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. 


Laboratory Science Student
Medical Student
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

Go To ASCP Store

Online Practice Tests

Purchase of the Online Practice Tests includes:

  • 90 day online access
  • Comprehensive diagnostic scores
  • Discussion Boards

Online Practice Tests are available for the following certification exam.

  • Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS)
  • Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT)
  • Phlebotomy Technician (PBT)
  • Cytotechnologist (CT)
  • Specialist in Chemistry (SC)
  • Histotechnician (HT)
  • Histotechnologist (HTL)
For technical support and billing questions, please contact Internet Testing Systems (ITS) at 1-800-514-8493 or email


Place An Order

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, ONELab Memos 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

Learn More About Free Student Membership

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 National Student Honor 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 National Student Honor 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

2017 Top Ten Recipients

Steven Brady, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
Christopher Glavaris, Univeristy of Maryland Baltimore
Rochelle Haisley, Indian River State College
Kala Karrow, Allen College
Pijush Mallick, Mercer County Community College
Zach Mullen, Indian River State College
Beth Ostrander, State University of New York at Cobleskill
Emily Palser, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Beatrice Rukenwa, Univeristy of Maryland Baltimore
Kara Smolarek, Indian River State College

Learn More About Student Awards

Nominate a Member

Nominations will be available in winter 2018.

Note:  Self-nominations or applications are not accepted. In order to be considered for an award, a laboratory student member must be nominated by a program director or other instructor.

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.

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, ONELab Memo and ePolilcy News
  • Exclusive discounts on annual meetings, education products and services.

Join Now

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.

Academic Excellence and Achievement Award

The ASCP Academic Excellence and Achievement Award honors medical students who have achieved academic excellence, demonstrated leadership ability and shown a strong interest in the pathology profession. Ten medical students are selected annually to receive this prestigious award. One student will be chosen to receive the Gold Award.

Award winners receive recognition and resources to help them begin their career in pathology. They receive:

  • A personalized certificate
  • A Copy of the Quick Compendium of Clinical Pathology, 3rd Edition
  • $100 Cash award
  • Recognition on the ASCP website and through ONELab Memo

The Gold Award recipient also receives a trip to the ASCP Annual Meeting for formal recognition at the Michele D. Raible Lecture to Residents.



Nominations for the ASCP Academic Excellence and Achievement Award are accepted during the annual nomination process. When the process is open a link will be provided below.

Self nominations are accepted and require official departmental approval by the Pathology Department Chair, Program Director, or Course Director.

2017 Award Winners

Gold Recipient

  • Andrew Campion, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • Jihad Aljabban, The Ohio State University
  • Kevin Blum, The Ohio State University Medical Scientist Training Program
  • Daniel "Chad" Butler, Medical University of South Carolina
  • Tiffany Chen, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine
  • Laurie Griesinger, University of Vermont College of Medicine
  • Katy Lawson, Oregon Health and Science University
  • Austin McHenry, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
  • Catherine Perez, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Hannah Wong, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine