New Jersey Medical Laboratory Technician Training Program
New Jersey Medical Technician Educational Course of Study
Even in uncertain economic times, the healthcare industry continues to grow and New Jersey medical technician training programs are expanding lab departments to meet this growth. In 2006, 14 million people were employed in health care and by 2016; three million more new jobs will be available. Turnover in the profession increased 27% in 2008, due in part to large numbers of allied healthcare professionals reaching retirement age. Retirement rates are expected to increase by an additional 13% by 2013. The American Society for Clinical Pathology found that 43% of clinical labs had difficulty finding certified medical laboratory technicians (MLT) in 2008. With an increasing demand on medical services caused by a growing population of retirees, professionals in allied healthcare are not available in sufficient numbers to meet the demand.
Allied healthcare staffing requirements are projected to grow faster than the national average with an expected need for 46,000 additional medical technicians by 2016. This is in addition to the 151,000 medical laboratory technicians identified by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2006. New Jersey had 3,100 medical laboratory technicians in 2006, but that number is expected to increase by 15% by 2016, for a total of 3,600. This means there will be about 100 positions opening up each year in New Jersey.
Continuing Education Requirements
Recertification is required every three years for all individuals who were certified after January 1, 2004 through ASCP or ASCLS. It is not required for individuals certified before that date, but is strongly recommended. Medical laboratory technicians are required to have 36 points in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, safety and any areas of specialization. The CMP information booklet is available at http://www.ascp.org/cmp and provides a list of approved continuing education activities.
Recertification with AMT requires 45 points every three years by completing professional development activities similar to ASCP. Anyone certified after January 1, 2006 is required to recertify every three years. Anyone certified before that date is not required to recertify, but it is strongly encouraged. AMT membership must be renewed annually.