How to Become a Medical Technician in Indiana
Steps to Become a Medical Laboratory Technician in Indiana
The state of Indiana does not require licensing for individuals. However, a review of job openings revealed that employers are looking for people that meet national certification requirements with the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP), the American Medical Technologists (AMT), or the American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS). ASCLS and ASCP certification are both through the ASCP Board of Certification as of October 2009. Education programs should be accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). You can search for accredited programs at http://www.naacls.org/.
Steps for Certification
- Graduate with an associate's degree or the equivalent in a science discipline
- AMT certification requires at least 60 hours of coursework from one of the accredited online or campus based Indiana medical technician schools, to include 25 semester hours in classes relevant to medical technology and six months of laboratory experience, OR an associate degree from an accredited medical laboratory technician program.
- ASCP requires an associate degree or 60 semester hours of academic credit from a regionally accredited college. Additionally, you must have completed one of the following—an NAACLS accredited program within the last 5 years, 6 semester hours each of chemistry and biology and CLA certification (only for individuals certified before 1982), 6 semester hours each of chemistry and biology and successful completion of a one year U.S. military medical laboratory training course, or 6 semester hours each of chemistry and biology and three years full time experience within the previous 10 years, with at least 2 of those years under a board certified supervisor.
- Successfully complete one or more national certification exam offered by the ASCP or AMT
- Certification is required for membership in AMT and membership must be maintained for recertification. The initial certification costs $130 and is valid for three years and is renewed every three years through the Certification Continuation Program (CCP).
- The ASCP certification exam costs $185 and is valid for three years. It must be renewed every three years through the Certification Maintenance Program (CMP). Membership in ASCP is $89 per year and ASCP certification is a requirement for membership.