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Registered Phlebotomy Specialist

RPS - Registered Phlebotomy Specialist

A Registered Phlebotomy Specialist (RPS) is responsible for the collection of quality samples or specimens from veins and capillaries from  the adult and pediatric patient in an effort to produce the best quality laboratory results possible.

The main focus of a phlebotomist is not only to provide qualiy patient care but also to reduce pre- analytical erros helping to support patient treatment and diagnosis. We believe that quality education must be verified by compencies and competent educators that follow specific standard phlebotomy curriculm which address common pattern of job task within the profession, since there is not a specific entity that really establish scope of practice, curriculum, clinical competencies hours and procedures guidelines nor basic and fundamental criteria for educators or instructors. Neither exist a lisenced examination by any given state for the professor. We have created what we believe is the fundamental criteria for both the educator and program curriculum and competency evaluation for the RPS members to be through a 2-part examination—Clinical and Science—to guaruntee employers that even recent graduates can perform up to the basic procedure and standards according to the basic academic knowledge proposed from our curriculum and to follow national standards according to CLSI (Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute) thus minimizing pre- analytical errors in the evolving field of phlebotomy and patient care. 

*Note: Any educator that wishes to teach in any of our validated academic institution must challenge the given feild exam .  

NCMA Academic Suggested Phlebotomy Curriculum

Total hours: 620 hours

      • 448 hours of basic science and lab practice
      • 160 hours as an intern/externship in either/or clinical laboratory setting, physician's office lab, hospital lab setting

Basic Academic Science 

      • Anatomy
      • Medical Terminology
      • Infection Control
      • Physiology
      • Pathology
      • Ethics and Law
      • Microbiology
      • Biology
      • Genetics
      • Physics
      • Communication Skills
      • Phlebotomy Pediatric
      • CLSI Standards
      • Chemistry
      • Pharmacology
      • BLS
      • AED
      • First Aid

Phlebotomy Scope of Practice Fundamental Skills

    1. Pre Analytical Errors
    2. Tourniquet
    3. Hemoconcentration
    4. Hematoma
    5. Hemolysis
    6. Vascular Access D vice
    7. Coagulation Studies
    8. Patient Identification
    9. Centrifugation
    10. Blood Culture
    11. Hematology and Routine Chemistry Blood Test
    12. Glycolysis
    13. TDM (Therapeutic Drug Monitor)
    14. Needle Stick Prevention (Biosafety)
    15. Phlebotomy Pediatric
    16. Capillary Puncture
    17. Vein Selection
    18. Most Common Blood Tubes:
        • Lavender top tube
        • Yellow top tube/bottles
        • Light Blue top tube
        • Gray top tuve
        • Gold top tube/red and gray/
        • speckle/tiger/marble/gel/sst
        • Green top tube
        • Plain red top tube

Physiology of pre-analytical special clinical protocols:

        • Test affected by pumping the fist
        • Tube inversion
        • Specimen tube material & coagulation time
        • Separation of liquid part of blood from solid part.
        • Lipemia and test affected
        • Tube orientation and closure
        • Special Analytes handling
        • Analyte Stability
        • Rejection of blood Sample

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