Medical Lab Technician (MLT) Schools

While no one can deny the importance of physicians, surgeons, and nurses, there are a number of other healthcare professionals who work behind the scenes, often unnoticed, making significant contributions to healthcare. Not the least of these is the medical laboratory technician, or MLT, who conducts a variety of lab tests to help with the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of conditions as varied as AIDS, cancer and diabetes.

Entry-level MLTs perform routine clinical lab tests that include hematology, clinical chemistry, microbiology, serology/immunology, and other diagnostic tests.

Once medical lab technicians have the skills needed for employment, one of the exciting aspects of their job is the ability to work in a wide variety of environments. These can range from hospital labs to research labs as well as veterinary labs and even to public health facilities.

In order to become eligible for an entry-level position, prospective MLTs typically must complete a minimum of a two-year associate’s degree program. Keep reading for details on MLT programs in the U.S., including online options for working professionals.

Medical Lab Technician fast facts
Projected Jobs Created22,900
Projected Job Growth14%
Average Salary$51,770
Low Salary$29,640
High Salary$79,530
Entry-Level EDU Associate's Degree (Technician) or Bachelor's Degree (Technologist)
Sourced from BLS, June 2018

Degree & certification Programs

Medical lab technicians typically need an associate’s degree to obtain entry-level work in the field, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Most associate degree programs can be completed in about two years, but some fast-track programs are also available to students, particularly those who already have training in a related healthcare field, such as nursing. There are many different programs available in the U.S. Below are listed just six of the medical lab technician schools offering programs, although there are many more to choose from:

  • Rasmussen College – Located in the midwest, Rassmussen College offers a medical lab technician associate degree at three of its campus-based locations, including in Lake Elmo/Woodbury and Moorhead, Minnesota, as well as Green Bay, Wisconsin. The program provides hands-on learning to students in areas like blood banking, clinical chemistry, and microbiology. The program can be completed in as quickly as 24 months and includes a six-month practicum that occurs at clinical sites. Students should be prepared to sit for the medical lab technician credentialing exam offered through the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) upon graduation, and the school even covers the application fee for the first attempt. (See more on certifications in the section further below).

  • Folsom Lake College – With campuses in Folsom, Placerville, and Rancho Cordova, the MLT program at this California-based school leads to an associate of science (AS) degree in medical technology, and can take anywhere between 18 to 24 months to complete. The first two semesters consist of didactic coursework followed by a semester of rotations, but these rotations do not align with the school’s typical fall/spring calendar. In all, 10 med tech classes, including four practicums, are completed in the program. Example courses in the program include clinical microbiology, hematology, and clinical chemistry and urinalysis. Folsom Lake’s MLT degree should help prepare students sit for the national certifying exam available through the ASCP.

  • El Centro College – Located in Dallas, Texas, El Centro College offers an associate of applied science (AAS) degree in MLT, but requires students to complete 39 credits in general education courses and health-related courses in the first two semesters. From there, students can apply for acceptance into the program, but admission is fairly competitive, given that there are just 20 spaces each year. The application period is January 1 to March 15 annually. If admitted, students begin their medical lab technician coursework mid-May, finishing over a 16-month period that features lectures, labs and clinical coursework.

  • Allegany College of Maryland – With locations in Cumberland, Maryland, and Everett and Somerset, Pennsylvania, Allegany College of Maryland gives students the opportunity to complete an MLT program in a few different ways. Allegany College offers a traditional associate’s degree route, a biotechnology degree option, a biotechnology certificate, and a fast-track MLT program for those who have already completed their general education courses. In the traditional track, students complete 13 courses specific to MLT, one of which includes an internship. Students also take a trip to the Regional Red Cross Facility in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, during their blood banking class. Students at Allegany can also join the MLT Club at the school. Students should be prepared to sit for certification through the ASCP upon completion of their medical laboratory technician school program, according to the school website.

