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Calling ourselves MLS - is it really so professionally important?


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.


  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

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.


  • Kathy Doig, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CMSHCM

    Kathy Doig is professor emeritus from Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics at Michigan State University. She is a past president of the National Certification Agency and 47 year member of ASCLS, including service on the committee that drafted the most recent version of the Code of Ethics.

  • Linda A. Smith, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CMBBCM

    Dr. Smith, now Professor Emeritus, has been involved in MLS education for over 35 years. She is a Past-President of ASCLS and now serves as an ASCLS representative on the ASCP Board of Certification.

November 18, 2020
Wed 8:00 PM EST

Duration 1H 0M

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