Career Options, Educational Requirements & Certification

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Position

Educational Requirements

Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT)

Associate’s Degree
Completion of an accredited MLT program

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National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
http://www.naacls.org/
American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS)
http://www.ascls.org/

Medical Technologist (MT)
aka Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS), Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS)

BS in the biology / health-related sciences
Completion of an accredited MT program

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National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
http://www.naacls.org/
American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS)
http://www.ascls.org/

Doctoral Level Clinical Microbiologist

PhD and/or MD in Microbiology/Molecular Biology

Post Doc through ASM’s Committee on Postgraduate Education Programs (CPEP) training (optional but desirable)
https://www.asm.org/Fellowships/CPEP

 

Board Certification for MLT / MT / PhD and/or MD Description 

Associate, Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral level:

National Registry of Certified Microbiologists (NRCM)
http://www.asm.org/nrcm

American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP)
http://www.ascp.org/Board-of-Certification/GetCertified

The NRCM certifies professional microbiologists at the baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral levels in biological safety; food safety and quality; and pharmaceutical and medical device.

Additionally, the American Society for Clinical Pathology certifies clinical laboratory scientists as Technologists in Microbiology (M) or Specialist in Microbiology (SM).

Doctoral level only:

American Board of Medical Microbiology (ABMM) - for individuals who want to direct public health or clinical microbiology laboratories
https://www.asm.org/Certifications/American-Board-of-Medical-Microbiology

The ABMM certifies the expertise of doctoral-level microbiologists seeking to direct public health or clinical microbiology laboratories.

Doctoral level only:

American Board of Medical Laboratory Immunology (ABMLI) - for individuals who want to direct medical immunology laboratories
https://www.asm.org/Certifications/American-Board-of-Medical-Laboratory-Immunology

The ABMLI certifies the expertise of doctoral-level immunologists seeking to direct laboratories engaged in the practice of medical laboratory immunology.

 

 Other Certifications for Laboratory Professionals  Description
 http://www.ascp.org/Board-of-Certification/GetCertified  The American Society for Clinical Pathology certifies clinical laboratory scientists who have completed the requirements for examination
 http://www.americanmedtech.org/GetCertified/MTEligibility.aspx  Medical Technologist certification via American Medical Technologists
 http://www.aab.org/aab/Application_Fees.asp
 Medical Technologist certification via American Association of Bioanalysts
 http://www.aab.org/aab/TS.asp  Technical Supervisor certification via American Board of Bioanalysis
 http://www.aab.org/aab/GS.asp  General Supervisor certification via American Board of Bioanalysis
https://www.ascp.org/content/board-of-certification/procedures-and-reports  Diplomate in Laboratory Management via American Society for Clinical Pathology, advanced experience and/or education required
https://www.ascp.org/content/board-of-certification/procedures-and-reports
Technologist in Molecular Biology via American Society for Clinical Pathology, sits for Molecular Biology exam

 

 

 

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