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What is the NCCT

What is the NCCT?

The National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) is the credentialing organization responsible for testing and certifying professional healthcare roles. After training from an accredited program is completed, an exam is administered and must be passed to become a certified phlebotomy technician (CPT). Here's everything you need to know about the NCCT and the NCPT.
Theranos

Theranos Case Study: Where the Line Was Crossed

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By now, you’ve likely heard of the Theranos incident involving Elizabeth Holmes. It goes down as one of the all-time failures in the phlebotomy technology industry. It wasn’t all that long ago that Holmes, the founder of Theranos, appeared on covers of Time Magazine, showcased as one of the most promising business icons of this generation. The tables have turned, however—let’s take a look.
summer phlebotomy courses

Summer Phlebotomy Courses are Easier Than You Think

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Have you considered taking a phlebotomy course over the Summer? Many people think about it but are then intimidated by the perceived commitment it takes to go through a course and achieve NCCT phlebotomy certification. Did you know that a phlebotomy course could fill just one-third of your Summer? Let's explore why Summer phlebotomy courses are easier than most people think.
Phlebotomy Externship

Phlebotomy Externship FAQ

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Considering pursuing a career in phlebotomy? You will likely partake in a phlebotomy externship before receiving official certification. Many people are unsure what exactly a phlebotomy externship entails. Let’s take a look at some frequently asked questions.
education for phlebotomist

Is Education for Phlebotomist Jobs Worth it?

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Are you interested in becoming a phlebotomist, but unsure about the educational requirements? Let’s take a look at whether or not education is worth it to enter the field of phlebotomy.
phlebotomy principles

Basic Phlebotomy Principles

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If you are considering entering the field of phlebotomy, it is a good idea to learn about the underlying phlebotomy principles first. We will provide a brief overview of infection control, anatomy and physiology, puncture site selection and preparation, order of draw, and post-puncture care.
Venipuncture

What does Venipuncture Mean?

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If you are familiar with medical terminology, then you’ve likely heard of “venipuncture.” It plays a key role in the world of phlebotomy. Let’s take a closer look at what venipuncture truly means, the basic steps in the venipuncture process, common venipuncture equipment, and the various withdrawal sites.
phlebotomist certification requirements

What are the Phlebotomist Certification Requirements?

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Interested in becoming a certified phlebotomist? There are various requirements, depending on the state you plan on practicing in. This article will focus on the state of California. Let’s take a look at phlebotomist certification, training and certifying programs, and requirements for all three license types.
CDPH Laboratory Field Services

CDPH Laboratory Field Services Overview

The LFS is made up of 5 sections, including Laboratory Licensing and Registration, Personnel Licensing, Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment, On-Site Licensing, and Blood and Tissue Bank Licensing and Cytology Surveillance. Let’s take a look at these divisions and the LFS organization as a whole.
Phlebotomy license requirements

State of California Phlebotomy License Requirements

The state of California requires that all Phlebotomy Technicians or Phlebotomists who work in California hold a current California Phlebotomy License. There are various phlebotomy license requirements that must be met before and while holding a license. We shall delve into what is required for different license applications, and how to keep your license valid after successfully achieving certification.
Phlebotomy Training Program

Choosing the Right Phlebotomy Training Program

Kicking off your Phlebotomy career can be stressful—we get it. Choosing the right educational program can make, or in some cases, break your experience. We want to ensure you decide on the program that best fits your needs. Let’s examine a few phlebotomy training programs around the San Diego region.
blood drawing needle

New Blood Drawing Needle Promises Less Painful Venipuncture Procedure

Hospitals and health clinics around the country are beginning to use a new venipuncture device designed to improve patient comfort and reduce speed required to draw blood for testing.