AMT MT Certification - Medical Technologist

Certification by American Medical Technologists (AMT) gives medical technologists (MT) and other allied health professionals numerous advantages. First and foremost, certification gives individuals opportunities to validate their skills and competencies learned in their degree programs and laboratory work experience. Secondly, through certification, allied health professionals can stay informed of best practices through continuing education and engage in professional development. Lastly, AMT certification upholds professional standards of quality in both national and international fields of allied healthcare. AMT’s competency-based exams are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

In order to be eligible for certification, applicants for the medical technologist certification exam need to have successfully completed an accredited medical technology program. Once eligibility has been verified, applicants must complete an online application, pay the fees, and prepare for and take the examinations. Test preparation materials are available on the American Medical Technologists website to help students to prepare for and successfully pass their examinations.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, applicants for medical technologist positions must have earned a baccalaureate degree in medical technology and have completed their academic program within the past five years. Alternatively, applicants who have previously taken and passed a generalist MT examination given by another certification organization or state licensure agency may apply and must prove that the examination has been approved by the AMT Board of Directors. In most cases, a minimum of one year full-time paid clinical laboratory experience is required for eligibility to sit for the AMT exam.

In addition to national certification, an individual’s state of residence may have its own certification examinations, registration, and licensing requirements for medical technologists. States may recognize components of the national exam for some of their own standards and may have additional requirements for specific certifications for licensure in allied health professions.

Read on for a complete guide to medical technologist and other associated allied health positions including medical laboratory technician (MLT), medical laboratory assistant (CMLA), and registered medical assistant (RMA) certification. The AMT exams for the aforementioned certifications are administered by Pearson Vue.

Medical Technologist – AMT MT Certification

American Medical Technologists (AMT) Medical Technologist (MT) Exam covers a comprehensive list of medical knowledge areas including general laboratory procedures, blood bank and immunohematology, chemistry, hematology, immunology, microbiology, parasitology, phlebotomy, and urinalysis.

There are three pathways of eligibility to sit for the AMT MT exam:

  • The first pathway is obtaining a baccalaureate degree in medical technology from an accredited institution. Applicants must have graduated from their degree program within the past five years and must also have approved full-time and paid clinical laboratory experience.
  • Secondly, an applicant may apply if they have obtained a baccalaureate degree in medical technology from an accredited institution and have previously completed a medical laboratory technician (MLT) certification or a 50-week US MLT through a military training program, in addition to a minimum of one year of approved clinical laboratory experience.
  • Thirdly, an applicant with a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution who has completed 35 semester-hours of coursework related to clinical laboratory sciences may apply. Additionally, applicants must have either completed an accredited medical technology training program or completed a minimum of one year of approved clinical laboratory experience through blood banking, microbiology, chemistry, and hematology.

Applicants who have successfully met all the eligibility requirements and passed the AMT exam for medical technologists are automatically registered and certified in the AMT database.

In order to maintain certification, medical technologists must pay an annual fee of $90, comply with the certification continuation program set forth by AMT every three years, and abide by the AMT standards of practice.

Medical Laboratory Technician – AMT MLT Certification

American Medical Technologists (AMT) Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Exam covers common clinical laboratory tests including hematology/coagulation, immunology/serology, immunohematology/blood banking, microbiology, clinical microscopy/urinalysis, and chemistry.

There are three possible routes to sit for the AMT MLT certification exam:

  • The first route is for applicants to obtain an associate’s degree in medical technology from an accredited institution. The educational programs must include clinical laboratory experience in blood banking, microbiology, chemistry, and hematology. Applicants must have graduated from their degree program within the past five years and must also have a minimum of six months of clinical full-time and paid laboratory experience.
  • The second route option to apply for MLT certification is to have at least two years (or 60 semester-hours) of courses earned from an institution accredited by a recognized regional or national accrediting agency. Twenty-five of the aforementioned hours must be related to various subjects in clinical laboratory sciences (e.g. chemistry, biology, mathematics, and/or computer science). No more than six semester-hours of mathematics and/or computer science may be applied toward the 25-hour requirement. A minimum of six months of approved full-time clinical laboratory experience is also required for this eligibility option and the laboratory experience must have been obtained within the previous five years.
  • The third route of eligibility for the MLT exam is the completion of a 50-week U.S. military medical laboratory training program by an accredited institution. The curricula for acceptable educational programs must include clinical experience in blood banking, microbiology, chemistry, and hematology sections of a laboratory. As with the previous two options, applicants must have completed their laboratory experience within the past five years and have a minimum of six months of full-time paid laboratory work experience.

