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Recommended Phlebotomy Study Guides

A good phlebotomy technician will need to have a solid phlebotomy education background. It is much easier to become a practicing phlebotomy technician by completing an accredited training program and getting the appropriate certification. A good phlebotomy training program will include exams to test and make sure that you have the knowledge that is recommended. Certification can be achieved by completing a standardized phlebotomy exam. Study guides on the subject of phlebotomy can help potential phlebotomy technicians to prepare for the exams. If you are enrolled in a training program you should consult your instructor about recommended reading lists and study guides.

Your best chance at employment in a career in phlebotomy is by preparing and passing a national certification exam. While many states do not require this certification, with the exception of California and Louisiana, many employers do require this certification. Most phlebotomy technicians can benefit from the various phlebotomy study guides that are available. Each individual certifying agency will have their own recommended materials and study guides. If you are taking the exam through the American Certifying Agency (ACA), the examination study guide and the content outline will be mailed to you.

If your certification testing is from the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) you will receive a review book, a practice test and various packages with study guides and information. You should be able to get all of this online along with suggested reading lists. You can also get access to online practice tests for 90 days.

The American Medical Technologists (AMT) also offer certification. They will provide you with a downloadable candidate handbook, the exam outline, along with a suggested reading list. You may also purchase a practice test for small fee.


It is important to study for your certification exam and additional study guides may help you to retain the information. You may also want to review other study guides to help you. One highly recommended study guide for phlebotomy technicians is “The Phlebotomy Exam Review (3rd edition)” by Ruth E. McCall and Cathee M. Tankersley. This study guide is comprehensive enough that it is recommended for ten national exams, including the ACA, the NCCT and the ASCP.

The Phlebotomy Exam Review (3rd edition) by Ruth E. McCall and Cathee M. Tankersley follows the accreditation guidelines from the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) in addition to the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI). It is contains a review of over 800 potential multiple choice questions, including the answers and the explanations.

Another study tool that you may find helpful is flashcards. Flashcards can help you to practice accessing the information quickly and they can be a fun way to enhance learning. You can find flashcards at many different phlebotomy websites and you can usually purchase them in either a hard copy form or a download so that you can print them yourself or just use them on your computer.

There are many resources available to you if you are interested in phlebotomy. You can often get them in either a hard copy form or from an online source where you can download. If you are just starting out and have no previous background you may want to look at the textbook “Phlebotomy Simplified” by Kathlenn Becan-McBride and Diana Garza. This book gives a full background and explanation of phlebotomy plus it includes case studies, end of the chapter review questions and an accompanying CD so that you can study by listening also.


If you are well into your career and you are a serious phlebotomist you may want a copy of “Procedures for the Collection of Diagnostic Blood Specimens (6th edition)” and a copy of “Devices for the Collection of Diagnostic Capillary Blood Specimens (6th edition)”. Both of these valuable texts are produced by the CLSI and they are the basis for many written procedures throughout the industry. Another text, “Applied Phlebotomy” by Dennis J. Ernst is in line with the standards of the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI). This book contains very useful information about phlebotomy and blood collection and it is a great primer for anyone who is interested in becoming a phlebotomy technician.

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