As with any technical career, employers want the perfect combination of education and certification before hiring a candidate. You have several choices for nationally-recognized credentialing. Click here for a website devoted completely to the requirements of becoming a Medical Laboratory Scientists, both state by state, and on a larger level. From there, you can decide which agency provides what you need to secure a rewarding and promising position in the field of laboratory professionals.
Certifications and Licenses
For almost all Medical Technology positions in the U.S., whether you've obtained an Associates degree or a Bachelors degree, credentialing by at least one national agency is required. While the most widely-accepted board is The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), the American Medical Technologists (AMT) group also offers a certification that's accepted in most states. Each of these organizations can provide an MLS with different benefits; be sure to choose the one that's right for your chosen career path.
There are 12 states the require you to obtain their license before you are able to practice as any sort of clinical laboratory professional there. Click here for the full list, as well as links to each state's requirements and processes page. Please note that some states, like New York, may allow you to work there with only their license, and not any sort of national certification. It's not advisable, however, to depend upon having just one state license and no national credentials, as state licenses are not necessarily reciprocal with one another.