Qualifications

ELS 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 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. 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.*

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.*

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:

  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
  4. AND

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

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. Upon passing the examination, these individuals will be designated Embryology Laboratory Scientist-Provisional ELS-P(AAB).

* Additional disciplines (chemistry, hematology, immunology, immunohematology, microbiology, andrology and molecular diagnostics) can be added by passing the appropriate examination.

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