The profession of a Medical Technologist for TN visa purposes has been narrowly defined. It is important to understand which professions qualify for TN visa status under the profession of a Medical Technologist before making an application. We discuss the profession of a Medical Technologist for TN visa purposes and which professions do and don’t qualify here.
What is a Medical Technologist for TN Visa purposes?
Medical Technologists fall under the professions of Clinical Laboratory Scientists and Laboratory Technologists and Technicians. These professions as are defined follows for immigration purposes:
- Clinical Laboratory Scientists – Clinical Laboratory Scientist work in five major areas of the laboratory; blood banking, chemistry, hematology, immunology, and microbiology. The medical technologist performs a full range of analytical laboratory tests on blood, tissues, and body fluids to provide laboratory information for the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of human diseases. The educational requirement is a Bachelor of Science Degree.
- Laboratory Technologists and Technicians (Generalists). Medical Technologists/Clinical Laboratory Scientists are the generalists in the medical laboratory. They perform complex chemical, biological, hematological, immunologic, microscopic, and bacteriological tests in the major areas of the clinical laboratory and other practice settings. This includes the area of immunohematology (blood banking) where they type and cross-match blood samples for transfusions. They can practice in one, any combination, or all of these areas (See below for related and unrelated professions), depending on the practice site.
Unrelated Professions to a Medical Technologist
The US Department of Labor (DOL), classifies and provides job descriptions and details for all recognized professions. According to the DOL classification codes for both Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists – 29-2011.00 and Medical Clinical Laboratory Technicians – 29-2012.00, the following professions are separate and unique professions and are not classified under the profession of medical technologist:
- Medical Assistants – 31-9092.00
- Respiratory Therapists – 29-1126.00
- Medical Records & Health Information Technicians – 29-2072.00
- Medical Equipment Preparers – 31-9093.00
- Biomedical Engineers – 17-2031.00
- Respiratory Therapy Technicians – 29-2054.00
- Cardiovascular Technologists & Technicians – 29-2031.00
- Nuclear Medicine Technologists – 29-2033.00
- Radiologic Technicians – 29-2034.02
- Diagnostic Medical Sonographers – 29-2032.00
- Radiologic Technologists – 29-2034.010
- Biological Technicians – 19-4021.00
- Nuclear Monitoring Technicians – 19-4051.02
- Pharmacy Technicians – 29-2052.00
- Surgical Technologists – 29-2055.00
Related Professions to a Medical Technologist
According to the DOL classification codes for both Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists – 29-2011.00 and Medical Clinical Laboratory Technicians – 29-2012.00, the following professions are related to the profession of medical technologist:
- Cytotechnologist – 29-2011.02
- Donor Phlebotomy Technician – 31-9097.00
- Histotechnician – 29-2012.01
- Histotechnologist – 29-2011.04
- Phlebotomy Technician – 31-9097.00
- Blood Bank Technologist – 29-2012.00
- Chemical Technicians – 19-4031.00
- Cytogenetic Technologists – 29-2011.01
- Hematology Technologists – 29-2011.00
- Microbiology Technicians – 19-4021.00
- Molecular Biology Technologists – 29-2011.01
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