What Are the Requirements to Be a Med Tech?

A med tech, also called a clinical laboratory technician or medical laboratory technician, performs medical testing that helps doctors and other healthcare providers determine the health and condition of patients. Read on to learn more about the education, licensing, and certification of med techs. Schools offering Medical Assisting degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Career Requirements

As a med tech, you'll be trusted to perform testing on blood, body fluids, and other specimens to assist physicians with diagnosing patients. You may conduct tests to figure out if a patient has a specific disease or illness, determine blood types, or prove how well a patient is responding to medical treatment.

Important Facts About Medical Technician

Work Environment Doctor office, hospital, or laboratory
Similar Occupations Chemist, clinical scientist
Projected Job Growth (2012-2022) 22%
Median Salary (2015) $36,946

Source: PayScale.com, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Education

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS, www.bls.gov), you'll need to earn an associate's degree to become a med tech. You may also complete a hospital training program or get training through the armed forces. In some cases, you may be trained on-the-job. If you want to work in forensic science, according to the Board of Directors of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS, www.ascls.org), you'll need to earn a bachelor's degree in clinical laboratory science or a degree within the physical or applied science fields.

Licensing

According to the ASCLS in February 2014, twelve states and Puerto Rico require licensing for laboratory personnel. These states include Georgia, West Virginia, California, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Montana, Nevada, Florida, Louisiana, North Dakota and New York. To become licensed, you'll have to meet the state requirements, which usually include passing an exam, holding a college degree, meeting continuing education requirements, and paying licensing fees. Some states may accept licenses from other states.

Certification

Employers may prefer to hire you if you hold a professional certification, according to the BLS. There are multiple organizations offering certification for med techs, including American Medical Technologists (AMT). To gain the Medical Laboratory Technician certification from AMT, you need to hold an associate's degree in medical technology or have at least 60 semester hours of education in medical technology and related areas with six months of experience working in a medical lab or have completed a military training program. You also need to pass the certification exam.

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