As you are looking at job descriptions, you may notice that many employers want to see that you are certified by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), as a MLT/CLT (for the associate degree folks) or as a MLS/MT/CLS (for the bachelor degree folks). If you are looking for work in Tennessee, you may notice that you need a license to practice as a MLT/CLT or MLS/MT/CLS.
Certification through ASCP means that you are nationally certified to work as a medical lab professional. Licenses are state-specific, and right now, only 12 states require licenses to practice as a medical lab professional. The good news is that these 12 states will accept the ASCP certification as proof that you are eligible to get a license. Tennessee and Louisiana are nearby states that already require licenses, and many other states in the U.S. are working towards it (Missouri and Texas are very close to requiring it).
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