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

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.

Reminder for Insurance and Coding Specialist Programs and Test Sites
Don't Forget! On July 1st each year, the NCCT Insurance and Coding Specialist certification examination and review materials are updated with current codes. This means that on July 1st of this year, any questions with CPT or ICD-9 codes that changed in 2012 will be updated with the 2013 changes. On the certification exam, typically only one or two test questions are affected.

If you have any questions regarding this update, please contact your testing representative.

Recertification Update – Effective March 12, 2013
In efforts to contain recertification costs and be a friend to the environment, NCCT will discontinue the routine mailing of NCCT transcripts and Outside CE Transcript Addendums beginning March 12, 2013. Upon completion of the recertification requirements, a letter including the updated identification card will be mailed. If you are still in need of your NCCT transcript, it will be available online.

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Discounted Military Rate
NCCT appreciates the work of the brave men and women who serve to protect our country. That’s why we are proud to offer a discounted military rate for certification testing. Military personnel and qualifying active military dependents can test at the student rate of $90 (Tech in Surgery – Certified discounted rate is $155). Military personnel must qualify based on their documented training for the desired discipline and their DD-214 or SMART transcript must be no older than ten years. Active military dependents must qualify through one of our existing routes of eligibility and provide a copy of their active military dependent ID card. Click here to get started.

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 Technology experts click here.

New CE Courses
The following new 2014 CE courses are now available
  • Diabetes – Truths and Misconceptions - 3 clock hours
  • A Review of the Respiratory System - 3 clock hours
  • HIV & AIDS-The Anatomy of A Pandemic - 5 clock hours
  • Eating Disorders - 1 clock hour
  • Anxiety Disorders - 3 clock hours
  • Bipolar Disorders in Children & Adolescents - 2 clock hours
  • Bipolar Disorders in Adults - 2 clock hours
  • Depression 2014 - 3 clock hours
  • The Structures and Functions of the Integumentary System - 2 clock hours
  • 2014 CPT Codes Update - 5 clock hours
  • The “What Ifs” of Venipuncture - 3 clock hours

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

New Phlebotomy FAQ Resource!
  • Is it acceptable to draw blood without orders?
  • What are the effects of underfilling heparin tubes?
  • How long should you wait after the patient receives a transfusion before drawing blood?
Answers to these and hundreds more of the most commonly asked questions on specimen collection are now available in Blood Specimen Collection FAQs. This 376-page soft cover reference book provides authoritative answers to nearly 300 of the most commonly asked phlebotomy questions. Published by the Center for Phlebotomy Education, every answer in this reference is highly researched and reflects the current CLSI standards, OSHA guidelines, and published literature. This book was researched and co-edited by Dennis J. Ernst MT(ASCP), Director of the Center for Phlebotomy Education.
Click here for more information and for an interactive preview of Blood Specimen Collection FAQs.

CE Updates
NCCT may accept your outside CE courses/college courses for recertification credit. If you want NCCT to consider outside coursework, complete the Application for Outside CE Approval form, attach all applicable documentation and send it to NCCT with your recertification application and recertification payment. You will be notified if the coursework is acceptable. If the outside CE course CH does not equal 14 CH, you will need to make up the difference with NCCT CE courses.

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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