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U.S. Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship Programs

NCCT has added a path for graduates of U.S. Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship programs under its Route 1B eligibility path. Graduates of Certificate/Diploma, Associate, and U.S. Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship programs may all qualify to test under this route.


CLSI Publishes New & Updated Phlebotomy Documents

The Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute has published new and updated phlebotomy documents. Read more about the updates here.


Recertification / CE changes

Effective 2/22/2017: Please note the following changes in recertification / ce products:

  • CE Books have been discontinued.
  • Printed CE courses are now $3.00 per contact/clock hour.
  • CE CDs are now $5.00 each plus shipping.

NCCT Announces Partnership with Pfiedler Enterprises

NCCT has partnered with Pfiedler Enterprises as a source of quality continuing education courses for surgical technologists. Pfiedler offers courses free of charge which can be completed and submitted to NCCT for outside CE approval for recertification credit.

Pfiedler Enterprises’ mission is to provide continuing medical education to healthcare professionals. They believe the healthcare professional has a need for quality education with the potential to increase knowledge and when applied, to improve patient care. Pfiedler supports life-long learning and believes the ultimate aim of continuing education is to convey best ideas and techniques, knowing that change is constant and new knowledge governs the educational needs of healthcare professionals. Quality is the prevailing theme of their products and services.

For more information about Pfiedler Enterprises, visit their website at
http://www.pfiedlerenterprises.com/


NCMA Meets Meaningful Use Requirements

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program stage two rules allow only the following groups to perform Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) for medication, laboratory, and radiology orders:

“Any licensed healthcare professionals and credentialed medical assistants can enter orders into the medical record for purposes of including the order in the numerator for the objective of CPOE if they can originate the order per state, local, and professional guidelines. Credentialing for a medical assistant must come from an organization other than the organization employing the medical assistant.”*

Our National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) credentials will qualify to meet the above stated CMS requirements. The NCMA certification program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence.

*Excerpt from: Stage 2, Eligible Professional, Meaningful Use Core Measures, Measure 1 of 17. Date issues: October, 2012. CMS Electronic Health Records Incentive Program.


Policy Changes

Just a reminder that as of December 1, the following policy changes will be put into place. If you should have any questions about these changes, please contact your testing representative or our customer service department.

Retest Policy: Candidates will now have four opportunities to take a single examination, but the waiting time between attempts has changed:

  • After a failed 1st attempt - the candidate must wait 30 days before retesting.
  • After a failed 2nd attempt - the candidate must wait 30 days before retesting.
  • After a failed 3rd attempt - the candidate must wait 1 year before retesting.

For Route 1A applicants, all required documents must be submitted within two years after successful program completion.

For Tech in Surgery Applicants: The length of time required to provide Critical Skills forms for all Route 1 applicants has been extended to two years from test date. This previously only applied to Route 1A but has now been extended to Route 1B.


NCICS Exam Update

NCCT is pleased to announce the release of its updated Insurance & Coding Specialist certification examination, which will replace the current examination on November 10, 2015.

Exam Coordinators, you should have received a packet of information in the mail regarding the release. The new and improved online practice test will be available Friday, October 9, 2015.

Please pass the information on to whomever may benefit from it! We have some great incentives in place for qualified candidates who sit for the exam in the first two weeks of release. If you have any questions about the test release, please contact your Testing Representative.


NCPCT Exam Update

NCCT is pleased to announce the release of its updated Patient Care Technician certification examination, which will replace the current examination on November 10, 2015.

Exam Coordinators, you should have received a packet of information in the mail regarding the release. The new and improved online practice test will be available Friday, October 9, 2015.

Please pass the information on to whomever may benefit from it! We have some great incentives in place for qualified candidates who sit for the exam in the first two weeks of release. If you have any questions about the test release, please contact your Testing Representative.


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.


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.


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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