How to Become a Medical Technician in Alaska
1. Have your high school diploma or GED
To be admitted to any accredited program for clinical laboratory technician you must have a high school diploma or GED.
2. Enroll in one of the accredited online Alaska Medical Technician Schools.
It may be difficult to find a one-year or two-year accredited Alaska medical technician training program unless you look online or in the larger, more populated cities of Anchorage or Fairbanks. You might want to look for a hospital program that's accredited. A one-year program, however, will not qualify you for certification but will provide entry-level training. Most opportunities for medical laboratory technician require an associate degree (two year training). There are accredited programs offered online that may offer what you are looking for. Check the Clinical Laboratory Education Online Directory created by the ASLCS Education Scientific Assembly (www.ascls.org) for programs that can be taken over the Internet.
3. Take the exam to get your certification
Once you've completed your post secondary studies, you can take an exam administered by one of the above mentioned certifying agencies that will certify you as a medical laboratory technician. While an associate degree is required by employers for clinical laboratory technicians, certification from a recognized professional organization is necessary for advancement.
The American Society for Clinical Pathology (www.ascp.org) offers certification for medical technicians. It also offers exam study resources to help you prepare for the test. You will need to take the test at one of the ACCP's testing centers. After you've received confirmation that you passed the exam, your certificate is sent to you within a few weeks.
Certification is not permanent and must be renewed. ASCP offers continuing education courses and recertification programs to assist with the credential renewal process.Through campus based and online programs, aspiring Medical Technicians in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Sitka, Alaska may be able to prepare themselves for the possibility of employment in some of the largest hospitals and healthcare facilities in the state including Providence Alaska Medical Center, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, Alaska Regional Hospital, and Central Peninsula Regional Hospital.