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.

ALS Qualifications

 

 

Qualifications

ELS(AAB) - Embryology Laboratory Scientist Qualifications

To be eligible for ELS(AAB) certification, an individual must:

  1. Document the performance of thirty (30) assisted reproductive technology (ART) laboratory procedures in humans (see General Regulations, #15) and one (1) year of acceptable full-time experience in the discipline of embryology within the ten (10) years immediately prior to the application date

  2. AND

  3. 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 Embryology examinations.*

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 and Embryology examinations.*

OR

3. Earn at least sixty (60) semester hours, or equivalent, from an 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:

  1. six (6) semester hours of chemistry;
  2. six (6) semester hours of biology;
  3. 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 Embryology 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 Embryology examinations.*

Individuals who lack the documented performance of thirty (30) ART laboratory procedures in humans and the one (1) year full-time experience may still challenge the ELS(AAB) examination in embryology.

* Additional disciplines can be added by passing the appropriate examination(s).

PROVISIONAL STATUS

Upon passing the examination, these individuals will be designated Embryology Laboratory Scientist - Provisional [ELS-P(AAB)] until such time as they complete thirty (30) ART laboratory procedures in humans and one (1) year of acceptable full-time experience, after which time the provisional status will be removed from their certification designation.

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