Medical Technician Schools in California
Becoming a Medical Laboratory Technician in California
To obtain a license in California as a Medical Laboratory Technician, one must have earned an Associate of Applied Science degree from NAACLS or LFS recognized programs offered through online or campus based California medical technician schools. One must also submit the required application and fee and show proof of passing the national certification exam. California accepts a minimum score of 70% on the national test. To sit for the national exam, the candidate must have earned a high school diploma as well as an Associate of Applied Science degree, or higher. After submitting the appropriate application and fee to the ASCP, the candidate will receive a letter. This admission letter is required to be presented by the candidate at the time of taking the test. Candidates will have three months to take the national exam once they have received their letter. Although formal education and training are the recommended and most common method followed for becoming licensed in California as a Medical Laboratory Technician, there are other options available. For instance, if a person has worked in the field and can provide to the Board proof of exposure to the many facets of clinical pathology such as chemistry, hematology, microbiology and immunology tests, they may be allowed to pursue a MLT license. One also must have a physician sign an affidavit detailing the experience related to expected Medical Laboratory Technician tasks that have been experienced by the candidate. Reciprocity with a credential from another state is another way in which to gain licensure as a MLT in California. Depending on the state that issued the credential the applicant may need to re-take the ASCP exam. Each reciprocity request is handled individually, so contacting the California Department of Public Health is recommended. Foreign graduates are required to submit a copy of their transcript to American Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions (www.aacrao.com) for evaluation before applying for a credential. Any candidate that is requesting licensure in California, but passed the AAB – American Association of Bioanalysts – exam prior to January 1, 2003 OR has passed the ASCP exam prior to June 1, 2003, will be required to re-take the national exam. For all applicants, once the required documents and fees have been received, it takes approximately 150 days to process the application.