Career Information and Further Study
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
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 health care
information technology and education.
MLS graduates from Salisbury University have enrolled in
variety of post-baccalaureate and graduate programs to include:
- Medical school
- Pharmacy school
- Doctoral programs in various sciences
- Master’s programs in forensics, physician assistant, pathology assistant, health care administration and
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
sponsored by the
University of Nebraska Medical Center's Division of Clinical Laboratory