How Do I Get Certified in Phlebotomy?
The field of allied health care has expanded tremendously during the last several years. This expansion has increased career opportunities for many that previously only dreamed of contributing to the health care of others. On the other hand, this expansion has lead to great variability in the quality of care available. As the need for professionals increased, particularly in allied health positions, the standards of service delivery and technical knowledge and skills were sometimes lowered, or at best, not comparable from institution to institution. In response to these phenomena, many of the allied health fields organized professional organizations to promote training and high standards of service delivery. These organizations also established mechanisms for recognizing those who had achieved acceptable levels of performance and assuring comparable standards among institutions. The National Phlebotomy Association (NPA) created the industry in 1978 in Washington, DC. NPA provides a certification examination in the field of phlebotomy and maintains a Board of Registry of all those who successfully complete the certification process. Certification by NPA has the same prestige and benefits for the Phlebotomist as does certification by any other professional organization for its members. Certification by NPA will aid in job placement for Phlebotomists and the general level and quality of phlebotomy care will be enhanced.
Those who should consider Phlebotomy Certification include:
- Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA)
- Medical Assistantsc(MA)
- Registered Nurse (RN)
- Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
- Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT)