American Medical Technologists (AMT) > Medical Laboratory Technician

Are you eligible for MLT certification?

Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) applicants shall meet one of the following eligibility routes.

Required Documentation

Education

Applicant shall possess an associate degree in medical laboratory technology (or equivalent) from a program or institution accredited by a recognized regional or national accreditation agency. *

  • Acceptable programs must include clinical rotation through sections of the laboratory that includes blood banking, microbiology, chemistry, and hematology testing
    • Applicants graduating from programs that do NOT include an experiential component must obtain and document evidence of 6 months of approved laboratory experience that includes the required rotation listed above.

*Program or institution must be accredited by a regional or national accreditation agency approved by the US Department of Education (DOE), the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or otherwise approved by AMT.

If recently graduated (last 5 years):  

  • Copy of your college transcripts showing an associate degree in medical laboratory technology

If graduated 5+ years ago:

  • Copy of your college transcripts showing an associate degree in medical laboratory technology
  • Six months of documented, full-time laboratory experience within the last 5 years, including a clinical rotation through the disciplines in a laboratory that performs the chemical, physical, or biological examination of human body fluids and tissues and uses clinical laboratory techniques and methodologies
    • Work requirement is full-time at 40 hours/week (part-time combination allowed)
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Alternate Education Route

Applicant shall have completed at least two years (60 semester hours) of courses in an institution accredited by a recognized regional or national accreditation agency * or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution as certified by a foreign transcript evaluation agency approved by AMT.

  • AND shall have completed at least 25 semester hours of coursework across various subjects related to the clinical laboratory sciences, such as chemical or biological science, mathematics, and/or computer science
    • No more than 6 semester hours of mathematics and/or computer science may be used toward the 25-semester hour requirement
  • AND shall have completed a minimum of six months of clinical rotation through sections of the laboratory that includes blood banking, microbiology, chemistry, and hematology testing

*Program or institution must be accredited by a regional or national accreditation agency approved by the US Department of Education (DOE), the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or otherwise approved by AMT.

  • Copy of your college transcripts showing:
    • Completion of 60 semester hours of courses with at least 25 semester hours across various subjects related to the clinical laboratory sciences (maximum of 6 semester hours consisting of mathematics and/or computer science courses)
  • Six months of documented, relevant, full-time laboratory experience within the last 5 years in a laboratory that performs the chemical, physical, or biological examination of human body fluids and tissues and that uses clinical laboratory techniques and methodologies.
    • Work requirement is full-time at 40 hours/week (part-time combination allowed)

Degrees from Foreign Institutions:

  • Evaluation report of foreign transcripts The evaluation must be a course-by-course evaluation by one of the evaluation services listed on our website. List of evaluation services
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Military

Applicant shall have completed a 50-week US military medical laboratory training program provided that the training credits were earned in, or have been accepted for transfer by, an accredited college or university leading to the award of an appropriate degree

*Program or institution must be accredited by a regional or national accreditation agency approved by the US Department of Education (DOE), the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or otherwise approved by AMT.

If recently graduated (last 5 years):

  • Copy of your military transcripts showing an associate degree in medical laboratory technology

If graduated 5+ years ago:

  • Copy of your military transcripts showing an associate degree in medical laboratory technology
  • Six months of documented, relevant, full-time laboratory experience within the last 5 years in a laboratory that performs the chemical, physical, or biological examination of human body fluids and tissues and that uses clinical laboratory techniques and methodologies.
    • Work requirement is full-time at 40 hours/week (part-time combination allowed)
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Other Recognized Program

Applicant shall have taken and passed a generalist MLT examination given by another certification organization or state licensure agency, provided that the examination has been approved by AMT. Applicant's certification or state license must be active. Applicant must document recent education (within the last five years) or employment (six months within the last five years), both as defined by AMT eligibility criteria.

No exam is required.

Recent completion of an accredited training program (last 5 years):

  • Official documentation indicating a passing result on the assessment:
    • Copy of examination score and current certification card from another certification organization OR
    • Copy of examination score and current state licensure card from issuing agency
  • Copy of your college transcript showing completion of an accredited medical laboratory technology program within the past five years

Laboratory experience or completion of an accredited training program 5+ years ago:

  • Official documentation indicating a passing result on the assessment:
    • Copy of examination score and current certification card from another certification organization OR
    • Copy of examination score and current state licensure card from issuing agency
  • Six months of documented, full-time laboratory experience within the last 5 years, which includes a clinical rotation through the disciplines in a laboratory that performs the chemical, physical, or biological examination of human body fluids and tissues and uses clinical laboratory techniques and methodologies
    • Work requirement is full-time at 40 hours/week (part-time combination allowed)

Degrees from Foreign Institutions:

  • Evaluation report of foreign transcripts The evaluation must be a course-by-course evaluation by one of the evaluation services listed on our website. List of evaluation services
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Once Eligible You Can Apply

Complete application and submit fee online.

Once you are eligible you can apply. Submit a separate application for each certification.

Pay fee*

MLT
$200
MLT**
$225

*Fees are non-refundable and include application, exam and first annual fee.
**Only available to those residing outside North America.

Utilize AMT study resources to increase testing confidence.

Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT)

 

Once you receive notification from AMT with approval you may proceed.

Schedule the exam

If you are taking the exam at your school, your instructor will provide information about the exam date and time. If you are taking the exam at a one of the hundreds of Pearson VUE testing center locations across the country, you will schedule your own exam.

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To cancel or reschedule

Call Pearson VUE at 1-888-846-6941 24 hours prior to your exam. If you are late or don’t show, you must pay a retesting fee to reschedule.

Take the Exam

Arrive 30 minutes prior to exam time with the required testing items:

  1. Authorization letter
  2. Two forms of valid identification
    • Both must have your first and last name identical to your name on your authorization letter
    • Both must bear your signature
    • One form must be a photo ID, either a driver’s license, state ID card, military ID, or passport

After the Exam

  • Results are available after the exam and are sent to AMT within 48 hours
  • All documentation MUST be complete to receive certification
  • Official certificate will arrive in the mail within 7-14 days
  • You may download your certified member card from My AMT Portal.

Retesting

If you receive a failing score, you will need to retake the entire exam.

  • Retake is permitted no sooner than 45 days from previous attempt
  • A non-refundable fee is required for each additional attempt
  • You are limited to 4 exam attempts for any one certification
  • Consult the AMT study resources to prepare for a retake

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