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How much chemistry is required at the high school and college level to become a medical lab tech?

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Shani’s Answer

Hey there! If you major in a biological science in college that should be enough, if not, as a tech it may still be helpful to do gen chem and organic.
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Emily’s Answer

I am a chemical production lab tech (not biology) but it is a similar job. I know for my job 16 hours of chemistry is expected for entry level.
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I am a chemical production lab tech (not biology) but it is a similar job. I know for my job 16 hours of chemistry is expected for entry level.
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Jodi’s Answer

In high school I took one chemistry class and that was enough. More chemistry classes would probably have been helpful, but I didn’t feel like I was at a disadvantage when I got to college. When I pursued my Bachelors Degree in college, I chose Medical Laboratory Science as my major, which required so much chemistry that a chemistry minor was automatically included. The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) is the largest American agency offering national certification for laboratory professionals and offers several national certifications. A Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) certification requires a bachelors degree with at least 16 semester hours of chemistry with at least one organic or bio chem class required. A Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) certification requires an Associates Degree with at least 6 semester hours of chemistry. For more information you should look at the ASCP website, specifically the BOC (Board of Certification) page.
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