NCCT phlebotomy certification information

NCCT phlebotomy certification information
March 14, 2013 Phlebotomy Training Group

NCCT Application Requirements

Find the NCCT Application form here.

Obtain a GED or graduate from high school and graduate from a phlebotomy technician program that is approved by the NCCT within the past 10 years;


Have 2,080 hours of qualifying employment as a phlebotomy technician within the 10 years leading up to the application date.

All candidates who do not reside in California or Louisiana and are applying to take the PT exam, are required to download and complete the “Documentation Form: Phlebotomy Draws.

NCCT Certification

Candidates in California must download this specific “Documentation Form: Phlebotomy Draws.

Candidates in Louisiana need to download this particular “Documentation Form: Phlebotomy Draws.

Candidates who are using their work experience to qualify for the NCCT certification exam should download the “Qualifying by Experience” guide. This guide specifies what documentation and experience is necessary to apply for the exam. That said qualifications might slightly differ in states that regulate phlebotomy certification (Louisiana and California).

The cost to take the NCCT certification exam is $135. However, the agency offers students and those who graduated within six months of applying for certification a reduced fee of $90. Once the candidate registers, she will be given all the information necessary to complete the application process.

The test offered by the NCCT is multiple choice. The site offers candidates example questions to view.

Once certified, individuals must complete no less than 14 hours of approved continuing education yearly and pay a recertification fee to maintain an active status.

NCCT Certification Examination Outline

Patient Identification & Site Preparation Totals 5 to 15 Percent of the Examination

  • The Importance of Proper Patient Identification
  • Preparation Technique for Blood Collection (Order of Draw, Etc.)
  • Site Selection & Patient Preparation

Professional Issues & Quality Total 15 to 20 Percent of the Exam

  • Accuracy in Patient Care Including Quality Control
  • Scope of the Practice of Phlebotomy
  • Professional Development of Communication & Interpersonal Skills
  • Patient Bill of Rights (AHA)
  • Legalities Related to Phlebotomy
  • Quality Assurance

Problems Related to Collection & Corrections Totals 15 to 25 Percent of the Exam

  • Complications & Risks
  • Anticoagulation & Coagulation
  • Corrective Actions
  • Pre-Analytical Sources of Errors in Samples

Infection Control & Safety Totals 15 to 25 Percent of the Exam

  • Standards & Regulations Set Forth by OSHA
  • Universal Precautions
  • Containment of Infectious Disease
  • Disposal of Contaminated Materials

Equipment Selection & Orders Totals 15 to 20 Percent of the Exam

  • Safety Devices Related to Phlebotomy
  • Microsampling & Venipuncture Equipment
  • Diagnostic Tests for the Major Body Systems
  • Order of Draw/Color Codes
  • Additives in Evacuated Tubes

Anatomy & Medical Terminology Totals 10 to 15 Percent of the Exam

  • Lab Tests & Abbreviations
  • Basic Word Roots
  • Prefixes
  • Suffixes
  • Circulatory System
  • Major Body Systems & Their Functions

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