There maybe a loophole around the CLIA program requirement. Here are the guidelines for MB(ASCP):
Route 3: Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university, with a major in biological science or chemistry, or baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university with a combination of 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) of biology, chemistry and/or medical sciences, AND one year full time acceptable experience (clinical, veterinary, industry or research) in a molecular biology laboratory* in the U.S., Canada or an accredited laboratory** within the last five years.
Route 4: Graduate level degree (Master’s or Doctorate) in molecular biology, chemistry, biology, immunology, microbiology, allied health, clinical laboratory sciences, or an appropriately related field from a regionally accredited college/university, AND six months full time acceptable experience (clinical, veterinary, industry or research) in a molecular biology laboratory* in the U.S., Canada or an accredited laboratory** within the last five years.
*A molecular biology laboratory is defined as one capable of providing individuals with knowledge and practical experience in all aspects of molecular methods including, but not limited to, nucleic acid isolation, amplification, detection, sequencing, hybridization techniques, and data analysis.
**CMS CLIA certificate of registration, compliance, accreditation; OR
JCI accreditation; OR
Accreditation under ISO 15189.
To fulfill the experience requirement for the Technologist in Molecular Biology examination, you must have laboratory experience within the timeframe required in one of the following areas:
Genetics/Genomics (e.g., genotyping, gene disorders, pharmocogenomics)
Oncology (e.g., hematologic lymphoid neoplasms/neoplasia, solid tumor gene markers)
Infectious Disease ( molecular microbiology/virology)
Molecular Identity Testing (e.g., bone marrow engraftment, paternity, forensic
So, I am wondering how they would define molecular biology lab. Does it have to be a CLIA certified lab? Can you lobby the ASCP with a recommendation letter from a pathologist or scientist saying a basic scientist in academia has this training so they can just sit for the exam?