Medical technologist

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A medical technologist is an old name for various medical fields and is different from clinical laboratory medicine site (medical laboratory scientist, clinical laboratory scientist, medical laboratory technologist variation in names ) is an allied health professional that analyzes and tests body fluids and tissues. This includes blood, urine, CSF, synovial fluid, all types of tissue samples, and almost any type of sample removed from a patient for testing. They are responsible for operating and maintaining complex analyzers that are used in a laboratory and ensuring the laboratory results of each patient are accurate and timely.

A medical technologist typically holds a bachelor's degree and has been through an internship. The internship can either be a portion of the degree program or be done after the laboratorian has already completed their degree.

In some countries, medical technologists may be called biomedical scientists, medical laboratory scientists, clinical laboratory scientists or medical laboratory technologists.[1]

Variations by Country[edit]

Several countries provide information for medical technologists:


  • Biomedical scientist
  • Medical technologist
  • Medical laboratory scientist
  • Clinical laboratory scientist

South Africa[edit]

  • Medical technologist


  • Medical laboratory specialist


  • Medical laboratory specialist

United Kingdom[edit]

United States[edit]

In the United States, a medical technologist is typically certified by a national board of registry for the profession. Some common certification boards include the American Society for Clinical Pathologists (ASCP),[2] the American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB),[3] and the American Medical Technologists (AMT).[4]It is usually necessary to obtain certification from one of the above certifying boards in order to become employed. Each of the certifying boards have their own regulations pertaining to education and experience in the field. As of January 2015, 12 states and PR (California, Georgia, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and West Virginia) require medical technologists to be licensed.[5] Employment of medical laboratory technologists and technicians is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. An increase in the aging population will lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions, such as cancer or type 2 diabetes, through laboratory procedures.[6]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Occupational Outlook Handbook — Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians but they belongs to separate field in most of countries medical technologist differs from labortary doctors". U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved January 17, 2015. 
  2. ^ "American Society for Clinical Pathology".  External link in |website= (help);
  3. ^ "American Association of Bioanalysts".  External link in |website= (help);
  4. ^ "American Medical Technologists".  External link in |website= (help);
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