If you received your ASCP Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) or Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) certification after 1/1/2004, the American Society for Clinical Pathology requires you to earn Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) points to maintain your certification. If you were certified before 2004, participation in the ASCP Credential Maintenance Program is voluntary but highly encouraged.
In October 2009, the ASCP Board of Registry and the National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel (NCA) merged into a single credentialing agency, the ASCP Board of Certification (BOC). Individuals formerly certified by NCA are now certified by the ASCP BoC and may need to earn continuing education credits for the ASCP Credential Maintenance Program as outlined below.
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How many CMP points do I need for ASCP?
To meet ASCP CMP requirements, Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT) and Medical Laboratory Scientists (MLS) need to earn 36 CMP points every three years in the following categories:
- 1 point in safety
- 2 points in each of the following:
- Blood banking
- Remaining points in area(s) of lab specialty, immunology, molecular diagnostics, management, education or other related laboratory areas of interest
How can I earn ASCP credits?
All 36 CMP points / CE hours can be earned with a LabCE subscription. Because LabCE awards ASCLS P.A.C.E.® credits, all LabCE courses can be used towards the fulfillment of ASCP Credential Maintenance Program requirements. One ASCLS P.A.C.E® contact hour = 1 CMP point = 1 ASCP CMLE credit. Since LabCE offers over 209 continuing education contact hours (CMP points), you'll be able to choose from a wide variety of courses to meet ASCP CMP requirments.
The following LabCE courses can be used to meet the specific ASCP requirements shown above:
- Safety (one point / CE hour needed)
- Blood banking (two points / CE hours needed)
- Chemistry (two points / CE hours needed)
- Hematology (two points / CE hours needed)
- Microbiology (two points / CE hours needed)
- Lab specialty, immunology, molecular diagnostics, management, education or other related laboratory areas of interest (any remaining points, up to 27)
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Sources: CMP U.S. Credential Maintenance Program
ASCP Board of Certification: Stay Credentialed
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