Medical Technologist (MT) Certificates, Licenses and Registration

Most states require medical technologists to be licensed or certified. Few states require licensure for MTs. Requirements vary by state.

To become licensed, medical technologists usually must graduate from an accredited program and either pass a certification exam from the state or obtain certification from a credentialing organization. Technologists may be certified in multiple specialties.

Certifications for medical technologists are available from the following organizations:

American Medical Technologists (AMT)

The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS)

The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)

Medical technologists and technicians can obtain a general certification as a medical laboratory technologist or technician, respectively, or a certification in a specialty, such as cytotechnology or medical biology. Most credentialing institutions require that technologists complete an accredited education program in order to qualify to sit for an exam.

For specific licensure requirements for medical technologists, it is recommended to contact the state’s health board in the state for which you intend on working. Employers typically require or prefer prospective technologists to be certified even if the state does not require it.