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.
- Discuss the historical name changes for MLS and the effects on professional identity
- Discuss why the name or title of a professional credential is important
- Identify some strategies and actions that individuals can take to bring the title “medical laboratory scientist” into greater usage
Instruction Level: Intermediate
ASCLS is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program. The P.A.C.E. program number is 015-310-20.