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The State of Kentucky does not require Phlebotomy Certification, but it is preferred by many employers. Military Veterans who have 68K working experience can apply that experience towards Phlebotomy Certification.  This includes all who have completed phlebotomy training during U.S. military service within the last 5 years, or military members (or spouses) who can verify one year of full-time experience as a phlebotomy practitioner within the last 5 years.

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Phlebotomy Certification Examination Eligibility and Details

There are several organizations that offer phlebotomy certifications via examination, and each has its own eligibility requirements. Most certification organizations require that you fulfill the following:

  • Hold a high school diploma or GED

  • Completion of a phlebotomy training program within the last 2-5 years that fulfills certain requirements (minimum number of classroom training and clinical lab hours, etc.)

  • Some professional / military work experience in the field may be required (usually 6 months to one year)

  • A minimum number of venipunctures and skin punctures performed on human subjects

  • Reciprocity from another certifying agency

  • Payment of the examination fee (anywhere from $90 to $150)

 

There may be specific eligibility requirements for several distinct phlebotomist groups. For example, the National Center for Competency Testing breaks out their certification eligibility requirements and pricing by the following:

  • Current Students / Graduates – This category includes students enrolled in an approved phlebotomy training program, or those who have graduated from a program within the last 5 years.

  • Experienced Technicians – This refers to those who can verify one year of full-time experience as a phlebotomy practitioner within the last 5 years.

  • Military – This includes all who have completed phlebotomy training during U.S. military service within the last 5 years, or military members (or spouses) who can verify one year of full-time experience as a phlebotomy practitioner within the last 5 years.

 

It's important to review all the eligibility requirements of the organization you choose to become certified by, as they can vary.

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Organizations That Offer Phlebotomy Certification

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What Is the Phlebotomy Examination Like?

Students are typically given 2-3 hours to complete the phlebotomy certification examination. The test consists of around 100-150 multiple choice questions. Exam topics will cover several aspects of phlebotomy, from infection control to collection procedures to specimen handling and transportation. For example, the National Certified Phlebotomy Technician Test through the National Center for Competency Testing (NCPT) breaks the exam into the following categories:

  • Quality and Professional Issues

  • Infection Control and Safety

  • Orders and Equipment Selection

  • Patient ID and Site Preparation

  • Collections

  • Problems and Correction

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If You Require Training or Experience

You can enroll in a 4 month Phlebotomy training program or get on-the-job experience.

Search for Kentucky Phlebotomy Technician Programs

Get information on Phlebotomy Technician programs by entering your zip code and request enrollment information. FIND KY SCHOOLS

The Phlebotomist Certificate at BCTC can be completed in one semester

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Graduation Requirements:

  1. 25% or more of Total Certificate Credit Hours must be earned at BCTC.

  2. Cumulative GPA must be 2.0 or higher.

 

Additional Information

  • Students must meet with the Phlebotomy Coordinator, prior to enrollment in the first PHB course. 

  • A competency level of successful completion of RDG 30 Reading for the College Classroom (3 credit hours) must be attained prior to starting PHB 100 Phlebotomy.

  • See the program website for more information about the costs and time requirements for this certificate.

For your convenience, you can access the steps below via a PDF

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