A number of colleges and universities offer online training programs for med techs that result in associate's and bachelor's degrees in medical or clinical laboratory science, medical laboratory technology or a related discipline. Due to the intensive, hands-on nature of the field, these programs are typically offered in hybrid format, which combines online didactic coursework and practical, in-person lab experiences. Students should look for programs that are fully accredited for certification purposes.
|Majors with Med Tech Courses||Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technology, Clinical Laboratory Science, Medical Laboratory Technology, Medical Technology, Medical Laboratory Science|
|Degree Levels Available||Associate's, Bachelor's, and Certificate|
|Important Prerequisites||Employment in a medical lab, NAACLS Associate's degree, and/or Med Tech Bachelor's degree, depending on the program|
Associate of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technology
In an online associate's med tech program, students learn about immunohematology, microbiology, hematology and chemistry. The program may focus on scientific and mathematical concepts.
Many of these programs require students to be already working in a medical lab setting prior to enrollment. They then complete the practical portions of their programs at their place of employment. Programs typically take roughly two years to complete.
- Collection of body fluids, blood and tissues
- Testing and reporting procedures
Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science
An online med tech bachelor's program may require applicants to have completed an NAACLS (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences) accredited associate's degree program and be a working certified medical or clinical laboratory technician. Programs may take up to four years to complete, depending on school.
- Clinical parasitology
- Clinical hemostasis
- Hematology and Microbiology
- Laboratory operations
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), not all states and employers require medical laboratory technicians and technologists to be certified; however, employers may prefer to hire certified workers. Certification involves meeting certain criteria and passing an examination.
Individuals who complete a med tech associate's degree program may wish to seek the Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) certification offered by the American Medical Technologists (AMT). Those who complete a med tech bachelor's program may pursue the Medical Technologist (MT) certification offered by the AMT. Depending on their specific degree, graduates of bachelor's programs may also be eligible for the Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) credential administered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).