MT(AAB) - Medical Technologist Generalist and Individual Discipline Certifications

MT(AAB) - Medical Technologist Generalist Certification

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, Urinalysis/Body Fluids, Endocrinology, Heme Derivatives, Toxicology, Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Quality Improvement, and Laboratory Compliance)
  2. Hematology (Coagulation, Hematopoiesis, Laboratory Methods in Hematology, Special Hematology Procedures, Red Blood Cell and White Blood Cell Morphology and Disorders, Platelets, Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Quality Improvement, and Laboratory Compliance)
  3. Immunology (Theory and Principles of Immunology, Immunology Practices and Laboratory Methods, Immune Disorders, Infectious Disease Immunology, Tumor Immunology and Transplantation Immunology, Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Quality Improvement, and Laboratory Compliance)
  4. Immunohematology (Basics of Immunohematology, Blood Donations, Blood Components, ABO System, Rh Blood Group System, Other Blood Group Systems, Blood Banking Procedures, Transfusion Medicine, Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Quality Improvement, and Laboratory Compliance)
  5. Microbiology (Bacteriology, Parasitology, Mycology, Virology, Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Quality Improvement, and Laboratory Compliance)

[Note: The MT(AAB) Generalist examination, in addition to the five (5) disciplines listed above, also includes a “Basic Knowledge” component that includes General Operations, Regulatory Compliance, Patient Confidentiality, Information Security, and Administration.]

MT(AAB) - Medical Technologist Individual Discipline Certification:

Individuals may apply for “Individual” Certification as an MT(AAB) in one or more of eight disciplines: the five disciplines listed above (Chemistry, Hematology, Immunology, Immunohematology, and Microbiology) plus the following three disciplines:

  1. Andrology - Andrology Laboratory Scientist [ALS(AAB)] (Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Testis Axis, Testicular and Accessory Gland Function, Fertilization and Early Embryo Development, Male Infertility & Assessment, Semen Analysis, and Evaluation of Male Reproductive Function, Sperm Processing and Preparation for Therapeutic Insemination, Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Quality Improvement, and Laboratory Compliance)
  2. Embryology - Embryology Laboratory Scientist [ELS(AAB)] (Female and Male Infertility & Assessment, Female Reproductive Physiology, Gamete/Gonad Biology, Fertilization and Early Embryo Development, Gamete Preparation, Oocyte Insemination and Documentation of Fertilization, Gamete /Embryo Diagnosis, Embryo Transfer, Cryopreservation [including Vitrification], Culture Techniques, Micromanipulation, Genetic Analysis of Oocytes and Embryos, Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Quality Improvement, and Laboratory Compliance)
  3. Molecular Diagnostics - Molecular Diagnostics Technologists [MDxT (AAB)] (Genetics and Nucleic Acid Biochemistry, Principles of Molecular Diagnostics, Application of Molecular Diagnostics, Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Quality Improvement, and Laboratory Compliance)

[Note: The MT(AAB) Individual Discipline Certification examinations also require passing a “Basic Knowledge” component that includes General Operations, Regulatory Compliance, Patient Confidentiality, Information Security, and Administration.]

MT(AAB) Qualifications

To be eligible for MT(AAB) certification as a generalist or in individual disciplines 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 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 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 examination and the appropriate discipline examination(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).

PROVISIONAL STATUS

Individuals who have documented the required education but who lack the necessary training/experience listed below 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/experience in the applicable disciplines, 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:

  • 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

  • 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.

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