Scope of Practice


The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is committed to protecting pathologists' scope of practice from encroachment from allied health professionals. The CAP works with Congress, federal regulatory agencies, medical organizations, including the American Medical Association (AMA), and state legislatures to ensure laboratory personnel, genetic counselors, and pharmacists have a scope of practice consistent with their education and training.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to questions about CAP's state model criteria

Model Criteria

This information guides the CAP's decisions on whether to support or oppose medical licensure legislation introduced in the states. It helps support the efforts of clinical laboratory personnel who seek to be licensed, and, at the same time, ensures that the legislative language in every licensure bill will address the CAP's key concerns.

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