Translating the Alphabet Soup of Clinical Laboratories: Sept. 21, 2023

The field of medical laboratory profession is riddled with complex processes of regulation governed by the complicated structures of regulatory bodies. Similarly, certification processes and routes for laboratory professionals can be daunting and confusing. This webinar aims to address these terminologies, as well as the certification versus licensure requirements for those individuals who are new or interested in joining the field.

Learning Objectives

The attendee should be able to understand the following:
  1. Terminology used in the regulated laboratory environment.
  2. Routes to certification vs. state licensure.
  3. Regulatory bodies and processes.


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Nicholas M. Moore, Ph.D., D(ABMM), MLS(ASCP)CM
Associate Professor, Medical Laboratory Science
Associate Director, Division of Clinical Microbiology
Director, BSL-3 Core Laboratory
Rush University Medical Center 


  • New graduates and those interested in medical laboratory profession.
  • Entry to mid-level medical laboratory scientists and medical laboratory technicians.


Exploring Behind the Curtain of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory: Oct. 12, 2023, 2-3p.m. ET

This webinar will be broken into 2 sections; first a presentation, followed by a discussion with a panel of volunteers. The presentation will describe how a high complexity clinical microbiology laboratory functions, from a staffing perspective, and the regulatory environment that dictates this structure. We will provide an overview of the various roles that may be found within the laboratory, as well as certification and licensure requirements (as applicable) for these positions. Finally, we’ll describe the different sub-specialty areas that comprise the high complexity microbiology laboratory.

Panel discussion will involve sharing perspective on positions, roles and areas worked within microbiology. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the regulatory environment and staffing structure of a diagnostic clinical microbiology lab.
  2. Explain the CLIA and accreditation requirements for each role.
  3. Provide an example career pathway within clinical microbiology.


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Jeana Houseman, MHSA, DLM(ASCP)CM
Director Quality, Patient Safety, and Accreditation, Laboratory Services


Kurt Jude, M(ASCP)CM
Quality Management Coordinator
Mayo Clinic

Samia N. Naccache, Ph.D., M(ASCP)CM, D(ABMM)
Technical Director, Microbiology and Molecular


  • Non-clinical scientists contemplating a career in the diagnostic lab, specifically the clinical microbiology/infectious disease lab.
  • New clinical lab scientists.

Contact Information

Nicole Jackson,