The National Healthcareer Association (NHA) is an organization that specializes in the certification of health-care professionals, including phlebotomists. In addition to providing certification exams, it also provides continuing education programs for medical personnel. Founded in 1989, the NHA is dedicated to a vision of implementing competency standards and promoting quality patient care that meets those standards. According to its Web site, it is the leader in providing preparation and certification in ten allied health professions. Their continuing education programs and certifications are, according to the NHA, “recommended and approved by colleges and health-care career programs around the country.”
To qualify for an NHA phlebotomy certification exam, you must be at least eighteen years old and have a high school diploma or equivalent. You must also have successfully completed an accredited or approved training program within the previous year or have worked as a phlebotomist for a full year. Written proof of experience from your employer must be supplied when you apply. Exams may be taken in pencil-and-paper form or on computer at a number of locations. Guidebooks are available on the NHA Web site to assist you in preparing for its exams. All exams are in English and are not available in any other languages.
If you fail the exam, you have two opportunities to retake it, though you must wait a full month between exams. If you fail three times, you must wait a year before you can take it again. A No. 2 pencil is required for the exam, though an Internet-based version of the exam is also available. Contact the NHA for details. The exam consists of 125 multiple-choice questions, and it takes two hours and ten minutes to complete. Exam results are mailed to the applicant’s home approximately thirty days after the exam is taken.
Annual recertification is available if you maintain ten credits of continuing education per year and pay $79.50 in annual dues to the NHA.