Graduates of Salisbury University’s Medical Laboratory Science Program are eligible to take national certification examinations which facilitate employment in a variety of healthcare settings. An example of an agency providing this certification is the Board of Certification (BOC) of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.
Currently, the State of Maryland does not require state licensure for medical laboratory practice, but many employers in the state give preference to certified individuals. National certification is required or recommended by most employment agencies. Many states recognize national certification and grant licenses based on passing the certification exams, while others require individual state licenses and different exams. The certifying agencies have developed preparation routes and categorical examinations for graduates who wish to become certified only in one discipline. For more information on this process, see Categorical Certification at Salisbury University. Students should always check the requirements of the states in which they expect to practice.
Medical laboratory scientists generally find their first employment in a variety of clinical settings, especially in hospitals. However, after some experience, they often move on to a wide variety of other laboratory-related professions including veterinary and research laboratories, private companies and even government entities such as health departments and the FDA. Some move into management and supervisory roles, while others may focus on related areas such as healthcare information technology and education.
Students planning on graduate study should be aware that a B.S. in medical laboratory science is a useful degree both to get into graduate school and to have a viable career option if graduate or professional school must be delayed. Students interested in graduate or professional
schools must typically meet additional course requirements for entry into those programs. The Health Professions Advising Program at Salisbury University assists students in constructing academic plans for both undergraduate and graduate health care goals.
For help in exploring healthcare professions, try visiting Jumpstart sponsored by the University of Nebraska Medical Center's Division of Clinical Laboratory Science.