Eligibility and Externship Reminders
NHA has continued to evaluate the ongoing circumstances resulting from COVID-19 that may prevent access to hands-on practice and externship requirements for Medical Assisting, Phlebotomy and EKG candidates. To serve our candidates’ best interests, we will be extending the eligibility deadline an additional 90 days, allowing a total of 180 days (from date of passing the exam) for candidates to complete the requirements.
Once candidates complete these requirements, they will need to provide proof of completion to their organization/school. When the school receives proof of completion from the candidate, the school should contact NHA and we will release the candidate’s certificate and ensure employers can verify the candidate as an active certificate holder.
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For Exam Candidates:
Please ensure you complete eligibility and/or externship requirements based on the exam(s) you selected, within 180 days of your NHA test date. This is not only a requirement for certification but also an important aspect of preparing for your future career. See below for additional details regarding Phlebotomy and EKG requirements:
- Phlebotomy Technician Certification (CPT): Each candidate for the CPT certification must be able to provide evidence that he/she has successfully performed a minimum of thirty (30) venipunctures and ten (10) capillary sticks on live individuals.
- EKG Technician Certification (CET): Each candidate for the CET certification must be able to provide evidence that he/she has successfully performed a minimum of ten (10) EKGs on live individuals
At the time you provide proof of completion to your school (within 180 days from your test date), your school will contact NHA to release your certificate. This will ensure employers can verify your active certification. Please remember this is a 2-year credential beginning on the day you passed the exam.