Georgia Medical Laboratory Technician Training Program
Education for Medical Technicians in Georgia
Healthcare as a whole is one of the fastest growing industries in the nation and will generate more jobs than any other industry, with 3 million new jobs expected between 2006 and 2016. Seven of the 20 fastest growing occupations are in the health care sector. In 2006, it was the largest industry, employing 14 million people. Trend data on Indeed.com shows a steady increase of positions posted for medical laboratory technicians from July ’05 to July ’09.
Almost half of Georgia labs surveyed by the American Society for Clinical Pathology in 2008 had difficulty finding certified medical laboratory technicians (MLT). People leaving the job, and in some cases the profession, increased 27% from the previous year. These labs also noted that retirement rates of medically trained staff were expected to increase 13% from 2008 to 2013. Complicating this loss of trained personnel in Georgia is the increased demand on medical services by a growing population of elderly, which means that laboratory professionals are not being trained fast enough to meet the need.
In Georgia, the need for medical technicians is expected to increase by 21%, from 4,440 in 2006 to 5,360 by 2016, or about 160 per year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the number of medical laboratory technicians will grow from 151,000, based on 2006 data, to 174,100 by 2016. This means approximately 4,560 job openings per year or 46,000 more medical laboratory technicians by 2016. In Georgia, medical technician training programs are expanding to accommodate the expected increase in enrollment in these programs. Online programs are also an attractive option as they provide a comprehensive education with greater convenience.
Continuing Education Requirements for Medical Technicians in Georgia
Recertification for either ASCP or ASCLS requires accumulating 36 points in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, safety and areas of specialization over the course of three years. It is required for anyone certified after January 1, 2004 and recommended for anyone certified before that date. The CMP forms must be completed and submitted at least two months prior to the expiration of the three-year certificate with a fee of $75. A detailed list of acceptable continuing education activities can be found in the CMP information booklet at http://www.ascp.org/cmp.
The AMT CCP requires that certified MLTs accumulate 45 points every three years by completing a variety of qualifying activities such as continuing education classes, conferences, formal education courses, peer reviewed publications and other activities as listed on the AMT website. Annual membership must be consistently maintained and a fee paid for each certification category, but there is no additional fee for the CPP.