Maryland Medical Laboratory Technician Training Program
Education for Medical Technicians in Maryland
Healthcare was the largest industry in the US in 2006, employing 13.6 million salaried workers and an additional 438,00 self-employed workers. By 2016, an additional 3 million new jobs are projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with seven medical occupations being in the 20 fastest growing occupations.
Large numbers of our population, the baby boomers, are entering their retirement years and putting increased demands on medical services. The number of retirees in the allied health field alone is expected to increase by as much as 13% by 2013. Nearly half of clinical labs surveyed by the American Society for Clinical Pathology reported difficulty in recruiting and hiring certified medical laboratory technicians (MLT) in 2008. Turnover had increased 27% from the previous year. These factors combined emphasize the need for more trained personnel, and in Maryland medical technician training programs are preparing to see an increase in the rate of enrollment.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects faster than average growth from 2006 to 2016, with an expected need for 46,000 more MLTs by 2016. In Maryland, there were 2,550 medical technicians in 2006, which should grow to 3,110 by 2016. This 22% increase makes it one of the fastest growing markets for MLTs. There should be about 100 job openings per year.
Continuing Education Requirements
The ASCP CMP is required of all individuals who were certified after January 1, 2004 and is strongly recommended for those certified before that date. A Declaration Form must be completed and submitted at least two months prior to the expiration of the three-year certificate with a fee of $75. Requirements vary according to certification level, but medical laboratory technicians must accumulate a minimum of 36 points in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, safety and areas of specialization. A detailed list of acceptable continuing education activities can be found in the CMP information booklet at http://www.ascp.org/cmp. The ASCLS requires recertification through the ASCP Board of Certification.
Continuing education requirements for AMT are documented through the CCP. MLTs must 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. Membership must be renewed annually and a fee paid for each certification category, but there is no additional fee for the CPP.