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MT(AAB) – Medical Technologist
(Individual Disciplines and Generalist) Certification  


Disciplines

Individuals may apply for MT(AAB) certification in just one (1) discipline, more than one (1) discipline or all eight (8) of the disciplines listed below.  Alternatively, an individual may apply for MT(AAB) Generalist certification, which includes the first five (5) disciplines listed below:  

  1. Chemistry  (Clinical Chemistry, Endocrinology, Toxicology, Urinalysis, Radioimmunoassay)

  2. Hematology (Hemostasis, Coagulation, Hematologic Elements, Cell Identification and Parameters, Bone Marrow, Staining, Hematologic Abnormalities and Disease)

  3. Immunology (Serology, General Immunology, Antibody and Antigen Identification and Measurement)

  4. Immunohematology (ABO Grouping and Rh Typing, Unexpected Antibody Detection and Identification, Compatibility Testing)

  5. Microbiology (Bacteriology, Mycology, Parasitology, and Virology)

    [Note:  The five (5) disciplines listed above are included in the MT(AAB) Generalist Certification.]

  6. Andrology - Andrology Laboratory Scientist [ALS(AAB)] (Male Infertility, Semen Analysis, Sperm Function Tests, Sperm-Cervical Mucous Interaction, Anti-Sperm Antibodies)

  7. Embryology - Embryology Laboratory Scientist [ELS(AAB)] (Oocyte Identification and Fertilization, Micromanipulation, Embryo Culture, Cryopreservation) 

  8. Molecular Diagnostics (Nucleic Acid Biochemistry, Principles of Molecular Diagnostics, Application of Molecular Diagnostics, Quality Control/Quality Assurance)  

Qualifications

To be eligible for MT(AAB) certification in individual disciplines or as a generalist, an individual must meet at least one (1) of the following requirements:  

1. Earn a doctoral, master's, bachelor's (baccalaureate) degree, or the equivalent, from an accredited university or college with a major in a chemical, physical, biological, or clinical laboratory science or medical technology
AND
Pass the MT(AAB) Basic Knowledge examination and the appropriate discipline examination(s).
OR
2. Earn an associate degree or an associate of applied science degree from an accredited institution with a major in a laboratory science or medical technology
AND
Pass the MT(AAB) Basic Knowledge examination and the appropriate discipline examination(s).
OR
3. Earn at least sixty (60) semester hours, or equivalent, from a accredited institution that, at a minimum, includes either:
  a) twenty-four (24) semester hours of medical laboratory technology courses
OR
  b) twenty-four (24) semester hours of science courses that include:
      - six (6) semester hours of chemistry;
      - six (6) semester hours of biology;
      - and twelve (12) semester hours of courses in chemistry, biology or medical laboratory technology in any combination
AND
Have laboratory training that includes either of the following:
  a) Completion of a clinical laboratory training program approved or accredited by ABHES, NAACLS (formerly CAHEA),  
      or other accrediting agencies approved by HHS.  (This training may be included in the 60 semester hours listed above.)
OR
  b) Have at least three (3) months of documented laboratory training within the ten (10) years immediately prior to the application date in
       each specialty in which the individual performs high complexity testing
AND
Pass the MT(AAB) Basic Knowledge examination and the appropriate discipline examinations(s).
OR
4. Have previously qualified, or could have qualified, as a technologist under the revised Medicare/CLIA '67 regulations (42 CFR 493.1433) published on March 14, 1990 (55 FR 9538).
These revised Medicare/CLIA '67 regulations include individuals who passed the HHS (formerly HEW) Proficiency Examination for medical technologists and those who had ten (10) years of full-time experience prior to January 1, 1968,
AND
Pass the MT(AAB) Basic Knowledge examination and the appropriate discipline examination(s).

 

Individuals who have documented the required education but who lack the necessary training listed above may still challenge the MT(AAB) examinations.  Upon passing the examinations, these individuals will be designated Medical Technologist-Provisional [MT-P(AAB)] until they complete the training in the applicable disciplines, at which time the provisional status will be removed. 

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