I hope I can offer some insight on what a medical technician or MT(ASCP)
but laboratory assistant is left as explanation by others, hopefully from
someone who is a laboratory assistant. I would like to see that
explanation myself. In other countries, the qualifications and even titles
can be different - Canada has a different system for training and
A medical technician,or MT(ASCP), in the USA will have a baccalaureate
degree (complete four years of university) in some science curriculum which
could be a BS in microbiology with a Med Tech option and an internship in
an accredited laboratory/hospital setting. After the internship, they take
a test for certification as an MT(ASCP). When I did my med tech
training, 18 months internship was required before graduated from
university - a long haul since it was 5 full years of college instead of 4
years. I later opted to take the HT(ASCP) histologic technician and
HTL(ASCP) certification exams long after getting the MT(ASCP).
MT's perform complex diagnostic testing in a laboratory including
microbiology including parasitology, urinalysis, blood chemistry,
hematology, serology, blood gases, virology, and probably more skills i.e.
molecular biology related testing? In the 60's, med tech training still
included histology with testing on our certification exam, but that has
changed. The registry for histotechnicians (HT or HTL) is now a separate
entity and certification, although potential MT's often have exposure to
histotechnology during their training, and many MT's are also certified as
HT and HTL's.
I will let someone else explain an laboratory assistant. Also, the ASCP
website should provide even more details on medical technicians.
Hope this helps to some extent.
Research Histopathology Supervisor
Veterinary Molecular Biology
Montana State University - Bozeman
At 08:28 AM 4/18/2007, you wrote:
>What is the definition of a Laboratory Assistant and a Medical
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