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How to Become a Medical Technician in Maine


Steps to Becoming a Medical Tech in Maine

The state of Maine does not license its medical technicians or medical lab technicians. The only medical licenses issued in Maine are for doctors and physician’s assistants. Therefore, the medical technicians in this state only need to worry about graduating from a two-year degree program in medical technology or clinical laboratory technology and passing the national board exams. Medical technicians can legally practice in Maine without national certification, but most employers only hire certified medical laboratory technicians (MLTs).

To receive certification from the ASCP, medical technicians have four options:

First, they must complete a two-year associate’s degree program in medical technology or clinical laboratory technology or a similar program that meets the standards of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), or 60 credit hours from an accredited college program, including chemistry and biology, and:

    1. Completion of an accredited program through one of the online or campus based Maine medical technician schools (within last 5 years).
    2. CLA certification (discontinued in 1982).
    3. Completion of a 50-week military medical laboratory training program.
    4. Three (3) years of full-time clinical laboratory experience in blood banking, microbiology, immunology, hematology, or clinical microscopy in the United States or Canada over the previous 10 years. This experience must have been supervised by a pathologist.

To receive certification from the AMT, medical technicians have five options:

  1. Graduate from an accredited two-year associate’s degree program in medical technology, clinical laboratory technology or a comparable program OR

Complete 60 credit hours of coursework from an accredited college program plus six (6) months of laboratory experience.
NOTE: Must take the AMT exam for MLT certification.

  1. Graduate from a professional medical laboratory program accredited by an organization approved by the Department of Education OR a program in an institution accredited by a regional accrediting commission that is approved of by the Department of Education.

NOTE: Must take the AMT exam for MLT certification.

  1. Complete a 50-week military training program in laboratory procedures that has been accepted for transfer by an accredited college program leading to a degree in medical technology.

NOTE: Must take the AMT exam for MLT certification.

  1. Already hold certification from examination in related fields that the AMT Board of Directors considers to have met the AMT requirements for MLT certification.
  2. Already hold state licensure from another jurisdiction that requires a board exam that meets the AMT requirements for MLT certification.

Both the AMT and the ASCP have programs for continuing education. ASCP certification is good for 3 years, and their MLTs must participate in the Certification Maintenance Program (CMP) to maintain their certificates. AMT has a similar program, called the Certification Continuation Program (CCP) that it now requires all its newly certified MLTs to participate in.

Through campus based and online programs, aspiring Medical Technicians in Portland, Lewiston, Bangor, West Scarborough and Sanford, Maine may be able to prepare themselves for the possibility of employment in some of the largest hospitals and healthcare facilities in the state including the Maine Medical Center, Mercy Hospital, Brighton Medical Center and St. Josephs Hospital.

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