  • Keiser University – The associate degree program in MLT offered through Keiser University is available at its Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, Florida locations. To obtain the school’s AS degree, students need to complete 73 credit hours in all, 26 of which are in general education (which all must be completed with a ‘C ‘or higher) and 47 of which are in the MLT major. In the program, students learn about the lab tests and standard lab practices used in clinical chemistry, clinical microbiology, immunohematology, hematology, serology/immunology and urinalysis. While there are 12 courses specific to MLT program, students may need to take an additional eight credit hours in biology and eight credit hours in chemistry to sit for MLT certification.

Applicants to any MLT program should be advised that they may need to meet different eligibility requirements to be accepted into or to stay enrolled in one of the medical lab technician schools. For example, a ‘C’ average in all MLT classes might be necessary. Students might also need to supply certain items themselves, such as lab fees, a lab coat and malpractice insurance. Students applying to programs may also be required to undergo a background clearance, a drug screening, and a physical exam to even be considered.

List of Medical Lab Technician Schools

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School City State Website grads (2018)
George Washington University Washington District of Columbia 494
West Kentucky Community and Technical College Paducah Kentucky 63
Tulsa Community College Tulsa Oklahoma 57
Jefferson State Community College Birmingham Alabama 55
Southwest University at El Paso El Paso Texas 46
Laredo College Laredo Texas 42
Weatherford College Weatherford Texas 40
Virginia Western Community College Roanoke Virginia 37
Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis Indiana 36
Miami Dade College Miami Florida 35
Jefferson Community and Technical College Louisville Kentucky 34
Phoenix College Phoenix Arizona 32
Tidewater Community College Norfolk Virginia 31
Hopkinsville Community College Hopkinsville Kentucky 30
Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale Florida 29
San Diego Miramar College San Diego California 29
Tyler Junior College Tyler Texas 28
Folsom Lake College Folsom California 28
Henderson Community College Henderson Kentucky 27
Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Virginia 27
Mountain Empire Community College Big Stone Gap Virginia 26
Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Miami Oklahoma 26
Somerset Community College Somerset Kentucky 26
Vista College El Paso Texas 26
J Sargeant Reynolds Community College Richmond Virginia 24
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science Rochester Minnesota 24
Northern Michigan University Marquette Michigan 24
Saddleback College Mission Viejo California 24
Tarleton State University Stephenville Texas 24
Wytheville Community College Wytheville Virginia 24
Maysville Community and Technical College Maysville Kentucky 23
Quest College San Antonio Texas 22
San Jacinto Community College Pasadena Texas 22
South College Knoxville Tennessee 22
South Louisiana Community College Lafayette Louisiana 22
University of New Mexico-Main Campus Albuquerque New Mexico 22
CUNY Bronx Community College Bronx New York 21
Madison Area Technical College Madison Wisconsin 21
Madisonville Community College Madisonville Kentucky 21
Allen College Waterloo Iowa 20
Anne Arundel Community College Arnold Maryland 20
Boston University Boston Massachusetts 20
Hazard Community and Technical College Hazard Kentucky 20
Portland Community College Portland Oregon 20
Shoreline Community College Shoreline Washington 20
Sinclair Community College Dayton Ohio 20
Alamance Community College Graham North Carolina 19
Community College of Philadelphia Philadelphia Pennsylvania 19
Rose State College Midwest City Oklahoma 19
Arapahoe Community College Littleton Colorado 18
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Cincinnati Ohio 18
Eastern Florida State College Cocoa Florida 18
George C Wallace State Community College-Hanceville Hanceville Alabama 18
Houston Community College Houston Texas 18
Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee Wisconsin 18
Quincy College Quincy Massachusetts 18
SUNY Broome Community College Binghamton New York 18
Wake Technical Community College Raleigh North Carolina 18
Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny Iowa 17
Mt San Antonio College Walnut California 17
Austin Community College District Austin Texas 16
Casper College Casper Wyoming 16
Community College of Allegheny County Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 16
Danville Community College Danville Virginia 16
Erie Community College Buffalo New York 16
Mercer County Community College West Windsor New Jersey 16
North Georgia Technical College Clarkesville Georgia 16
Saint Paul College Saint Paul Minnesota 16
