Phlebotomy Technician work in various health facilities namely the Hospitals, Clinics, Nursing Homes, Mobile Phlebotomy, Community Health Centers, Laboratories, Long-Term Care Centers and Blood Banks. Phlebotomy Technician are professionals that specializes in performing phlebotomy techniques that mainly focuses on drawing blood by different methods such as venipuncture and dermal puncture. The blood drawn from the patient is than used for different kinds of medical laboratory testing, transfusions, research, or blood donations. Phlebotomy Technician are required to identify the equipment and supplies required for performing the phlebotomy procedure and must carefully identify and label the sample they have drawn and enter it into a database.
Phlebotomy technician must avoid complications that can arise as a result of performing phlebotomy procedures, they must have a thorough understanding of infection control and must always ensure the cleanliness and sanitary of instruments and surrounding workspace.
Phlebotomy technicians have direct interaction with the patients and therefore must understand the concept of infection control, standard precautions, communication, basic medical terminologies, legal issues, patient privacy. They must also be able to explain the procedure to the patient. In addition to explaining the procedure the Phlebotomy technician must also prepare the patient for the procedure.
Candidates registering for the CPTS exam must qualify in (at-least 1) of the ROUTES (A or B or C) as shown below. Training and experience may be completed within united states of america or outside united states of america.
Communication with Patients.
Complete Lab Requisition Forms.
Complete Appropriate Laboratory Forms.
Providing Patient Education.
Enter Patient Data.
Enter Patient Specimen Information.
Keep Phlebotomy Station/Cart Organized.
Phlebotomy related Clerical Duties.
Ordering Supplies for Phlebotomy Procedures.
Other duties as Provided by the Facility.
Verify Test Requisition.
Verify Patient Identification.
Obtain Blood Specimens.
Perform Dermal Puncture.
Label Specimens Accurately.
Perform Bedside Tests.
Transport Specimens Samples.
Centrifuge Blood Samples.
Practice Infection Control.
CPTS Exam Test Plan
The exam content topic includes the following:
Anatomy and Physiology
Phlebotomy Supplies and Equipment
Phlebotomy Procedures and Practices
AECA believes in continuing education more frequently so that the candidate can have a constant touch with knowledge, Candidate’s are required to attend the continuing education units / credits every year to renew their certification.
Certification is required to be renewed annually.
On submitting a renewal application the candidate will receive an email with links to CEUs that must be completed and submitted online.
Fee Schedule for Renewal
Renewal Fee: $50
Certification that are expired must apply for reinstatement.
If you wish to apply to reinstate your expired certification you may proceed by submitting a reinstatement application.
Fee Schedule for Reinstatement
Expired Less than 1 Year: $99
Expired More than 1 Year but Less than 2 Years: $199