MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIST

(MT)

Medical Technologists analyze samples of blood, tissue and body fluids to determine chemical content, cell count, drug levels or blood type; they may also search for specific microorganisms like bacteria or parasites. Preparing the samples for examination, using automated equipment and specialized instrumentation, performing numerous complicated tests simultaneously, and accurately interpreting the results are all part of a medical technologist's job.

EDUCATION REQUIRED

To be eligible for MT(AAB) certification as a generalist or in individual disciplines an individual must meet at least one (1) of the following requirements:

 

  • Earn a doctoral, master's, or bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college with a major in a chemical, physical, biological, clinical laboratory science or medical technology. Any degree that is not a major in clinical laboratory science or medical technology must include a minimum of 6 semester hours of chemistry, 6 semester hours of biology, and 12 semester hours of chemistry, biology or medical laboratory technology in any combination and pass the MT(AAB) Basic Knowledge examination and the appropriate discipline examination(s).

Or

  • Earn an associate degree or an associate of applied science degree from an accredited institution with a major in clinical laboratory science or medical technology and pass the MT(AAB) Basic Knowledge examination and the appropriate discipline examination(s).

Or

  • Earn at least 60 semester hours, or equivalent, from an accredited institution that, at a minimum, includes either: a) 24 semester hours of medical laboratory technology courses or b) 24 semester hours of science courses that include:

  1. six (6) semester hours of chemistry;

  2. six (6) semester hours of biology;

  3. and twelve (12) semester hours of courses in chemistry, biology or medical laboratory technology in any combination

and pass the MT(AAB) Basic Knowledge examination and the appropriate discipline examination(s).

Or

  • Have previously qualified, or could have qualified, as a technologist under the revised Medicare/CLIA '67 regulations (42 CFR 493.1433) published on March 14, 1990 (55 FR 9538). These revised Medicare/CLIA '67 regulations include individuals who passed the HHS (formerly HEW) Proficiency Examination for medical technologists and those who had ten (10) years of full-time experience prior to January 1, 1968, and pass the MT(AAB) Basic Knowledge examination and the appropriate discipline examination(s).

PLACES OF EMPLOYMENT
  • Hospitals

  • Independent laboratories

SALARY RANGE

$19.60 to $29.21

For more information on this program, visit the Education page

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