After completion of a B.S. degree and the Clinical Laboratory Science curriculum, students are eligible to 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. Certification is a voluntary process; however, most employers prefer to hire certified practitioners.
Licensure is granted by individual states. States or areas currently requiring licensure are: California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, New York City, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Puerto Rico. At this time, North Carolina does not license clinical laboratory personnel.