National Credential
Credential: NHA-Certified Phlebotomy Technician (NHA-CPT)  In-Demand resource  GI Bill resource  NCCA resource
Credentialing Agency: National Healthcareer Association (NHA)

The National Healthcareer Association (NHA), Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) is an entry-level certification for clinical team members at hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, and blood donor centers. A Phlebotomy Technician is a health care professional responsible for the collection and handling of blood specimens used in diagnosing and tracking illnesses, drug testing, or other health-related areas requiring a blood sample. Candidates must take a written exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 2 years

NHA-Certified Phlebotomy Technician (NHA-CPT)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 68C Practical Nursing Specialist MOS some          
Enlisted 68N Cardiovascular Specialist MOS some          
Enlisted 68S Preventive Medicine Specialist MOS some          
Enlisted 68V Respiratory Specialist MOS some          
Enlisted 68W Combat Medic Specialist MOS some          
Enlisted F2 Critical Care Flight Paramedic ASI most          
Enlisted M5 Nuclear Medicine Specialist ASI some          
Enlisted N4 Health Physics Specialist ASI some          
Enlisted W1 Special Operations Combat Medic (SOCOM) ASI some          

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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NHA-Certified Phlebotomy Technician (NHA-CPT)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 1 year
  • Education: High School Diploma/GED
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 2 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

National Healthcareer Association (NHA)
11161 Overbrook Road
Leawood, KS  66211
Phone: (913) 661-5592
Fax: (913) 661-6291

NHA-Certified Phlebotomy Technician (NHA-CPT)

Candidate must have a high school diploma or an equivalent (if documents are not in English, a translation into English from a translation service approved in the United States for legal or government documents must be available upon request).

Candidates must be able to provide evidence that he/she has successfully performed a minimum of 30 venipunctures and 10 capillary sticks on live individuals.

Option 1: Training Program - Candidates must successfully complete a training program in the health field covered by the NHA certification exam offered by an accredited or state-recognized institution or provider.

Option 2: Military - Formal medical services training in the health field covered by the NHA certification exam offered by any branch of the U.S. Military fulfills the Training Program.

Option 3: Candidates must have at least one one year of supervised work experience in the health field covered by the NHA certification exam within the past three years.

Note: Candidates whose date of graduation or completion from their training program is five years or more prior to the date of application, must have relevant work experience.

The NHA-Certified Phlebotomy Technician (NHA-CPT) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidates certified by the NHA are expected to abide by and follow the NHA Code of Ethics.

NHA-Certified Phlebotomy Technician (NHA-CPT)

  • Patient Preparation
    • Conduct appropriate introduction to the patient
    • Explain the phlebotomy procedure to be performed to the patient
    • Review the requisition for testing requirements and patient identity
    • Receive implied or informed consent from the patient
    • Positively identify the patient
    • Determine appropriate site for sample requirement
    • Select a site that minimizes patient risk
    • Determine venipuncture site accessibility based on patient age and condition
    • Apply appropriate antiseptic agent using aseptic technique
    • Verify patient compliance with testing requirements (e.g., fasting, medication, basal state)
  • Collection Techniques
    • Primary Collections
    • Special Collections
  • Processing
    • Label all specimens
    • Perform quality control for CLIA-waived procedures
    • Transport specimens based on handling requirements (e.g.,temperature, light, time)
    • Explain non-blood, specimen collection procedures to patients (e.g., stool, urine, semen, sputum)
    • Handle patient-collected, non-blood specimens
    • Avoid pre-analytical errors when collecting blood specimens (e.g., QNS, hemolysis)
    • Adhere to chain of custody guidelines when required (e.g., forensic studies, blood alcohol, drug screen)
    • Prepare samples for transportation to a reference (outside) laboratory
    • Coordinate communication between non-laboratory personnel for processing and collection
    • Use technology to input and retrieve specimen data
    • Report critical values for point of care testing
    • Distribute laboratory results to ordering providers
  • Safety and Compliance Considerations
    • Adhere to regulations regarding workplace safety (e.g., OSHA, NIOSH)
    • Adhere to regulations regarding operational standards (e.g., JCAHO, CLSI)
    • Adhere to HIPAA regulations regarding Protected Health Information (PHI)
    • Follow exposure control plans in the event of occupational exposure
    • Follow transmission based precautions (e.g., iatrogenic, airborne, droplet, contact)
    • Wear personal protective equipment while following standard precautions (e.g., gloves, gowns, masks, shoe covers)
    • Sanitize hands to prevent the spread of infections
    • Initiate first aid when necessary
    • Initiate CPR when necessary

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the NHA-Certified Phlebotomy Technician (NHA-CPT) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing for this credential is handled by PSI. The test centers are located in the U.S.

To find out more, use the following links on the PSI website:

For more information on the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) testing process, visit the agency website.

NHA-Certified Phlebotomy Technician (NHA-CPT)

Renewal Period: 2 years

The NHA-Certified Phlebotomy Technician (NHA-CPT) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The NHA-CPT is renewed every 2 years; renewal requires earning continuing education units and paying a fee. More information about renewing NHA credentials is available on the NHA Renewal page.