHCO’s certification program is intended to:

  • Foster and promote consistent and accurate updates within the Phlebotomy industry.
  • Certify phlebotomists on a national scale with proven psychometric phlebotomy examinations offered throughout the nation through educational facilities and testing sites.

The purpose of the NHCO CPT certification is to ensure that individuals holding the professional designation of Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) from the NHCO are current in the field by keeping up with industry standards and changes, thereby demonstrating a continued commitment and devotion to the field of Phlebotomy.

NHCO CPT certification is intended for graduates of state approved Phlebotomy Training programs from private postsecondary, or higher education facilities.

NHCO Examination Blueprint – 100 scored items, 15 unscored pretest items

Order and Patient Verification: 15 Items

  • Interpret requisition forms and tube selection: 6 items
  • Verify patient information for a specific task: 5 items
  • Identify types of consent: 4 Items

Safety Protocols: 24 Items

  • Apply procedural concepts regarding PPE regulations: 5 items
  • Identify hand hygiene techniques: 3 items
  • Apply procedural concepts regarding lab standards (OSHA and HIPPA): 6 items
  • Given a scenario, apply procedural concepts regarding risk management procedures: 3 items
  • Apply procedural concepts related to maintaining clean work environment: 3 items
  • Interpret Federal, State and Local Guidelines: 4 items

Communication: 7 Items

  • Apply procedural concepts related to performing an introduction: 4 items
  • Communicate procedure to the patient: 3 items

Phlebotomy Procedures: 54 Items

  • Apply protocols required to assemble supplies and prepare environment for the draw: 6 items
  • Determine appropriate site selection on patients ranging from neonatal to adult to geriatric: 11 items
  • Compare Special Specimen procurement methods: 5 items
  • Identify skin antiseptics: 4 items
  • Apply procedural concepts when performing venipuncture using the correct order of draw: 13 items
  • Identify disposal techniques for needles and sharps: 3 items
  • Apply procedural concepts when performing post puncture care: 4 items
  • Identify Point of Care testing: 3 items
  • Apply protocols to maintain integrity of the specimen during handling and transportation: 5 items