ASCP and NCA Unify at Last
Just in: The two largest national certification agency for clinical laboratorians announced in Chicago that they have merged (finally!)
Laboratorians have long recognized that one of the factors contributing to low recognition and confusion in the profession is the myriad of certification agencies.
Our credentials are a veritable alphabet soup that not only mystifies employers and human resource departments but even some of us in the profession itself.
The new Board of Certification (BOC) as well as the credential themselves will be identified as ASCP. The titles MT (ASCP) and CLS (NCA) will both be converted to the new medical laboratory scientist -MLS (ASCP).
Some might see this as heavily weighted towards ASCP instead of an equal union of ASCP and NCA. Also should the well known CLS title have been adopted over the new, potentially confusing MLS; especially since the profession is now widely known as clinical lab science? Some states and educational institutions have even abandoned the medical technology/technologist monikers in favor of clinical lab science/scientist.
How do you feel about the union? The decision to morph previous certifications? How about the new name "medical lab scientist"?