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Clinical Laboratory Technology

Description:

Clinical Laboratory Technology Practitioners are clinical laboratory technologists, cytotechnologists, certified clinical laboratory technicians and certified histological technicians who work in licensed clinical laboratories and practice clinical laboratory technology.

Clinical Laboratory Technology Practitioners are an essential part of the team of health care professionals. They perform tests and procedures on all bodily fluids and tissue that are critical to the diagnostic process in determining health and disease. They also have a critical role in determining the nature of substances that are used by bioterrorists.

Certification Requirements:

A Clinical Laboratory Technologist must have received an education, including a bachelor's degree, or higher, in clinical laboratory technology from a program registered by the department or determined by the department to be the substantial equivalent, or have received a bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, or the physical sciences or the substantial equivalent and also have received an advanced certificate from an accredited clinical laboratory technology program or a program determined by the Department to be the substantial equivalent.

A Cytotechnologist must have received an education, including a bachelor's degree, or higher, in cytotechnology from a program registered by the department or determined by the department to be the substantial equivalent, or have received a bachelor's degree in the biological, chemical or physical sciences, or the substantial equivalent and also have received an advanced certificate from an accredited cytotechnology program or a program determined by the department to be the substantial equivalent.

A Certified Clinical Laboratory Technician must have received an education, including an associate's degree, or higher, from an approved clinical laboratory technician program registered by the department or determined by the department to be the substantial equivalent.

A Certified Histological Technician must have received an education, including an associate's degree, or higher, from an approved histological technician program registered by the department or determined by the department to be the substantial equivalent, or have received an associate's degree that includes a minimum number of credit hours in the sciences and received appropriate clinical education in a histological technician program approved by the department or a program determined by the department to be the substantial equivalent;

Clinical Laboratory Technology Practitioners must pass a general examination as a clinical laboratory technologist, cytotechnologist, certified clinical laboratory technician, or certified histological technician. In addition, they must have good moral character, as determined by the Department.

Examination Requirements

You must pass The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification's examination for Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) for licensure as a Clinical Laboratory Technologist and Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) for licensure as a Certified Clinical Laboratory Technician with a converted score of at least 75 as determined by the State Board for Clinical Laboratory Technology. New York State does not accept any of ASCP’s international or specialty exams.

Please note that we cannot consider an applicant meeting a professional membership organization's requirements (i.e. ASCP), which often allow for other types of training and experience, as the sole basis of licensure. We contract with ASCP solely for their examination, so if an applicant has taken the appropriate ASCP exam after September 1, 2001, we can consider that exam, but the applicant must still meet all other New York State licensure requirements, including education.

Eligibility

To be eligible to sit for the examination you must:

  • Apply for licensure, pay the fee for licensure and first registration and submit all supporting documentation; and
  • meet the education requirements as stated in statute.

When the Department has determined your eligibility, we will send you a letter informing you of your eligibility. Your next step is to complete the ASCP State Licensure Application Found online at: https://www.ascp.org/content/Board-of-Certification/State-Licensure/New-York-Licensure . You will receive an admission letter with a phone number from the ASCP Board of Certification for scheduling your appointment to take the examination for medical laboratory scientist or for medical laboratory technician. You should schedule an appointment to take the examination within the assigned three month examination period. More information is available at: https://www.ascp.org/content/Board-of-Certification/State-Licensure/New-York-Licensure

The examination is administered by:

ASCP Board of Registry
33 West Monroe Street, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (800) 267-2727
Fax: (312) 541-4845

Fees (As of November 2, 2016)

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.

Licenses Issued and Active:

In 2014, there were 418 licenses issued for Clinical Laboratory Technologist.
In 2015, there were 303 licenses issued for Clinical Laboratory Technologist.
In 2014, there were 16 licenses issued for Cytotechnologist.
In 2015, there were 17 licenses issued for Cytotechnologist.
In 2014, there were 67 licenses issued for Clinical Laboratory Technician.
In 2015, there were 75 licenses issued for Clinical Laboratory Technician.
In 2014, there were 81 licenses issued for Certified Histological Technician.
In 2015, there were 68 licenses issued for Certified Histological Technician.

As of July 1, 2016, there are 14,177 active licenses for Clinical Laboratory Technologist.
As of July 1, 2016, there are 626 active licenses for Cytotechnologist.
As of July 1, 2016, there are 1,869 active licenses for Clinical Laboratory Technician.
As of July 1, 2016, there are 416 active licenses for Certified Histological Technician.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Education Department
Office of Professions
Clinical Laboratory Technology Board Office
Education Building
89 Washington Avenue, 304
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Ext. 592
Fax: (518) 402-2323
E-mail: opunit5@nysed.gov

Standard Occupational Classification:

29-2011.00 - Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
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Disclaimer:

Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 11/14/16.

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