ASCP Recognizes Student Achievement

Whether you are studying medicine or laboratory science, you will play a crucial role ensuring patients' health and well-being. ASCP welcomes you to the profession by providing you with valuable resources and connections to your peers and potential mentors. ASCP is the oldest and largest professional society representing both pathologists and laboratory professionals. With over 100,000 diverse members, ASCP is the professional society that will support you as enter your career in the medical laboratory and will continue to support you as you evolve your career. 


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ASCP Resources for You

Exam Preparation

ASCP has published study guides and books to help your students prepare for the certification/licensure examination.

Study Guides

BOC Study Guide: Clinical Laboratory Certification Examinations Book and Bundle

  • 2,500 questions anytime, anywhere.
  • Updated and expanded edition now includes molecular pathology, lab information, safety and much more.
  • Buy the bundle and access on any device browser with internet access.
  • The Study Guide can be purchased separately in paperback or app format.

BOC Study Guide: Histotechnology Certification Examination

  • Covers all areas on the BOC HT and HTL exams, including fixation, processing, microtomy, staining, and lab operations.
  • Over 1,100 multiple choice questions.
  • Practice questions presented in a format and style similar to the exam.
  • Valuable information about the development, content, structure and scoring of the exam.

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Online Practice Tests

*NEW* BOC Interactive Practice Exam – MLT and MLS

Versatile and extremely valuable, the BOC Interactive Practice Exam enables the user to build custom quizzes and timed practice tests based on topics, difficulty and more, pulling from a library of nearly 2,500 study questions built by ASCP. You can even compare question-level results to see how your peers are answering.

Highlights include:

  • Nearly 2,500 questions (same as the BOC Study Guide).
  • User can build their own quiz or timed practice exam, choosing questions based on:
    • Subject area.
    • Difficulty level – Based on data from other users.
  • Practice Exam allows user to set a time limit to simulate a real exam scenario.
  • MLT-only filter can be applied for those studying for MLT Exam.
  • Mobile friendly – Access anywhere on desktop or mobile.
  • Commentary and references can be turned on or off for different study styles.

MLT and MLS Educators: You can purchase the interactive practice exams for your students and get access to advanced reporting features, including comparative data across program averages.* Click here for program-level ordering information.

*Peer comparison and question difficulty features will be made available once a minimum participant threshold has been met.

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MLT/MLS Practice Exam

Become An ASCP Student Member

You are eligible to be a Laboratory Student Member if you are enrolled in a regionally accredited college/university science program or a medical laboratory science program approved by an appropriate accrediting agency. 

Laboratory Student Member Benefits

Laboratory Student Membership - Free

  • Virtual ID card
  • Online & print subscription to Critical Values
  • Online subscriptions to the American Journal of Clinical Pathology (AJCP) and Lab Medicine
  • Daily Diagnosis email news, ASCP News and ePolicy News
  • Exclusive discounts on annual meetings, educational products and services
  • Valuable savings through our Member Rewards Program
  • Add options to your membership after signing up

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The Value of an ASCP Laboratory Student Membership

  • Access to the most current scientific content through AJCP and Lab Medicine
  • Stay abreast of changes affecting policy related to the laboratory
  • Access to key thought leaders
  • Connect to a network of students like you

Receive Awards
Gain recognition for your efforts and apply for the ASCP National Student Honor Award and other opportunities. 

ASCP Laboratory Science Student Award

ASCP is committed to advancing laboratory medicine by recognizing future leaders in the profession. If your students have demonstrated academic excellence, community service and leadership, nominate them for an ASCP LaboratoryStudent Award! Up to 10 laboratory science students will be selected to receive this prestigious honor. 

Award Overview

Ten awardees will receive:

  • A personalized certificate
  • A BOC Study Guide book of your choice

Learn More About Student Awards

Award Conditions

This award is open to current Laboratory Student members who must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a current Laboratory Student Member of ASCP. (Student membership is FREE!)
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Demonstrate leadership and community service participation.
  • Be in one of the following categories:
    • Completing the final clinical year of an accredited MLS, MLT, PA, CT, HTL, MB, or CG program.
    • Completing a clinical internship for an accredited MLS or CT program
    • Enrolled in an accredited, hospital-based MLS program.
    • Enrolled in an accredited PBT, HT or MLA program.
  • Students may not self-nominate.
  • Program directors or instructors may nominate multiple students for this award. 

Become a Laboratory Student Member

ASCP Career Center

The ASCP Career Center provides valuable career information and resources including wage and salary data.

The ASCP Wage and Vacancy Survey are conducted every two years by ASCP. The Wage Survey reports the national average annual salaries for laboratory professionals. The report also provides useful geographic information, including states with highest and lowest pay specific job categories.

The ASCP Vacancy Survey results provides a national snapshot of the laboratory workforce vacancy rate. The survey has served as the primary source of information for academic, government, and industry labor analysts.