Once an applicant has proven eligibility requirements and passed the AMT exam for medical laboratory technician (MLT), they are automatically registered and certified in the AMT database.

In order to maintain certification, medical laboratory technicians must pay an annual fee of $90 and maintain their proof of professional competency by complying with the certification continuation program set forth by AMT every three years.

Medical Laboratory Assistant – AMT CMLA Certification

American Medical Technologists (AMT) offers a preparation course for medical assistants interested in the Medical Laboratory Assistant (CMLA) Exam. The review materials are separated into three modules: general knowledge, administrative knowledge, and clinical knowledge.

There are two routes available to pursue AMT CMLA certification:

  • Education route – Applicants need to have completed (or be scheduled to graduate from) an academic course of study that includes a minimum of 200 didactic hours and a minimum of 120 hours of documented and approved clinical laboratory experience. A minimum of 100 hours of study of fundamental laboratory technology is required. Applicants must have graduated from their academic programs within the last five years or provide proof of approved laboratory experience.
  • Work experience route – People applying for certification through this route must have satisfactorily completed a minimum of 1,040 hours of work experience in the past three years with an emphasis on laboratory technology in a healthcare setting. A minimum of 520 hours of clinical laboratory experience is required.

After providing proof of eligibility requirements and passing the AMT exam for medical laboratory assistant, applicants are automatically registered and certified in the AMT database.

In order to maintain certification, medical laboratory technicians must pay an annual fee of $50 and submit proof of professional competency every three years by complying with the certification continuation program as determined by the AMT.

Registered Medical Assistant – AMT RMA Certification

American Medical Technologists (AMT) also offers a preparation course for medical assistants preparing to take the Medical Assistant (RMA) Exam. The review materials are separated into three modules: general knowledge, administrative knowledge, and clinical knowledge.

There are four possible pathways to sit for the AMT RMA certification exam:

  • Education pathway – Applicant must be a recent graduate (or be scheduled to graduate from) an accredited medical assistant program with a minimum of 720 hours of training, including 160 hours of clinical externship. If there is a gap of four years or more between the date of graduation and application for certification, the applicant must provide evidence of relevant work experience for three of the past five years.
  • Military pathway – Applicant must be a recent graduate of or be scheduled to graduate from a formal medical services training program in the United States Armed Forces. If a gap of more than four years exists between graduation and the date of application, evidence of relevant work experience for a minimum of three of the past five years is required.
  • Work experience pathway – Applicants who opt for this route need to provide proof of having been employed as a medical assistant for a minimum of five out of the previous seven years in full-time equivalent paid positions. No more than two years of that time should have been spent as an instructor in a postsecondary medical assistant program. Additionally, applicants must be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and be able to verify work experience in clinical and administrative duties. Proof of high school graduation is required as a minimum level of education.
  • Instructor pathway – Applicants in this pathway must be currently teaching in an accredited medical assisting program; have completed a course of instruction in a healthcare field related to medical assisting; and must have a minimum of five years of full-time teaching experience in a medical assisting discipline, including a range of clinical and administrative competencies. Applicants with between one and five years of full-time teaching experience must provide proof of three years of full-time clinical work experience in a healthcare profession.

Upon submitting proof of eligibility requirements and passing the AMT exam for registered medical assistants, applicants are automatically registered and certified in the AMT database of professionals.

In order to maintain certification, registered medical assistants must pay an annual fee of $50 and submit proof of continuing education competencies every three years by complying with the certification continuation program as determined by the AMT.