How to Become a Medical Technician in Arizona
There is no state credentialing required for Medical Laboratory Technicians in Arizona, but the national certification program is strongly encouraged. There have been many changes in the certification process and the agencies involved in the last year. There used to be two different groups that offered an exam, but last year their efforts were combined. The ASCP (American Society for Clinical Pathology) www.ascp.org and the NCA (The National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel) were the organizations that were available for Medical Technicians to earn certification. In the summer of 2009, after many months of collaboration and discussion, the two groups agreed to offer only one exam for the national credential. The new agency overseeing the examination is a combined group of the two organizations and is now called the ASCP – BOC, the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification. Acquiring certification regardless of state regulation is important because it assesses basic knowledge, promotes professionalism, helps assure better patient care and provides greater opportunities for advancement in the profession.
Certification Requirements for Arizona Medical Technicians
To sit for the national exam, one must have earned a high school diploma (or equivalent) and an associate of applied science degree through one of Arizona’s medical technician schools. There is an application that must be completed and submitted along with a fee. Once the required documentation and payment are received the candidate will be sent an admission letter. This letter must be presented at the time of taking the exam. There is a three-month window of opportunity, once the letter is received, to take the test. The test is offered year round, in three-month periods, and is available via computer modality.