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What are the requirements for obtaining an ASCP certification?

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The American Society for Clinical Pathology offers 20 different certifications, each having its own requirements related to education, training, work experience and testing. ASCP.org lists the specific requirements for each professional certification and offers detailed information on the organization's application and examination process.

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The American Society for Clinical Pathology offers national certification for laboratory professionals. Some certifications include phlebotomy technician, histotechnologist, medical laboratory technician and pathologists' assistant.

Twelve states and Puerto Rico require state licensure or certification for certain laboratory professions, as of September 2015. Only California and New York recognize the ASCP certification examinations for state licensure. Laboratory professionals must contact their appropriate state agency to determine whether state licensure or certification is required. ASCP.org provides contact information for the 13 agencies.

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