Wage and Vacancy Surveys

Take a look at ASCP's workforce initiatives.

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MLS Online Review Course

ASCP offers a competency-based curriculum to help U.S. and international medical laboratory scientists (MLSs) who plan on becoming ASCP/ASCPi MLS certified prepare for this examination. In addition to functioning as a concise review, covering the highlights of the content areas on the MLS exam, the MLS Online Review Course can also help you determine when you are ready to take the exam.

Product Features

This course consists of 10 interactive online modules highlighting key areas on the MLS exam, incorporating case studies, real-life scenarios, and feedback. Nine of the ten modules will highlight the key content areas on the MLS exam. The tenth module will provide you with information on the MLS certification process, including computer adaptive testing what to expect on the day of testing and tips for taking the exam.

When used in combination with the BOC Study Guide: Clinical Laboratory Examinations, you will have a comprehensive suite of materials to prepare for the Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) certification examination.


Member Price: $49.00
List Price: $59.00

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ASCP Resources for You

Medical Student Membership

You are eligible to be a Medical Student member if you are enrolled in a medical school approved by:

  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education of the American Medical Association
  • American Association of Medical Colleges
  • Committee on Accreditation of the Association of Canadian Medical Colleges
  • An osteopathic medical school approved by the Bureau of Professional Education of the American Osteopathic Association.

Medical Student Member Benefits

Free membership for medical students includes:

  • Virtual ID card
  • Online subscriptions to the American Journal of Clinical Pathology (AJCP) and Lab Medicine
  • Online subscription to Critical Values
  • Online access to Daily Diagnosis, email news, ASCP News and ePolilcy News
  • Exclusive discounts on annual meetings, education products and services.

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About Pathology Residency

Every medical student preparing for a career as a pathologist must complete a residency program prior to taking the Pathology Board Exam and becoming a certified pathologist. Residency programs are a part of postgraduate medical education and provide hands-on, in-depth training, which often includes planned learning experiences, supervised participation in clinical activities, teaching and mentoring opportunities, and group workshops and conferences. Regular formative assessments are given to ensure trainees achieve core competencies at each stage of learning.

The purpose of residency training programs is to allow students to take the knowledge they have acquired in school and apply it in a real-world setting in order to prepare them for successful careers in pathology.

Tips to Prepare for a Pathology Residency

Build a CV and Get Research Experience

  • Most pathology programs want residency candidates to have research experience. While pathology-related research is preferred, any research experience is preferable to none because it shows that you are familiar with the scientific method, formulation of hypotheses and more. Contact your pathology department about the possibility of getting involved with research projects.

Shadow a Pathologist

  • Medical school is a great time to gain exposure to the practice of pathology by shadowing a pathologist in your area. Ask at your local medical institution or a Pathology Resident who can help get you in contact with a pathologist.
  • Become a familiar face to the pathology faculty at your medical school. Introduce yourself and let them know you are interested in pathology.
  • Cultivate a mentoring relationship who can provide personalized advice as well as letters of recommendation.

Apply for Awards

  • Consider applying for the ASCP Academic Excellence and Achievement Awards. While gaining critical recognition for yourself, it also helps to build your CV.

Get Involved in a Pathology Interest Group

  • ASCP offers start-up resources and incentives for medical schools that lack Pathology Interest Groups.

ASCP Medical Student Award

The ASCP Medical Student Award honors medical students who have achieved academic excellence, demonstrated leadership ability, and shown a strong interest in the pathology profession.

Ten awardees will receive:

  • A personalized certificate
  • $100 cash award
  • Recognition on the ASCP website and in an ASCP publication or newsletter
  • A copy of Quick Compendium of Clinical Pathology, 4th Edition

The Gold Award recipient also receives formal recognition at the ASCP Annual Meeting.

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Award Conditions

  • This award is open to current Medical Student members.
  • Self-nominations are accepted, but official departmental approval is still required by the Pathology Department Chair, Program Director, or Course Director. 

Become a Medical Student Member

ASCP Foundation Pathology Interest Group Grants

The ASCP Foundation Pathology Interest Group Grants provide support for medical students’ Pathology Interest Groups. The ASCP Foundation provides a total of $3,000 each year to support medical students and their Pathology Interest Group’s activities. Individual grants are $250 each.

Grant Conditions

  • To apply, applicant must be an ASCP Medical Student member. Medical student membership is free - learn more at
  • If an applicant has been selected to receive a grant, the applicant must wait one full year before applying for funding again. 

Applications and Deadlines

  • Q1 Deadline: March 31. Grants are awarded in April.
  • Q2 Deadline: June 30. Grants are awarded in July.
  • Q3 Deadline: September 30. Grants awarded in October.
  • Q4 Deadline: December 31. Grants awarded in January following year.

Click here to start your application.

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Recent Recipients

  • Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • The Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • University of Pittsburgh