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.
National Certifications
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.
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.
State Licensing