Are you eligible for MLT certification?

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

Required Documentation

Route 1: 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. *

  • Educational programs acceptable toward meeting certification requirements must include clinical laboratory experience rotating through the Blood Banking, Microbiology, Chemistry and Hematology sections of the laboratory as part of the curricula. 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.
  • Applicants seeking certification must have graduated from their degree program within the past FIVE years
  • Applicants graduating longer than five years from date of application must provide evidence of six months of full-time (or equivalent) approved laboratory experience within the last five years
  • Approved Clinical Laboratory Experience credited toward eligibility must have been gained while employed (not during training) 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.  Full-time experience is defined as working an average of 40 hours/week (may be a combination of part-time settings)

*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 the AMT Board of Directors.

If recently graduated (last 5 years):  

  • Copy of your college transcripts showing an associate degree in medical laboratory technology
  • Evaluation report of foreign transcript. The evaluation must be a course by course evaluation by one of the evaluation services listed on our website

If graduated 5+ years ago:

  • Copy of your college transcripts showing an associate degree in medical laboratory technology
  • Evaluation report of foreign transcript. The evaluation must be a course by course evaluation by one of the evaluation services listed on our website
  • Documented, relevant, full-time approved laboratory experience for six months, that is verified by AMT, within the last five years. Full-time experience is defined as working an average of 40 hours/week (may be a combination of part-time settings)
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Route 2: 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 *, including at least 25 semester hours of coursework across various subjects related to the clinical laboratory sciences, such as courses in 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 approved clinical laboratory experience including rotation through the Blood Banking, Microbiology, Chemistry and Hematology sections of the laboratory. 

  • Approved Clinical Laboratory Experience credited toward eligibility must have been gained while employed (not during training) 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.  Full-time experience is defined as working an average of 40 hours/week (may be a combination of part-time settings)

Educational programs acceptable toward meeting certification requirements must include clinical laboratory experience rotating through Blood Banking, Microbiology, Chemistry and Hematology sections of the laboratory.

*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 the AMT Board of Directors.

If recently graduated (last 5 years):  

  • Copy of your college transcripts showing an associate degree in medical laboratory technology 
  • Evaluation report of foreign transcript. The evaluation must be a course by course evaluation by one of the evaluation services listed on our website
  • Documented, relevant, full-time approved laboratory experience for 6 months within the last 5 years that is verified by AMT. Full-time experience is defined as working an average of 40 hours/week, which may be a combination of part-time settings
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Route 3: 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 the AMT Board of Directors.

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 
  • Applicants graduating longer than five years from date of application must provide evidence of six months of full-time (or equivalent) approved laboratory experience within the last five years. Full-time experience is defined as working an average of 40 hours/week (may be a combination of part-time settings)
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Route 4: 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 the AMT Board of Directors. Applicant's certification or state license must be active. Applicant must document recent education (within the last year) or employment (within the last five years), both as defined by AMT eligibility criteria. No exam is required.

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
$175
MLT**
$200

*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.

Locate a Testing Center Near Me

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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