Professional Organizations within MLS
The profession of Medical Laboratory Sciences is represented by many organizations that serve to meet the interests and needs of the membership. This includes continuing education, educating the public about the profession, and providing a link to other healthcare professions. The professional organizations are also instrumental in the passing and changing of laws and regulations related to healthcare. Many organizations offer student membership rates, and students are encouraged to join and become active participants of at least one organization. Some of the organizations are listed here.
Organized in 1933 by and for medical laboratory scientists, with both national and state chapters. ASCLS publishes the Clinical Laboratory Science journal on a quarterly basis. The University of Minnesota MLS Program encourages all students to join the professional society as they begin their career in MLS.
Founded in 1922 to represent all laboratory professionals, including physicians. The national certification exam is administered through the Board of Certification within ASCP. ASCP publishes two professional journals: LabMedicine and American Journal of Clinical Pathology.
Comprised of laboratory professionals, physicians, researchers, nurses and others in transfusion medicine and cellular therapies. Transfusion is published monthly.
Founded in 1976, CLMA is an international association of nearly 3,000 clinical laboratory professionals. CLMA provides leadership in the clinical laboratory industry supporting laboratory professionals at any stage in their career. The association educates and advocates on behalf of members, and plays a leadership role in enhancing the image and increasing the visibility of the laboratory management profession.