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News and Updates
The following page contains our latest important news and updates.

New Time Limit on Phlebotomy Technician Exam
As of 4/1/2015, the Phlebotomy Technician test will be a 3 hour exam. The additional time is necessary because NCCT has added 15 randomly placed, unscored (ungraded) pretest questions to determine whether they should be used on future test forms. This will not affect examinee scores in any way. It will just make NCCT tests better! Please let all your phlebotomy instructors and students know!

New ECG Technician Exam Release
NCCT is pleased to announce the release of its updated National Certified ECG Technician (NCET) certification examination, which will replace the current examination on April 17, 2015. NCCT needs as many qualified candidates as possible to take the new certification exam within the first two weeks of release, so we are offering a great incentive package for those who do. Applicants scheduled to sit for an NCET certification exam between April 17 and May 1 will receive,
  • A free NCET online practice test
  • One year recertification fee with 14 CH of online continuing education courses
  • An NCCT thermal coffee mug
Don’t miss out on these great incentives. Contact our customer service department at 800.875.4404 for more information on this great offer.

Eligibility Changes
NCCT eligibility routes are undergoing some changes beginning March 30, 2015! To qualify for testing through eligibility Routes 1 (education), 2 (experience), or 3 (military), applicants will need to ensure their qualifying education or experience is less than five years old. This is standard practice in healthcare certification, as job tasks change very rapidly. And since more than 99% of all NCCT examinees qualify for certification testing through one of these three routes, our others (Routes 4-6) will no longer be offered. Currently submitted applications will be processed using the requirements effective when submitted, but applications received on or after March 30th will be processed with the changes.

ICD-10-CM Update for Insurance and Coding Specialist Programs and Examinees
As you may be aware, new legislation has pushed the ICD-10 compliance deadline to October 2015 at the earliest. This poses a dilemma for both schools and certifying bodies.

Insurance and coding programs using NCCT certification know we update the ICD and CPT codes in our National Certified Insurance and Coding Specialist (NCICS) certification examination and review products on July 1st annually. To accommodate our customers’ needs in light of this new legislation, our NCICS exam updates for 2014 will include both 2014 CPT codes and the candidate’s choice of either ICD-9 or ICD-10 codes on separate exams. Either way, both will earn the same NCICS certification.

Click here for detailed information regarding a minor change to the application process for NCICS examinees and information about test formats and review materials.

WANTED: Subject Matter Experts!
NCCT is looking for subject matter experts in all of the disciplines it tests. These experts will fill many important roles for the NCCT certification examinations. If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information on the different volunteer options, click here.
Surgical technologists,
click here.

New CE Courses
The following new 2015 CE courses are now available
  • 2015 CPT Codes Update - 5 clock hours
  • A Review of Arterial Blood Gases - 1 clock hour
  • Ebola and Other Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers - 3 clock hours
  • Safe Work Practices for Healthcare Professionals - 3 clock hours
For more information on these new courses click here.

The Center for Excellence in Education & CPI® Certification
The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) is an employee development initiative formed by the Imagine America Foundation and MaxKnowledge, Inc., a leading training provider in the career college sector of higher education. It offers comprehensive, customizable training solutions designed to improve employee performance and institutional outcomes. 

Coursework includes a comprehensive faculty development program for career college instructors, including basic orientation for new instructors and performance boosters for experienced instructors. The program provides each instructor, including those that are adjunct/part-time, at the participating career college with 12 hours of training and continuing education per year.

The CEE’s faculty development program objectives for instructors are aligned with the instructor job tasks (competency standards) identified by NCCT for its Certified Postsecondary Instructor® (CPI) certification examination. CEE also offers annual continuing education programs that are acceptable for CPI annual recertification.

For more information about CEE career college subscriptions and/or taking CE courses, go to www.iaf-cee.org.

Attention California Phlebotomists!
Questions about obtaining or renewing your CA state certification? Go to the LFS website or call 510-620-3800 for assistance.

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