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Clinical Laboratory Technologist & Clinical Laboratory Technician License Requirements

General Requirements

Practice as a clinical laboratory technologist or as a certified clinical laboratory technician and the use of the titles "clinical laboratory technologist" or "certified clinical laboratory technician" in New York State require licensure, unless otherwise exempt under the law.

To be licensed as a clinical laboratory technologist or as a certified clinical laboratory technician in New York State you must meet all requirements, including:

  • be of good moral character;
  • be at least 18 years of age;
  • meet education requirements; and
  • meet examination requirements.

You must file an application for licensure and the other forms indicated, along with the appropriate fee, to the Office of the Professions at the address specified on each form. It is your responsibility to follow up with anyone you have asked to send us material.

The specific requirements for licensure are contained in Title 8, Article 165 of New York's Education Law and Subparts 79-13 and Subparts79-15 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.

You should also read the general licensing information applicable for all professions.

Fees

The licensure and first registration fee for clinical laboratory technologist is $371.

The licensure and first registration fee for certified clinical laboratory technician is $263.

The limited permit fee for clinical laboratory technologist and certified clinical laboratory technician is $50.

Fees are subject to change. The fee due is the one in law when your application is received (unless fees are increased retroactively). You will be billed for the difference if fees have been increased.

  • Do not send cash.
  • Make your personal check or money order payable to the New York State Education Department. Your cancelled check is your receipt.
  • Mail your application and fee to:

    NYS Education Department
    Office of the Professions
    PO Box 22063
    Albany, NY 12201

NOTE: Payment submitted from outside the United States should be made by check or draft on a United States bank and in United States currency; payments submitted in any other form will not be accepted and will be returned.

Definitions of Common Terms

Accredited (or accredited by an acceptable accrediting agency) means accredited by an organization accepted by the Department as a reliable authority for the purpose of accrediting clinical laboratory technology/clinical laboratory technician programs on a national or regional basis, as having reasonable accreditation standards, and as an organization that applies its criteria for granting accreditation of programs in a fair, consistent and nondiscriminatory manner.

Blood bank means a facility for the collection, processing, storage and/or distribution of human blood, blood components or blood derivatives.

Certified clinical laboratory technician means a clinical laboratory practitioner who performs clinical laboratory procedures and examinations pursuant to established and approved protocols of the department of health, which require limited exercise of independent judgment and which are performed under the supervision of a clinical laboratory technologist, laboratory supervisor, or director of a clinical laboratory.

Clinical laboratory technology means the performance of microbiological, virological, serological, chemical, immunohematological, hematological, biophysical, cytogenetical, cytological or histological procedures and examinations and any other test or procedure conducted by a laboratory as defined by title five of article five of the public health law, on material derived from the human body which provides information for the diagnosis, prevention or treatment of a disease or assessment of a human medical condition.

Clinical laboratory technologist means a clinical laboratory practitioner who, pursuant to established and approved protocols of the department of health, performs clinical laboratory procedures and examinations and any other tests or procedures conducted by a clinical laboratory, including maintaining equipment and records, and performing quality assurance activities related to examination performance, and which require the exercise of independent judgment and responsibility, as determined by the department.

Director of a Clinical Laboratory means the person who is responsible for administration of the technical and scientific operation of a clinical laboratory or blood bank, including supervision of procedures and reporting of findings of tests.

Clinical Laboratory Technologist

At this time, the Standard Pathway is the only one available to apply for a New York State clinical laboratory technologist license. To be licensed under the Standard Pathway, you must document that you meet the education requirements outlined below.

Standard Pathway Education requirements

You must document that you have either:

  1. Received a Bachelor's or higher degree in clinical laboratory technology (or a related title) from:
    • a program registered by the Department as licensure qualifying at the time of graduation (A list of licensure-qualifying programs can be found on the Inventory of Registered Programs under "CLIN LAB TECHNOL"); or
    • a program that is determined by the Department to be the substantial equivalent of a registered program in clinical laboratory technology that is accredited by an acceptable accrediting agency or recognized by the appropriate civil authorities of the jurisdiction in which the program is offered as a program that prepares individuals for professional practice as a clinical laboratory technologist, and is designed and conducted by the degree-granting institution to prepare graduates to practice as clinical laboratory technologists using independent judgment and responsibility.

    OR

  2. Received BOTH:
    1. a Bachelor's or higher degree from a program with a major in biology, chemistry, or the physical sciences registered by the Department or determined by the Department to be the substantial equivalent of such program; and
    2. an advanced certificate from a college or university credit-bearing program, as evidenced on an official transcript/marksheets, in clinical laboratory technology registered as licensure qualifying at the time of graduation or the substantial equivalent of such program. (NOTE: Acceptable college or university programs are listed on the Inventory of Registered Programs. We are unable to accept standalone hospital-based training programs toward the standard method education requirements for licensure.)

You must submit, or have submitted on your behalf, the following items and forms to document that you meet these requirements.

  • Form 1 and $371 fee for licensure and first registration
  • Form 2 (and official transcript(s) for ALL college coursework completed if you graduated from a program that was not registered as licensure qualifying in New York State at the time of your attendance. We also require a detailed program syllabus or other supplementary documentation to determine whether studies meet the Substantial Equivalence requirements, as outlined below.)
  • Form 3 (only if you hold, or ever held, a professional license/certificate outside of New York State)
  • Form 5 and $50 limited permit fee (if you intend to practice in New York State under the general supervision of a Clinical Laboratory Director after you meet the education requirement and before you pass the licensing examination)

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