Lab Assistant Certification and Training

Is there a national certification available to credential medical lab assistants?

While certification is not a requirement to practice in the field, it adds credibility that can help increase marketability in being hired, as well as confidence clients have in these health care professionals. Those students who graduate from an accredited formal lab assistant training program are eligible to sit for two different certification exams.

The American Medical Technologists organization recently added a medical lab assistant certification. This online exam is administered at Pearson Vue testing centers throughout the country. This test covers subject areas such as lab safety, regulatory requirements, quality improvement, and practice standards and procedures. This certification must be renewed every three years by continuing education or experience in the field.

The National Credentialing Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NCA) offers the Clinical Laboratory Phlebotomist Examination. This test is more phlebotomy specific but a formal medical lab assistant program prepares students for this exam.

Is a state licensure required for this profession?

Most states do not require a licensure to practice as a medical lab assistant but there are some states that mandate all lab personnel obtain a license. Information on licensure is available through state departments of health.

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