Sandhills Community College Pinehurst North Carolina 16
Columbus State Community College Columbus Ohio 15
Hawkeye Community College Waterloo Iowa 15
Lakeland Community College Kirtland Ohio 15
Marion Technical College Ocala Florida 15
Middlesex Community College Bedford Massachusetts 15
Western Dakota Technical Institute Rapid City South Dakota 15
Central Texas College Killeen Texas 14
Chippewa Valley Technical College Eau Claire Wisconsin 14
El Centro College Dallas Texas 14
Gadsden State Community College Gadsden Alabama 14
Kapiolani Community College Honolulu Hawaii 14
Marion Technical College Marion Ohio 14
Panola College Carthage Texas 14
Southeastern Technical College Vidalia Georgia 14
Spartanburg Community College Spartanburg South Carolina 14
West Georgia Technical College Waco Georgia 14
Allegany College of Maryland Cumberland Maryland 13
Central Piedmont Community College Charlotte North Carolina 13
Community College of Baltimore County Baltimore Maryland 13
Community College of Rhode Island Warwick Rhode Island 13
Elgin Community College Elgin Illinois 13
Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville Florida 13
Fortis Institute-Cookeville Cookeville Tennessee 13
Kankakee Community College Kankakee Illinois 13
Pearl River Community College Poplarville Mississippi 13
Pima Community College Tucson Arizona 13
Seminole State College Seminole Oklahoma 13
Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College Cumberland Kentucky 13
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College Mount Gay West Virginia 13
Southwest Tennessee Community College Memphis Tennessee 13
Alexandria Technical & Community College Alexandria Minnesota 12
Amarillo College Amarillo Texas 12
Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque New Mexico 12
Clark State Community College Springfield Ohio 12
College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas Nevada 12
Erwin Technical College Tampa Florida 12
John C Calhoun State Community College Tanner Alabama 12
Platt College-McCann-Allentown Allentown Pennsylvania 12
Shawnee State University Portsmouth Ohio 12
Stark State College North Canton Ohio 12
Volunteer State Community College Gallatin Tennessee 12
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Asheville North Carolina 11
Baker College Flint Michigan 11
BridgeValley Community & Technical College South Charleston West Virginia 11
Carrington College-Phoenix East Phoenix Arizona 11
Coastal Carolina Community College Jacksonville North Carolina 11
Edison State Community College Piqua Ohio 11
Fortis Institute-Nashville Nashville Tennessee 11
Grayson College Denison Texas 11
Greenville Technical College Greenville South Carolina 11
Harrisburg Area Community College Harrisburg Pennsylvania 11
Illinois Central College East Peoria Illinois 11
Mississippi Delta Community College Moorhead Mississippi 11
Owensboro Community and Technical College Owensboro Kentucky 11
Rappahannock Community College Glenns Virginia 11
Tri-County Technical College Pendleton South Carolina 11
Trident Technical College Charleston South Carolina 11
Washington State Community College Marietta Ohio 11
Bristol Community College Fall River Massachusetts 10
Brookline College-Phoenix Phoenix Arizona 10
Central Georgia Technical College Warner Robins Georgia 10
Columbia State Community College Columbia Tennessee 10
Davidson County Community College Thomasville North Carolina 10
De Anza College Cupertino California 10
Farmingdale State College Farmingdale New York 10
Fortis College-Landover Landover Maryland 10
Georgia Piedmont Technical College Clarkston Georgia 10
Iowa Central Community College Fort Dodge Iowa 10
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Perkinston Mississippi 10
Mitchell Technical Institute Mitchell South Dakota 10
Moraine Park Technical College Fond du Lac Wisconsin 10
Southwestern College Chula Vista California 10
Southwestern Illinois College Belleville Illinois 10
Southwestern Oklahoma State University Weatherford Oklahoma 10
St Philip's College San Antonio Texas 10
Turtle Mountain Community College Belcourt North Dakota 10
Western Piedmont Community College Morganton North Carolina 10
Bunker Hill Community College Boston Massachusetts 9
College of the Canyons Santa Clarita California 9
Del Mar College Corpus Christi Texas 9
Lorain County Community College Elyria Ohio 9
Middlesex County College Edison New Jersey 9
Minnesota State College Southeast Winona Minnesota 9
Monroe Community College Rochester New York 9
North Hennepin Community College Brooklyn Park Minnesota 9
Northeast Texas Community College Mount Pleasant Texas 9
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Green Bay Wisconsin 9
Northern Essex Community College Haverhill Massachusetts 9
Oakton Community College Des Plaines Illinois 9
Pierpont Community and Technical College Fairmont West Virginia 9
South Central College North Mankato Minnesota 9
Southeast Community College Area Lincoln Nebraska 9
