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Calling ourselves MLS - is it really so professionally important?

Presented by Dr. Kathy Doig and Dr. Linda Smith on November 18, 2020

The ASCLS House of Delegates adopted a position paper in June 2020, supporting the designation of Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) as the preferred credential title for baccalaureate-level professionals. History shows that new professional titles can take decades to gain full adoption. As we enter the second decade of MLS certificants, we will make the case for why we cannot wait any longer to fully adopt this title. We will offer suggestions for steps to make MLS the recognized title.

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to

  1. Discuss the historical name changes for MLS and the effects on professional identity
  2. Discuss why the name or title of a professional credential is important
  3. Identify some strategies and actions that individuals can take to bring the title “medical laboratory scientist” into greater usage

ASCLS is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program. The instruction level for this activity is Intermediate. One (1) P.A.C.E. ® contact hour and one (1) Florida credit hour in the area Chemistry/General will be awarded to participants. ASCLS P.A.C.E.® is accepted by the ASCP/ASCLS/AGT Board of Certification and all states, including Florida and California, as an approved provider of continuing education for recertification and licensure. ASCLS is an approved provider with CE Broker for Florida licensees.

This intermediate-level program is appropriate for laboratory professionals working in clinical, public health and academic settings.