How to Become a Medical Technician in Montana
Steps to Becoming a Medical Tech in Montana
In order to practice as a MLT in Montana, one must be licensed by the state board (Montana Board of Clinical Laboratory Science Practitioner). To do so, a potential technician must take the exam given by the National Certification Agency. Once the test is taken, an application for a license must be presented to the board as well as a $100 fee.
Before even being considered for a license, the applicant must have the proper education background. There are several online or campus based Montana medical technician schools to consider. An applicant should have graduated with an associate’s degree in a science related field. The applicant could also have 60 semester or 90 quarter units completed (Again in a science related field). Or, if the applicant has 12 months of military medical training, they would qualify for the education background requirement as well.
Once the education step has been completed and the exam has been taken, the applicant must take various steps within the application process. First, there will be a verification of educational transcripts. The transcripts must be sent to the Montana state board from the educational institution. Transcripts that are personally sent will not be accepted.
After the exam has been taken and passed, the board will certify the results. Once these results have been certified, the application fee of $100 will be due. If the applicant has been licensed in another state, verification of license as well as a work history must also be submitted.
There is the option of receiving a temporary MLT permit. A temporary permit can be obtained if the applicant is a recent graduate and is taking the first available exam. The permit will expire after 45 days or after a notification of passing or failing the licensing exam. There is a $25 fee for a temporary practice permit
To maintain the MLT license in Montana, a technician must have 14 hours of continuing education per year. The technician may take 7 extra hours continuing education that will carry over to the next year. Each license has a one year duration and will expire annually between March 1st and May 1st. A small fee will also be attributed to the renewal process.Through campus based and online programs, aspiring Medical Technicians in Billings, Missoula, Great Falls, Butte, Bozeman and Helena, Montana may be able to prepare themselves for the possibility of employment in some of the largest hospitals and healthcare facilities in the state including the Bozeman Deaconess Hospital, Kalispell Regional Medical Center, Northern Montana Hospital and St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center.