In 1978, the National Phlebotomy Association established an industry for the healthcare community and has been the only organization concerned with all aspects of educating and certifying the nation's phlebotomists. The Association was founded by Diane C. Crawford for the purpose of establishing a professional standard and code of ethics for this important group of health care specialists. From the beginning, NPA has been firmly committed to excellence in developing educational curriculum, providing accreditation, offering continuing education programs, researching issues involving phlebotomy, and promoting professional and public awareness.
NPA certifies phlebotomists in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Barbados, Canada, and Switzerland with accredited phlebotomy programs in universities, colleges, health care training institutes, and hospitals nationwide.
The field of phlebotomy has greatly expanded in the past several years, and the role of this integral member of the health care team has recently been brought into much sharper focus. The threat of AIDS, hepatitis, and risks to all segments of society from other infectious diseases has dramatically emphasized the need for quickly expanding training programs, while maintaining the highest possible standards of instruction and continuing education for these health care professionals.
Goals and Objectives The National Phlebotomy Association, through expanding present training and education programs, will continue to offer the community long-term solutions to vital concerns both in the National Capital Area and across the nation.
The establishment of an across-the-board national standard of certification for all phlebotomists is at the top of the agenda.
NPA is expanding networking efforts to both the community and related colleague organizations and groups in order to increase awareness and inform the public.
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