International Medical Technologist (MT) / International Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS)
Application Fee: $200*
The ASCP Board of Certification examination for International Medical Technologist, MT(ASCPi) / International Medical Laboratory Scientist, MLS(ASCPi) has been approved for licensure purposes by the state of California effective June 1, 2007. Information on the requirements and application process may be obtained at the CDPH Laboratory Field Service web site.
- OPTION 1: Not yet certified: Applying for CA licensure and the MLS(ASCPi) exam
You must meet the eligibility requirements established by the ASCP Board of Certification and the licensure requirements established by the state of California. You must also successfully complete the ASCP Board of Certification international certification examination.
Step 1: Contact the CDPH Laboratory Field Service web site for information on completing the licensure process and submit an application to California.
Step 2: Review the
Eligibility Requirements for International Medical Laboratory Scientist, MLS(ASCPi) to be sure you have met these requirements.
Step 3: To apply for ASCPi certification, complete the International Certification Online Application. Please refer to the International Procedures for Examination and Certification for detailed eligibility requirements or Click Here. Application fees are non-refundable.
Step 4: Study for Exam View study materials.
Step 5: Upon determination of your eligibility for examination, you will receive an email notification to login to view your Admission Notification. Verify all information for accuracy. Visit the Pearson website for ASCP examinations to identify a testing location that's convenient for you. You may schedule your appointment to take your certification examination at your convenience Monday through Saturday within the three (3) month examination eligibility period.
Step 6: Upon completion of the examination, your result (pass or fail) will appear briefly on the computer screen. A notification to view your examination score by logging in to your ASCP account will be emailed to you within four (4) business days after we have received your final transcript verifying completion of the academic requirements. A Third Party Verification Request link will be made available on the online examinee score report providing instructions for requesting verification of certification to be submitted to a third party, such as a State licensing board or employer. Third party verification requests may also be made by going to this
link. Do not place a third party verification request until successful completion of the examination and receipt of your score report. There is a $15 service fee (payable by credit card) associated with requesting a third party verification. Upon passing the examination, you will receive a certification number on your score report and a certificate verifying your certification within 6-8 weeks.
- OPTION 2: Already certified: Obtaining CA licensure after passing the MT(ASCPi) / MLS(ASCPi) exam
You do not need to reapply or retake the ASCP Board of Certification (BOC) certification examination.
Step 1: Contact the CDPH Laboratory Field Service web site for information on completing the licensure process and submit an application to California. When you have been determined eligible, you will receive a qualification letter for CDPH with a unique identification number.
Step 2: You will need to follow the instructions under Verification of Certification to have your certification information emailed to CDPH Laboratory Field Services to verify successful completion of the ASCP Board of Certification (BOC) certification examination.
Step 3: Enter your unique California identification number in the space for “ID number.”
Step 4: Your examination results will automatically be submitted to the California LFS Personnel Licensing Section of the CDPH office.
* International Pricing Policy: Applicants who both (a) obtained medical laboratory education in, AND (b) currently reside in select nations will receive discounted pricing of $95 for all international certification examination categories: International Pricing Policy.
The U.S. has several states which require licensure or certification to work as an MT/MLS or MLT. Effective June 1, 2007, the MT(ASCPi) examination is recognized as an approved exam for California Licensure. Each state has its own set of rules and guidelines, so you must contact the licensure agency in each state for information about these requirements.
We have provided the name, address and telephone number as a point of contact and information only for those states that require licensure or certification (in state of Georgia) for Medical Laboratory Scientist and other laboratory personnel. Because health care regulation is an ever-changing process, it is important that you direct all inquiries to the state department at the phone numbers and addresses listed below:
California Department of Public Health
Laboratory Field Services (LFS)
Attn: Personnel Licensing
850 Marina Bay Parkway
Bldg P, 1st Floor
Richmond, CA 94804-6403
Florida Department of Health
Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel
Division of Medical Quality Assurance
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin#C07
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3257
- New York
New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
89 Washington Avenue 2nd Floor
Albany, NY 12234-1000
T 518.474.3817, ext. 150
- North Dakota
- Puerto Rico
- Rhode Island
- West Virginia
To help you prepare for the immigration process, the following resources are available below:
- Homeland Security Rules
- Medical Laboratory Scientists (Medical Technologists) or Medical Laboratory Technicians seeking temporary or permanent occupational visas or Trade NAFTA (TN) status, must first obtain a CGFNS/ICHP VisaScreen Certificate as part of the visa process. Potential immigrants with other means by which to enter the US (i.e. immigration through a family member) do not need to go through the VisaScreen process to practice as an MT/MLS/MLT in the US.
- Applicants who successfully complete VisaScreen receive a VisaScreen Certificate, which can be presented to a consular office, or in the case of adjustment of status, the attorney general as part of a visa application.
- H1B VISA PROCESS: To obtain an H1B visa, an applicant must 'first' find an H1B job with an H1B visa employer company in the USA; commonly known as your 'H1B sponsor'.
- Your H1B sponsor then applies for/files your H1B visa application. Individuals can NOT sponsor or apply for their own H1B visa—ONLY your new employer (sponsor) can.
- An H1B visa is typically valid for up to six years and entitles your spouse (husband/wife) and children to accompany you and 'live' in the USA.
- One of the main advantages of the H1B visa (US work permit) is that it is a 'dual intent' visa which means that you can apply for a Green Card (Legal Permanent Residency).
- Immigration to the US: ASCP does believe that obtaining the ASCPi certification will help you find employment in the US.
It is not required by law that you must be certified to work as a medical technologist/medical laboratory scientist. That is, due to the shortage of medical technologists/medical laboratory scientists in the US, it is possible to find a job without having certification. However, pay is typically better and employers typically prefer employees who are certified.
Although the government does not require certification, some states require licensure. States requiring licensure have additional requirements, and may not recognize the ASCPi certification. If this list includes the state in which you wish to find employment, I would suggest you contact the corresponding person to inquire on state licensure requirements. To view state licensure agencies, view the State Licensure Agencies tab.
For more information, visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website.