Phlebotomy Association convened its first Annual Education
Conference in 1979 at Children's Hospital National Medical Center
in Washington, DC. Subsequent conferences have been held in
California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland,
Nassau, New York, and Pennsylvania.
These 1-2 day
conferences are attended by phlebotomists, nurses, pathologists,
laboratory managers, and allied health personnel. Professionals
join together in workshops, seminars, exhibits, and continuing
education programs where pertinent health related topics are
Education Conference also offers the unique opportunity for NPA to
expand its crucial role of interfacing between the phlebotomist
practitioner, the laboratory, the physician, the patient, and other
health-related professionals. The presentation and discussion of
pertinent medical subjects and social issues at this forum have
produced very positive results.
The ongoing training
program in the Metropolitan Washington, DC area has trained
more than 612 students and assisted in their placement in
health care facilities and hospitals. Phlebotomy offers a
professional status and does not require an undergraduate degree.
Minorities, single mothers, and newly graduated high school
students have been the primary recipients of this program, and the
community has been the primary recipient of highly trained, skilled
professionals, and productive citizens as well.
Our training program
is divided into classroom instruction and clinical internship. This
entire training curriculum can be purchased from NPA.
The advancement of
learning and education remains our very best hope of improving one
generation over another. Upgrading the status of phlebotomists to a
professional rank has been readily achieved during the past 25
years throughout the efforts right here in the Greater Washington
Through patience and
diligence, NPA has put into place the phlebotomy-training
curriculum at universities, colleges, and hospitals across the
country. NPA staff travels extensively to implement new programs
and administer the certification examinations. The certification
examination is also available here in Washington for those who
qualify to take the test. Carefully drawn criteria of on-the-job
training are administered.
But in terms of
numbers, our work has just begun. There are over 7,700
hospitals in the United States and nearly all of them are without
an accredited phlebotomy training program. Of the estimated one
quarter million practicing phlebotomists, only slightly more than
15,000 have been certified by the NPA.
such as HIV/AIDS statistics and projections for the future have
urgently changed priorities and timetables for many health-related
organizations. Raising public awareness, offering timely
dissemination of available information, and expanding necessary
programs are an essential and pressing priority.
NPA is a 501C3
non-profit organization. Our funding comes from certification
and recertification fees from our members, donations, Washington,
DC government agencies, and United Black Fund. These service
contracts cover only a per-unit cost for the local educational
programs and do not include administrative costs, instructions,
supplies, and office equipment.
We are presently
networking with related organizations in order to explore other
funding sources and mechanisms which might be available. A
marketing strategy that will offer information to the public,
increased awareness and visibility of professional standards, and
public safety, through associate health care programs is
Our hope of solving
the ever-present funding problem is an appeal to individuals,
businesses, corporations, foundations, and community organizations
contributions, supplies, office equipment, and services are all
equally welcome to help us reach our goals. We look
forward to greater participation from the private sector as we
strive to meet community needs.
Call us today for more
information on phlebotomy and our organization.