Certification and Licensure

After completion of a B.S. degree and the Clinical Laboratory Science curriculum, students are eligible to sit for a national certification examination. Graduates can be certified as Medical Laboratory Scientists by the American Society for Clinical Pathology, MLS(ASCP). After acquiring additional experience and expertise, clinical laboratory scientists may seek advanced certification in their area of interest.

Students who complete the M.S. degree and Molecular Diagnostic Science curriculum are also eligible for a national certification examination.  These graduates can be certified as Molecular Biologists by the American Society for Clinical Pathology, MB(ASCP).

Certification is a voluntary process; however, most employers prefer to hire certified practitioners.

Licensure is granted by individual states. At this time, North Carolina does not license clinical laboratory personnel.


The following states/ territories require licensure for clinical laboratory personnel:

California, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

The requirements for licensure vary in each state and students who wish to work in any of these states should go to the following site for more information:


Graduation from the Master’s of Clinical Laboratory Science – Molecular Diagnostic Science track (MDS Program) does not meet the licensure requirements for any state. Additional requirements typically include passing a national certification exam.  Some states require additional clinical experience. 


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