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Certification & Licensure

Upon successful completion of the clinical internship, students are granted a certificate from the hospital (university-affiliated students are also granted credits and/or a baccalaureate degree from the university in Medical Laboratory Science.)  They are then eligible to take national certification exams offered by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) or the American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB.) Once certified, students are then eligible for licensure as a Medical Laboratory Scientists in the State of Florida.  Awarding the certificate is not contingent upon external licensure or passing certification examinations.
 
It is the responsibility of each student to make every effort to complete the full internship.  For students from affiliated universities, academic credit is awarded ONLY upon completion of the entire course of study.  Students must successfully complete the entire internship in order to receive a certificate from Tampa General Hospital’s School of Medical Laboratory Science. For attrition rate calculations the “final half” of the year begins the 28th week.
 
State of Florida 
Department of Health Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel
4052 Bald Cypress Way
Bin #C-07
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3258
Phone:  (850) 245-4355
 
(Application and fees only)
Department of Health
Revenue of Services
P.O. Box 6330
Tallahassee, FL 32314-6330

American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)
33 W. Monroe, Suite 1600
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Phone: (800) 267-2727 or 312-541-4999