Lab Technologist Certification

To become a lab technologist, first you'll need to earn a bachelor's degree. After that, you can qualify to take a certification exam to become a certified medical technologist or medical laboratory scientist. Review the certification requirements, and learn more about what you'd study in a bachelor's degree program and online degree options. Schools offering Clinical Laboratory Science degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Certifications Are Available for Lab Technologists?

There are a number of organizations that offer certifications for lab technologists. One option is certification through the American Medical Technologists (AMT) as a medical technologist. To qualify for taking the exam, the AMT requires the completion of a bachelor's degree program that includes medical technology training and approved laboratory experience. The exam covers many areas such as chemistry, hematology, parisitology and bacteriology. You may also see topics like laboratory safety, specimen collection, protein analysis and special procedures on the exam.

Another option is the medical laboratory scientist certification awarded by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). The ASCP offers different options for fulfilling the education and work experience requirements. All programs require the completion of a bachelor's degree program with some type of medical laboratory training. Some areas of study for the exam include laboratory operations, microbiology, urinalysis, immunology and blood banking.

Certification OptionsAmerican Medical Technologists certification, American Society for Clinical Pathology certification, bachelor's degree required for certifications
Bachelor's Degree Common CoursesChemistry, immunology, molecular diagnostics, biology, patient care techniques
Online OptionsHybrid and completely online degrees
Median Salary (2018) $52,330 (for all clinical laboratory technologists and technicians)*
Job Outlook (2016-2026) 13% growth (for all clinical laboratory technologists and technicians)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

How Do I Earn My Bachelor's Degree?

Many schools offer 4-year degrees in the field of medical technology. Make sure the program you are interested in is accredited by one of the agencies in the medical field such as the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Your curriculum may include some general education classes such as algebra, biology, chemistry and composition. You then move on to classes like patient care techniques, hematology, immunology, molecular diagnostics and phlebotomy. You gain practical experience by participating in clinical lab work and internships.

Can I Earn This Degree Online?

Depending on your previous experience in the field, you may be eligible for partially or fully online programs. Those with no prior experience can find hybrid programs. Hybrid programs allow you to fulfill some general education and medical classes from home and complete an internship program through their school. If you are working in the field, you may qualify for an online program that allows you to complete all coursework at home as you continue to practice in the field.

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