Three Rivers College Poplar Bluff Missouri 9
Western Technical College La Crosse Wisconsin 9
Arkansas State University-Beebe Beebe Arkansas 8
Blackhawk Technical College Janesville Wisconsin 8
Concorde Career College-Memphis Memphis Tennessee 8
Dutchess Community College Poughkeepsie New York 8
El Paso Community College El Paso Texas 8
Heritage University Toppenish Washington 8
Howard Community College Columbia Maryland 8
Indian Hills Community College Ottumwa Iowa 8
Indian River State College Fort Pierce Florida 8
Jackson State Community College Jackson Tennessee 8
Lord Fairfax Community College Middletown Virginia 8
Minnesota West Community and Technical College Granite Falls Minnesota 8
Nassau Community College Garden City New York 8
Northeast Mississippi Community College Booneville Mississippi 8
Nunez Community College Chalmette Louisiana 8
York Technical College Rock Hill South Carolina 8
Orange County Community College Middletown New York 7
Central Virginia Community College Lynchburg Virginia 7
Florence-Darlington Technical College Florence South Carolina 7
Louisiana State University-Alexandria Alexandria Louisiana 7
Manhattan Area Technical College Manhattan Kansas 7
McLennan Community College Waco Texas 7
Midlands Technical College West Columbia South Carolina 7
North Arkansas College Harrison Arkansas 7
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas Helena Arkansas 7
Springfield Technical Community College Springfield Massachusetts 7
Chattahoochee Technical College Marietta Georgia 6
Colorado Mesa University Grand Junction Colorado 6
Delgado Community College New Orleans Louisiana 6
Hinds Community College Raymond Mississippi 6
Lake Superior College Duluth Minnesota 6
Marshall University Huntington West Virginia 6
Meridian Community College Meridian Mississippi 6
National Park College Hot Springs Arkansas 6
Navarro College Corsicana Texas 6
New England Institute of Technology East Greenwich Rhode Island 6
Northcentral Technical College Wausau Wisconsin 6
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Hazleton Hazleton Pennsylvania 6
Pima Medical Institute-Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Colorado 6
Platt College-McCann-Lewisburg Lewisburg Pennsylvania 6
Reading Area Community College Reading Pennsylvania 6
Southeastern Community College Whiteville North Carolina 6
Stanly Community College Albemarle North Carolina 6
Texas Southmost College Brownsville Texas 6
University of New Mexico-Gallup Campus Gallup New Mexico 6
Wayne Community College Goldsboro North Carolina 6
Zane State College Zanesville Ohio 6
Blessing Hospital School of Medical Laboratory Technology Quincy Illinois 5
National American University-Zona Rosa Kansas City Missouri 5
CUNY Hunter College New York New York 5
Ferris State University Big Rapids Michigan 5
Fortis College-Baton Rouge Baton Rouge Louisiana 5
Fortis Institute-Birmingham Birmingham Alabama 5
Halifax Community College Weldon North Carolina 5
John A Logan College Carterville Illinois 5
Mid-Plains Community College North Platte Nebraska 5
Minnesota State Community and Technical College Fergus Falls Minnesota 5
Montgomery County Community College Blue Bell Pennsylvania 5
New River Community and Technical College Beaver West Virginia 5
University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage Alaska 5
Youngstown State University Youngstown Ohio 5
Bismarck State College Bismarck North Dakota 4
Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wesson Mississippi 4
River Valley Community College Claremont New Hampshire 4
Southern Regional Technical College Thomasville Georgia 4
Southwest Virginia Community College Cedar Bluff Virginia 4
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College Fennimore Wisconsin 4
Central Community College Grand Island Nebraska 3
Merritt College Oakland California 3
Mount Aloysius College Cresson Pennsylvania 3
Mount Wachusett Community College Gardner Massachusetts 3
Otero Junior College La Junta Colorado 3
Paul D Camp Community College Franklin Virginia 3
Saint Louis Community College Bridgeton Missouri 3
Shawnee Community College Ullin Illinois 3
University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne Fort Wayne Indiana 3
Mercyhurst University-North East Campus North East Pennsylvania 2
Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion Marion Indiana 2
Laurel Technical Institute Sharon Pennsylvania 2
Moberly Area Community College Moberly Missouri 2
Southwestern Community College Sylva North Carolina 2
Stautzenberger College-Maumee Maumee Ohio 2
Beaufort County Community College Washington North Carolina 1
Broward College Fort Lauderdale Florida 1
College of Southern Maryland La Plata Maryland 1
John Wood Community College Quincy Illinois 1
Kaskaskia College Centralia Illinois 1
Rend Lake College Ina Illinois 1
Rhode Island College Providence Rhode Island 1
Southern University at Shreveport Shreveport Louisiana 1
2017-2018 School Data from IPEDS (Sourced in November, 2019)

