How to Become a Medical Technician in Connecticut
Steps to Becoming a Medical Tech in Connecticut
The American Medical Technologists Association (AMT) and the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) offer the certification a med tech needs to qualify for career-advancing employment. Although med techs can still earn certification through a combination of on-the-job training and coursework, the preferred game plan is for med techs in Connecticut to earn a minimum of an associate’s degree in an approved field, such as medical or laboratory science.
Medical technicians seeking certification through the AMT can do so if they fit into one of the following categories:
- Graduate of an associate’s degree program in an appropriate medical field, such as medical or laboratory science with a clinical component (must take board exam).
- Has finished at least 60 credits from one of the accredited online or campus based Connecticut medical technician schools, plus at least six months of laboratory experience (must take board exam).
- Has successfully finished a professional medical technology program through a Department of Education-sanctioned institution (must take board exam).
- Has completed a one-year military program in a comparable field that is offered through a college or whose credits can be transferred into a degree-granting college program (must take board exam).
- Holds certification received through examinations in other medical specialties that are considered to meet the AMT standards for certification by their Board.
- Possesses a license or certification from another state that requires a certification exam (AMT must determine that the certification meets AMT standards).
Medical technicians are offered a number of avenues to qualify for ASCP certification:
- Graduation from an accredited junior college or university program in a medical technology-related field
- 60 semester hours—including 6 hours of chemistry and biology—earned from an accredited program, and:
- successful completion of an approved MLT program (within last 5 years).
- the older CLA certification from ASCP.
- graduation from a 50-week clinical science training program in one of the branches of the military.
- 3 years of full-time, supervised (by a doctor) clinical lab experience in blood banks, clinical microscopy, hematology, immunology, and/or microbiology.