Do You Need to Be Certified to Work as a Medication Technician?

More often than not, we run into “Certified Med Tech” job postings in the healthcare industry. However, is certification necessary to become a med tech? Keep reading to find out!

Types of Med Techs

There are two types of med techs. The first type is the one that runs diagnostic tests in a hospital or laboratories. For example, they are in charge of the following:

  • Collect blood and tissue samples
  • Take x-rays
  • Performing MRI scans

This type of Med Tech does require a certification license to work. However, there is another type of Med Techs that doesn’t need certification. These professionals are in charge of clinical and administrative work:

  • Administrative work. This refers to administrative tasks to aid doctors or RNs. For example, arranging and scheduling medical appointments and laboratory tests. Also, they are in charge of greeting patients. Lastly, med techs also take care of filing up medical appointments and insurance forms. 
  • Clinical Work. This refers to basic clinical tasks done under the supervision of an RN or doctor. For example, update a patient’s medical history and assist healthcare professionals with physical exams. Also, they take care of dispensing medicines, drawing blood, running electrocardiograms, etc. 

What kind of education and training is required to become a med tech?

It depends on what area you want to work in. To become a med tech, you’ll need to complete a specialized training program. To sum up, these programs last from 10 to 24 months. Likewise, these programs are available in community colleges or universities. 

However, if you want to do lab work or run specialized tests, you’ll need a Bachelor’s Degree in Laboratory Science or a related field.

Where Can You Find a High-Paying Med Tech Job?

If you are a med tech but don’t have a certification, CynaMed can help! We help to connect healthcare professionals with facilities that need them. If you are in Pittsburgh, reach out to CynaMed today! We ensure candidates with rewarding and high-paying positions.

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