Andrology Laboratory Scientist (ALS) and Embryology Laboratory Scientist (ELS) Certification Options to ABB’s Technical Supervisor (TS) Certification for Andrologists and Embryologists:

Many andrologists and embryologists seek ABB board certification as a Technical Supervisor (TS). ABB’s TS examinations are very challenging and equivalent to the level of difficulty in the director level examination.

Another option is available for andrologists and embryologists who are working their way up the career ladder. The AAB Board of Registry (ABOR) offers an Andrology Laboratory Scientist (ALS) and an Embryology Laboratory Scientist (ELS) certification.

The ALS and ELS certifications are excellent initial certifications for andrologists and embryologists. As ALSs and ELSs gain more experience and responsibility, they can upgrade to ABB’s Technical Supervisor certification.

Another advantage to the ALS/ELS certifications is that they are administered more frequently, and closer to the applicant’s home, than ABB’s TS examinations. In addition, the ALS/ELS application and examination fees are lower than for ABB’s TS certification.

ELS Qualifications

 

 

Qualifications

 

ALS(AAB) - Andrology Laboratory Scientist Qualifications

To be eligible for ALS(AAB) certification, 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 (A degree with a major in Physics or a physical science, must include a minimum of six (6) semester hours of chemistry, six (6) semester hours of biology, and twelve (12) semester hours of chemistry, biology or medical laboratory technology in any combination)

AND

Pass the MT(AAB) Basic Knowledge and Andrology examinations.*

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 and Andrology examinations.*

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

Pass the MT(AAB) Basic Knowledge and ALS(AAB) Andrology examinations.*

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 and ALS(AAB) Andrology examinations.*

PROVISIONAL STATUS

Individuals who have documented the required education but who lack the necessary training/experience listed below may still challenge the ALS(AAB) examinations. Upon passing the examinations, these individuals will be designated Andrology Laboratory Scientist - Provisional [ALS-P(AAB)] until they complete the training/experience in the discipline of andrology at which time the provisional status will be removed from their certification designation.

LABORATORY TRAINING/EXPERIENCE

All individuals qualifying via routes 1, 2, 3, and 4 must document 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. At least three (3) months of documented laboratory training within the ten (10) years immediately prior to the application date in the discipline of andrology

* Additional disciplines can be added [see page 3 under “Qualifications for Certification” for MT(AAB)] by passing the appropriate examination(s).

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