Medical Technologist

Medical Technologist (MT) Applicants shall meet one of the following eligibility routes:
Applicants applying under Routes 1, 2, or 3 shall take and pass the appropriate AMT certification examination.

Route 1: Education

Applicant shall possess a baccalaureate degree in medical technology from a program or institution accredited by a recognized regional or national accreditation agency

Additional Requirements:
  • Recognized regional or national accreditation agency: agency must be approved by the US Department of Education, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, or otherwise approved by the AMT Board of Directors.
  • Educational programs acceptable toward meeting certification requirements must include laboratory experience as part of the curricula. Applicants graduating from programs that do not include an experiential component must obtain and document evidence of one year of approved laboratory experience prior to being eligible for certification.
  • Applicants seeking certification under Routes 1 and 3 must have graduated from their degree program within the past five years. Applicants graduating longer than five years from date of application must provide evidence of one year of full-time (or equivalent) approved laboratory experience within the last five years.
  • Approved Clinical Laboratory Experience: All laboratory experience credited toward eligibility must have been gained while employed in a laboratory that performs the chemical, physical, or biological examination of human body fluids and tissues and that uses clinical laboratory techniques and methodologies. The experience must have been obtained within the last five years, rotating through all four of the following clinical laboratory disciplines: Blood Banking, Microbiology, Chemistry, and Hematology. All work experience is assumed to be full-time. Full-time experience is defined as working an average of 40 hours/week (may be a combination of part-time settings). Where required laboratory experience will be verified.

Route 2: MLT/Military

Applicant shall possess a baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a recognized regional or national accreditation agency, or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution as certified by a foreign transcript evaluation agency approved by AMT, AND shall have completed an accredited medical laboratory technician (MLT) or a 50-week US MLT training program AND shall have completed a minimum of one year of approved clinical laboratory experience.

Additional Requirements:

  • Recognized regional or national accreditation agency: agency must be approved by the US Department of Education, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, or otherwise approved by the AMT Board of Directors.
  • Approved Clinical Laboratory Experience: All laboratory experience credited toward eligibility must have been gained while employed in a laboratory that performs the chemical, physical, or biological examination of human body fluids and tissues and that uses clinical laboratory techniques and methodologies. The experience must have been obtained within the last five years, rotating through all four of the following clinical laboratory disciplines: Blood Banking, Microbiology, Chemistry, and Hematology. All work experience is assumed to be full-time. Full-time experience is defined as working an average of 40 hours/week (may be a combination of part-time settings). Where required laboratory experience will be verified.

Route 3: Alternate Education

Applicant shall possess a baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a recognized regional or national accreditation agency, or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution as certified by a foreign transcript evaluation agency approved by AMT, AND shall have completed at least 35 semester hours of coursework across various subjects related to the clinical laboratory sciences, such as biological science, microbiology, organic chemistry, biochemistry, mathematics, etc., AND shall have either:
  1. Completed an accredited medical technology training program following the earning of the baccalaureate degree referenced above, OR
  2. Completed a minimum of one year of approved clinical laboratory experience 

Additional Requirements:

  • Recognized regional or national accreditation agency: agency must be approved by the US Department of Education, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, or otherwise approved by the AMT Board of Directors.
  • Educational programs acceptable toward meeting certification requirements must include laboratory experience as part of the curricula. Applicants graduating from programs that do not include an experiential component must obtain and document evidence of one year of approved laboratory experience prior to being eligible for certification.
  • Applicants seeking certification under Routes 1 and 2 must have graduated from their degree program within the past five years. Applicants graduating longer than five years from date of application must provide evidence of one year of full-time (or equivalent) approved laboratory experience within the last five years.
  • Approved Clinical Laboratory Experience: All laboratory experience credited toward eligibility must have been gained while employed in a laboratory that performs the chemical, physical, or biological examination of human body fluids and tissues and that uses clinical laboratory techniques and methodologies. The experience must have been obtained within the last five years, rotating through all four of the following clinical laboratory disciplines: Blood Banking, Microbiology, Chemistry, and Hematology. All work experience is assumed to be full-time. Full-time experience is defined as working an average of 40 hours/week (may be a combination of part-time settings). Where required laboratory experience will be verified.

Route 4: Other Recognized Exam

Applicant shall have taken and passed a generalist MT examination given by another certification organization or state licensure agency, provided that the examination has been approved by the AMT Board of Directors and that the applicant can meet eligibility Routes 1, 2, or 3. Applicant's certification or state license must be active. Applicant must be currently employed or have recent experience in an approved clinical laboratory (working three of the last five years). No exam is required.

Additional Requirements:

Approved Clinical Laboratory Experience: All laboratory experience credited toward eligibility must have been gained while employed in a laboratory that performs the chemical, physical, or biological examination of human body fluids and tissues and that uses clinical laboratory techniques and methodologies. The experience must have been obtained within the last five years, rotating through all four of the following clinical laboratory disciplines: Blood Banking, Microbiology, Chemistry, and Hematology. All work experience is assumed to be full-time. Full-time experience is defined as working an average of 40 hours/week (may be a combination of part-time settings). Where required laboratory experience will be verified.

Note: Currently only one certification agency is accepted by AMT. Please call before you apply to make sure you qualify.

MT Self Assessment (Download)
For a list of procedures under each discipline (Download)
Laboratory Information for the Military (Link)
Notice to International Applicants (Download)
State Licensure Rules (Download)
Visa Screening/ State Licensure form (Download)

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