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Table 3.

Comparison of clinical laboratory technologists’ national examination between Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and the United States

Countries Subjects [No. of questions]
Japan national examination Total 200
- Public health (including medical related law) [10]
- Outline of medical engineering (including the outline of information science and general theory of laboratory equipments) [12]
- General theory of clinical laboratory medicine (including the general theory of clinical medicine and outline of medical science) [10]
- General theory of clinical laboratory (including the general theory of laboratory operations and medical zoology) [20]
- Clinical chemistry (including radioisotope examinations) [32]
- Clinical hematology [20]
- Clinical immunology (including blood transfusion examinations) [22]
- Clinical microbiology [22]
- Histopathology and cytology [26]
- Clinical physiology [26]
Taiwan national examination Total 480
- Biochemistry and clinical biochemistry [80]
- Clinical hematology [60] and blood banking [20]
- Microbiology and clinical microbiology [80]
- Clinical seroimmunology [50] and clinical virology [30]
- Medical molecular diagnostics [40] and clinical microscopy (including parasitology) [40]
- Clinical physiology [40] and pathology [40]
United StatesMLS(ASCP) certification examination Total 1,000
- Chemistry [17%∼22%]
- Urinalysis and Other body fluids [5%∼10%]
- Hematology [17%∼22%]
- Blood banking [17%∼22%]
- Immunology [5%∼10%]
- Microbiology [17%∼22%]
- Laboratory operations [5%∼10%]

Abbreviations: MLS, medical laboratory scientist (also known as clinical laboratory technologist or medical technologist); ASCP, American Society for Clinical Pathology.

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