Phlebotomy Technician
Certification (PTC)

To review AMCA’s status with NCCA “Click Here” and search for American Medical Certification Association under the “Organization Name”. 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.

Role of a Phlebotomy Technician

A Phlebotomy Technician can participate in a variety of healthcare settings such as Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories, or General Medical and Surgical Hospitals. Responsibilities of a Phlebotomy Technician include drawing blood for tests, transfusions, donations, or research, explaining procedures to patients and assisting in the recovery of patients with adverse reactions.

Exam Information

  • Abbreviation: PTC
  • Total Number of questions on exam: 100
  • Allotted time for exam: 2 hours
  • Modality available: Online, Paper/Pencil
  • Live Remote Proctoring Available: Yes
  • Cost: $109.00 (Study material included)
  • AMCA PTC Exam Statistics

Competencies

  • Professionalism and Regulatory Compliance (18%)
  • Infection Control and Safety (16%) 
  • Patient Identification, Assessment and Site Preparation (17%)
  • Equipment Selection and Maintenance (10%)
  • Collection of Blood and Non-Blood Specimens (29%)
  • Specimen Processing and Transportation (10%)

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

Additional Information

If you would like to learn more about the role of a Phlebotomy Technician, please visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics or the Occupational Information Network (O*NET).

State Guidelines

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.

Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners

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 (http://www.lsbme.la.gov/) for more information on becoming a certified phlebotomist.

Additional Recommendations

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 state’s rules and regulations regarding certification requirements.

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