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Career/Credentials Upgrading 

In implementing the AAB Board of Registry’s fundamental philosophy that individuals should have the opportunity for career advancement and that knowledge and skills may be obtained in a variety of ways, the AAB Board of Registry provides a program that allows individuals to upgrade their certification from PBT(AAB)*/POLT(AAB)* to MLT(AAB) to MT(AAB)/ELS(AAB)/ALS(AAB)/MDxT(AAB). To do so, an individual must obtain additional education, training, or experience. 

All applicants for upgrading to MLT(AAB),MT(AAB), ELS(AAB), ALS(AAB) or MDxT(AAB) must pass the appropriate AAB Board of Registry examination(s). 

POLT(AAB)s ​who completed a clinical laboratory training program approved or accredited by an organization approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), or earned an associate degree, or equivalent, from an accredited university or college with a major in a chemical, physical, biological, or clinical laboratory science or medical technology, or completed an official U.S. military medical laboratory procedures course of at least fifty (50) weeks duration and earn the military enlisted occupational specialty of Medical Laboratory Specialist may apply to be upgraded to MLT(AAB)​ - Medical Laboratory Technician.

MLT(AAB)s who earn a doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s (baccalaureate), or associate degree, or equivalent, from an accredited university or college with a major in a chemical, physical biological, or clinical laboratory science or medical technology may apply to be upgraded to MT(AAB) - Medical Technologist, ALS(AAB) - Andrology Laboratory Scientist, ELS(AAB) - Embryology Laboratory Scientist and MDxT(AAB) - Molecular Diagnostic  Technologist with examination.  

All individuals certified by the AAB Board of Registry are required to revalidate their certification annually.   A new certificate is issued each year to document the individual’s certification status.

*  Effective April 1, 2015, ABOR no longer offers new PBT(AAB) or POLT(AAB) certifications. Individuals who are currently certified as PBT(AAB) or POLT(AAB) can continue their certifications.

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