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How do I become an MLT without accumulating more student loans?

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In order to obtain certification as a medical lab technician through ASCP, an individual must first obtain an associate degree or complete at least 60 semester hours (including six hours of chemistry and six of biology) of academic credit from a college or university accredited by a recognized regional or national accreditation agency, and:

Have successfully completed a medical lab technician program accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) within the past five years;
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Have earned the ASCP certified laboratory assistant (CLA) credential (discontinued in 1982);
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Have successfully completed a 50-week U.S. military medical laboratory training course within the past ten years;
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Possess three years full-time acceptable clinical laboratory experience in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology, and urinalysis/fluids in an accredited laboratory within the past ten years.

Oftentimes an individual may find that he or she may be eligible for the certification exam in multiple categories. This should not be a concern; instead, an individual can sit for the exam as long as he or she qualifies on at least one of these four tracks.

For international (ASCPi) applicants, there are three routes to certification exam eligibility:

A two-year diploma in medical laboratory science from an accredited institution with training in hematology, chemistry, blood banking (immunohematology) and microbiology; or
A two-year diploma from an accredited institution in biological science or chemistry and completion of a qualifying medical laboratory science program; or
A two-year diploma from an accredited institution in biological science or chemistry and completion of three years of acceptable clinical laboratory experience.
Please note that graduates of international degree programs may to complete a evaluation from an approved foreign transcript evaluation entity. For further information on ASCP (MLT) certification eligibility, please check out the ASCP site or the procedures booklets (US and international).

In the above description, options for getting certified without incurring out of pocket costs would include gaining on the job experience working in a lab for 2 years in a hospital or medical setting, or going through a military training program.
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