Phlebotomy Technician Certification

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Phlebotomy Technician Certification


On August 25, 2016, the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) granted American Medical Certification Association (AMCA) accreditation to the Phlebotomy Technician Certification (PTC) for demonstrating compliance with the NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs.

Abbreviation of Certification: PTC

Fee charged for the exam: $109.00 (Study Material Included)

For more information, please view the Certification Program Outline  and Exam Blueprint.

Description and purpose of test

Phlebotomy plays a key role in laboratory testing and patient care. It is widely accepted that the quality of a laboratory test is only as good as the specimen that was collected. Due to the need to be cost effective, Phlebotomy has now become a specialized area of clinical laboratory practice. Although a hospital is a common place where a phlebotomy technician may work, clinics, acute care facilities as well as doctor’s offices are also ideal places for a phlebotomist to work.

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the expected growth for phlebotomy technicians is anticipated to be about 17% from 2019-2029.

A Phlebotomy Technician’s responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

    • Performing venipunctures*
  • Performing capillary draws*
  • Transporting specimens to the laboratory
  • Professionally interact with patients
  • Treating patients with empathy and compassion
  • Respecting a patients’ rights
  • Recognizing the need for continuing education and staying current in health care mandates

The test is comprised of 100 questions in Phlebotomy:

The breakdown is as follows: Patient care, patient ID and site prep, order and equipment selection, specimen collection/processing, safety and infection control.

Allotted time for examinees is 2 hours.

*The AMCA recommends a minimum of 30 venipunctures and 10 capillaries, upon completion of a clinical program. The laws and regulations pertaining to minimum requirements and the allied health industry vary by state. It is highly recommended that test candidates familiarize themselves with their particular states rules and regulations regarding certification requirements.

Additional Eligibility Requirements:

Candidates for Phlebotomy from the state of Louisiana must provide proof of 100 venipuncture/
25 capillary sticks or more in order to be eligible to sit for the American Medical Certification Phlebotomy exam. Please see the Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners website ( for more information on becoming a certified phlebotomist.

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