American Society for Clinical Pathology

American Society for Clinical Pathology

The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) is, according to its Web site, "the world's largest society of pathologists and laboratory professionals." It offers both education programs and professional certification. Branches of the ASCP include the American Board of Pathology, the College of American Pathologists, and the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Certification programs include certification for phlebotomy technicians and donor phlebotomists (phlebotomists who work with blood donors). The phlebotomy certification program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

The ASCP provides a study guide for certification examinations, which can be ordered from its Web site for $85 ($65 for registered members). The guide includes sample questions with answers and explanations of those answers. The application fee for the phlebotomy technician exam is $125. To qualify for the exam, you will need a high school degree or equivalent. You will also need one of the following: completion of a NAACLS-approved phlebotomy program or a phlebotomy program approved by the California Department of Public Health within the last five years; completion of an acceptable two-part formal structured phlebotomy program in the United States or Canada or an accredited laboratory within the last five years; completion of one year of full-time acceptable work experience as a phlebotomy technician in an accredited laboratory within the last five years including venipunctures and skin punctures; or successful completion of RN, LPN, or other acceptable accredited allied health professional/occupational education, including phlebotomy training and orientation in an accredited laboratory, with 100 successful, unaided blood collections using venipuncture and skin puncture. For all of the preceding, you may substitute MT/MLS (ASCP) or MLT (ASCP) certification; or DPT (ASCP) certification and a minimum performance of 100 successful, unaided non-donor blood collections including venipunctures and skin punctures in an accredited laboratory within the last five years.

The donor phlebotomy certification exam also costs $125 and requires one of the following: PBT (ASCP) certification and 25 successful donor collections in the United States, Canada or an accredited laboratory within the last year; high school graduation (or equivalent) and completion of an acceptable donor phlebotomy structured program within The Joint Commission or CAP-accredited institution, with 50 successful donor collections in the United States, Canada or an accredited laboratory within the last two years; high school graduation (or equivalent) and completion of one year of full-time acceptable experience as a donor phlebotomy technician in an accredited facility in the United States, Canada or an accredited laboratory within the last two years; or high school graduation (or equivalent) and successful completion of RN, LPN, or other accredited allied health professional/occupational education, with donor phlebotomy training including 50 successful donor collections in the United States, Canada or an accredited laboratory.

Continuing education programs are available, as well as periodic recertification exams.

Last Updated: 08/20/2013

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