Hybrid & online programs

Students may be able to find medical lab technician schools throughout the U.S. that offer online or hybrid online programs that offer flexibility for those with work or family obligations. Often, very specific parts of these programs are offered online, typically the didactic learning components, while hands-on clinical work is still required. Because lab and clinical experiences are often part of medical lab technician programs, students may need to be on campus or at a clinical site during some segment or segments of their learning. Two schools offering hybrid learning include:

  • Arapahoe Community College – Students attending the medical lab technician program at this Littleton, Colorado-based school can work toward an associate of applied science degree over two years time, although a one-year fast-track option is also available. The lab sections that comprise the program are held Friday and Saturday afternoons, but the MLT courses are offered through hybrid instruction, meaning that many are partially online. Students also do 13 weeks of a clinical internship, occurring at hospital clinical sites. Finally, students who are interested in a bachelor’s degree can turn to advisement at the school, which has many transfer agreements in place with four-year schools.

  • Columbus State Community College: Students in the MLT program at this Columbus, Ohio-based school can complete an associate degree over five semesters. In the fifth semester, students test their skills through hands-on experiences arranged in environments located within 60 miles of Columbus. All of the program’s technical lecture courses are delivered using a Web-based format while lab work is done on campus at the school’s laboratories in Union Hall. The program provides students with essential knowledge and skills in areas like clinical chemistry, hematology, immunology, phlebotomy and others, and also prepares them to take the certifying exam offered through the ASCP.

School City State Website grads (2018)
George Washington University Washington District of Columbia 494
Weber State University Ogden Utah 166
Rasmussen College-Minnesota St. Cloud Minnesota 28
Auburn University at Montgomery Montgomery Alabama 22
Albany State University Albany Georgia 15
Lake Area Technical Institute Watertown South Dakota 14
Barton County Community College Great Bend Kansas 13
Hibbing Community College Hibbing Minnesota 10
Rasmussen College-Wisconsin Green Bay Wisconsin 8
Siena Heights University Adrian Michigan 6
Harcum College Bryn Mawr Pennsylvania 5
Seward County Community College Liberal Kansas 5
Rasmussen College-North Dakota Fargo North Dakota 3
2017-2018 School Data from IPEDS (Sourced in November, 2019)

Core & Elective Courses

The educational components of a medical lab tech program should generally be similar across the board since students need to be able to complete the same types of lab tasks no matter where they are employed in the U.S. For this reason, some of the common courses featured in medical lab tech programs include:

  • Basic and intermediate lab skills

  • Blood banking

  • Hematology

  • Immunology

  • Medical terminology

  • Phlebotomy

  • Urinalysis

Students working on an associate's degree will also need to complete a broad number of general education courses, usually in the social sciences, liberal arts and math, or even related to career development. Coursework may include science components in anatomy, chemistry and physiology. In addition to general education classes, medical lab tech schools also typically require students to gain hands-on skills through clinical practicums or externships, which often occur during the final semester or semesters of a program.


