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Medical Technologist Career in Florida

Steps to Becoming a Medical Technologist in Florida

Are you currently living in Florida?  Do you have plans to relocate to Florida sometime soon?  Are you looking for a career in the medical field with a bright future, plenty of job prospects, and a competitive salary?  If so, then you may consider a career as a Medical Technologist, or Clinical Laboratory Scientist in the state of Florida.  


In 2006, there were over 8,500 men and women working as Clinical Laboratory Scientists in Florida alone.  The Florida Health Career Organization predicts that by 2014 there will be over 10,000 individuals serving the health care field as Medical Technologists.  This is a growth of more than 16% in just 8 years time, which is even higher than the 14% national expansion of Medical Technologists predicted by the United States Bureau of Statistics.

To begin the process of becoming a Clinical Laboratory Scientist, you must complete a Bachelor’s Degree program with at least one year focusing on laboratory sciences and experience in a hospital or laboratory that is considered an accredited facility.  While earning the four year Bachelor’s Degree, a future Medical Technologist can expect to take general courses that are heavily weighted in computer science, biology, chemistry, and mathematics.  More career specific courses such as clinical chemistry, virology, and molecular diagnostic testing are also part of the Clinical Laboratory Specialist training program.  Once the Bachelor’s Degree has been achieved, individuals must become licensed by passing a national certification examination offered by one of several national organizations including the American Society of Clinical Pathology or ASPC, The American Medical Technologists or AMT, or The National Certification Agency for Medical Laboratory Personnel or NCA.  Upon completion of the four year degree and after one of the examinations has been completed successfully, a person is nationally certified and becomes eligible to pursue Florida Medical Technologist careers. 

If you would like more information regarding licensing procedures for Medical Technologists in Florida or to verify that the program you have selected is nationally accredited, please contact:

National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 North River Road
Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
847-939-3597
773-714-8880
773-714-8886 (fax)
http://www.naacls.org/

Florida Department of Public Health
Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel
Health Professional Licensure Information
4042 Bald Cypress Way
Tallahassee, FL
Phone: 850 -488-0595 or 850-245-4355
Fax: 850 - 487-9626
http://www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/ClinLab/clp_general.html



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