Arkansas Medical Laboratory Technician Training Program
By allied health world contributing writer
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Medical technicians in Arkansas are not required to get a license to work in either a laboratory setting or a medical practice, but the industry does expect med techs in Arkansas to earn national certification from one of several national certifying agencies. Two of those agencies are the American Medical Technologists (AMT) and the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).
The AMT and ASCP require that applicants have at least 60 hours of education and training in the field and passing scores on their own certification exams. Although the training and education can take a variety of forms, all training must be equivalent to an associate’s degree in medical lab technology or clinical lab science.
Medical Technician Education and Training in Arkansas
There are several Arkansas medical technician training programs available through campus based and online schools, and several of the physical programs also offer distance-learning options that allow students to learn from home or a personal computer. These programs include 2-year programs resulting in an associate in science degree and bachelor’s degree programs in medical technology and clinical lab science. There are a few external degree programs at both the associate and baccalaureate levels that also adequately prepare students for the national certification board exams.
Continuing education is not required by the state of Arkansas, but both certification agencies offer plenty of opportunities for training, and there are numerous training events at local hospitals, conferences, and workshops.