Many medical lab technician programs in the U.S. will have accreditation through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), which accredits a range of allied health programs. Programmatic accreditation through NAACLS requires that a program submit a thorough self-study as well as a site visit from NAACLS experts in the MLT field. Accreditation means that the program curriculum, faculty, and facilities have been evaluated for effectiveness and learning outcomes.

A search, as recent as July 2018, on the NAACLS website reveals that 244 medical lab technician programs are accredited through the institution. Results can be ordered by state or by zip code. The phone number for each school’s MLT program and the e-mail for its director is provided for each search result.

In addition to programmatic accreditation through the NAACLS, applicants should look for institutional accreditation as well. Regionally based organizations such as the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) conduct an accreditation process that is similar to that of the NAACLS. However, unlike the NAACLS, regional accreditation will take into account the performance and facilities of an entire school. Accreditation generally helps assure students that a specific program meets necessary education and training standards, but can also be needed to seek certification through credentialing organizations. Many licensing bodies require that applicants have completed a program that has earned some type of accreditation, although specific vary depending on the license.

Career Outlook

Job demand for medical and clinical lab technicians is expected to grow by 14 percent from 2016 to 2026, according to the BLS (2017). This job growth is twice as fast as average and could lead to 22,900 additional positions becoming available during this time. What are the reasons for this expected job demand? Access to health insurance, driven by new federal legislation, is providing more people with coverage and leading to needs for more lab personnel, as a result. Additionally, an aging Baby Boomer population should place more demands on the health services industry, as individuals and doctors turn to more laboratory workers to help diagnose diseases or conditions. In all, by 2026, the BLS predicts that 187,200 people in the U.S. will be employed as clinical and medical laboratory technicians, an increase from 164,200 in 2016.

Career Facts Medical Lab Technician
Related CareersBiological Technician, Chemical Technician, Dental Laboratory Technician, Veterinary Technician
Common Job TitlesMedical Laboratory Technician, Clinical Laboratory Technician, Medical Technician
Technology & EquipmentMicroscopes, Cell Counters, Computerized Instruments
Sourced from BLS, June 2018

Licensing & Certification

There are a number of organizations offering medical lab technician certification, which may be preferred by some employers or may even be necessary to seek licensure in some states. For example, in the state of New York, to become licensed as a Certified Clinical Laboratory Technician, applicants must pass the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board for Registry's Medical Laboratory Technician exam. Other steps may be required for licensure, such as a licensing fee and proof of specific educational requirements, for example. Licensing requirements differ from state to state, but the following are some of the certifications available for medical lab technicians:

American Medical Technologists

The Medical Lab Technician (MLT) certification, offered through American Medical Technologists (AMT), requires applicants to have completed an associate degree in medical lab technology from an accredited institution or to have taken other alternate routes. Each route to this certification requires appropriate clinical experience. The exam, which can be taken at a PearsonVUE test center, includes questions in general laboratory, chemistry, hematology and other areas.

American Association of Bioanalysts

The MLT generalist certification offered through the American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB) requires students to complete an associate degree in laboratory science or medical laboratory technology from an accredited program, or complete alternative education routes and pass the organization’s certifying exam. Having five years of clinical laboratory experience within the past 10 years or completing a military program are other ways to qualify for AAB’s MLT exam.

American Society for Clinical Pathology

MLT certification is also available through the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) for students completing an associate degree from an accredited institution and having either: 1) three years of qualifying experience, 2) completion of a military program, 3) completion of an NAACLS- or ABHES-accredited MLT program, or 4) an existing CLA(ASCP) certification (discontinued in 1982). The ASCP offers a broad number of other certifications, as well, including in specialist areas such as blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology.

Why get certified? The benefits can be many, according to the AMT website. These include opportunities for higher wages and promotions and simply a way to initially become employed. “Certification translates to an advantage in the workplace,” the AMT website reads. “Many employers now require certification because they know that individuals who are certified are committed to their profession and to quality patient care.” In addition, there are some states that require certification and licensure in order to work in this profession. It is important that any program applicant investigate the requirements for the state where they intend to work prior to investing in an MLT education.