American Medical Technologists (AMT) Certification
The AMT certification for Patient Care Technicians is called the Registered Phlebotomy Technician (RPT).
To be eligible for the RPT certification, candidates must have a high school diploma or equivalent, complete a formal phlebotomy training program, and have at least 1,040 hours of work experience as a phlebotomist.
The RPT exam covers the following areas:
Patient Care Techniques: This section covers patient care procedures such as bathing, grooming, dressing, feeding, transferring, and ambulation, as well as providing comfort measures and maintaining patient safety.
Venipuncture Techniques: Candidates are tested on their ability to perform venipuncture, including blood collection, specimen handling, and related safety and infection control procedures.
Specimen Processing and Handling: This area focuses on the proper handling, storage, and transport of specimens, as well as related safety and infection control procedures.
Regulatory Compliance: Candidates are tested on their knowledge of federal and state regulations related to phlebotomy and patient care.
The RPT exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions, and candidates have 2 hours to complete the test. The exam is administered in a computer-based format at an approved testing center.
The AMT provides study materials to help candidates prepare for the RPT exam, including an exam content outline, study guide, and practice tests. Candidates can also use additional resources such as textbooks, online tutorials, and practice exams from other sources to supplement their preparation.
The cost to take the RPT exam is $120 for AMT members and $135 for non-members.
Candidates will receive their exam results within 2-4 weeks after the exam date. If you pass the exam, you will be awarded the RPT certification, which demonstrates your competence and skill in phlebotomy and patient care.
What are the benefits of the CPCT/A certification?
The Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant (CPCT/A) certification, offered by the AMCA , provides several benefits for healthcare professionals, including:
Professional Recognition: Obtaining the RPT certification demonstrates that you have met national standards for knowledge and skills in phlebotomy and patient care. This recognition can help you stand out among other job candidates and showcase your commitment to providing quality patient care.
Increased Job Opportunities: Many healthcare employers prefer or require certification for phlebotomy and patient care technician positions. Holding an RPT certification can increase your chances of being hired and open up more job opportunities in various healthcare settings, such as hospitals, clinics, diagnostic labs, and blood donation centers.
Higher Earning Potential: Certified professionals often have a higher earning potential compared to their non-certified counterparts. Employers may be willing to pay more for certified phlebotomy and patient care technicians who have demonstrated their expertise and competence in the field.
Improved Patient Care: The RPT certification ensures that you have the necessary knowledge and skills to provide safe and effective phlebotomy and patient care. This can lead to improved patient outcomes, increased patient satisfaction, and a better overall healthcare experience.
Professional Development: Preparing for and obtaining the RPT certification can enhance your knowledge and skills in phlebotomy and patient care, making you a more competent and confident healthcare professional. Additionally, maintaining your certification through continuing education helps you stay up-to-date with industry trends and best practices.
Networking Opportunities:Being certified by the AMT connects you with a network of other certified healthcare professionals, allowing you to share experiences, learn from others, and expand your professional network.
Increased Confidence: Achieving the RPT certification can boost your confidence in your abilities as a phlebotomy and patient care technician, helping you perform your job more effectively and providing better care to your patients.
RPT Certification Renewal
To maintain your RPT certification, you must complete at least 30 Continuing Education (CE) credits every three years and pay a recertification fee. The AMT provides access to CE resources and allows you to track your CE credits online.