MLT (ASCP) - Medical Laboratory Technician
- Renews every 3 years
The Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) certification prepares laboratory technicians with the skills necessary to assist laboratory staff in various clinical settings. Responsibilities of medical laboratory technicians include the collection of specimen samples, as well as testing samples. This skill provides critical lab value information to physicians and nurses, used to diagnose, and treat numerous conditions.
Certification is provided by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).
There are several ways applicants can be eligible for the Medical Laboratory Technician Certification. Including:
Applicants must have an associate degree in medical laboratory technology.
Candidates must have completed 60 semester hours within the last two years, including 25 hours of work related to laboratory sciences, AND completed at least 6 months of clinical laboratory experience in the blood bank, microbiology, or chemistry laboratories.
Applicants who have completed a 50-week medical laboratory training program sponsored by the US military.
Applicants must have previously taken and passed a generalist MLT examination that a certification group or licensure organization provided. An applicant must also have an active state license or certification and meet employment and education requirements.
Once a candidate is deemed eligible, they can apply and pay an application fee.
MLT Exam: $215
MLT * Exam: 225 (available for those living outside of North America)
The exam consists of 100 computer-based questions, with a 2 hour 30 minute time limit. Once the exam is complete, applicants receive results within 48 hours. An official certificate will be mailed upon successful completion, and candidates can also download a member card.
If a candidate does not pass the exam and wants to retest, they must wait at least 45 days after the initial test. A non-refundable fee of $125 is required. Applicants are limited to 4 exam attempts for certification.
Certification renewal is required every 3 years. A renewal fee of $95 is required at the time of renewal. If certification has lapsed, candidates can recertify by submitting a CCP Application or recertify by exam. The cost for renewal if accreditation has expired is $310.
I live outside the United States. Am I eligible for certification?
Yes, this certification is open to those outside North America. Additional fees will apply. Applicants outside of the US can take the International Medical Laboratory Technician, MLT(ASCP)
How should I study for the exam?
It’s recommended that applicants begin preparing for the exam months before taking the actual test. You can prepare for the exam by reading MLT study guides and taking an MLT Certification practice test.
What type of content is covered in the exam?
The MLT exam is a comprehensive exam that covers the following topics:
Urinalysis & body fluids
General laboratory theories
Blood bank & transfusion practices