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The Licensed Professions in New York State

In 1891, medicine became the first profession licensed by the New York State Board of Regents. New York's unique system of professional regulation, recognized as a model for public protection, has grown to encompass nearly 900,000 practitioners and over 30,000 professional practice business entities in more than 50 professions.

Guided by the Regents, a citizen body, the professions are within New York State's unified system of education - The University of the State of New York. This recognizes the key role education plays in both preparing licensed professionals and in ensuring their continuous development.

The State Education Department, under Regents' direction, administers professional regulation through its Office of the Professions, assisted by the State Boards for the Professions.


Beware of Voice Phishing—or “Vishing”—Calls

The New York State Education Department (“SED”) Office of the Professions (“OP”) is alerting everyone to a vishing scam that has been brought to our attention. In voice phishing—or “vishing”—scams, callers impersonate legitimate companies to steal money and personal and financial information.

The fake phone calls may appear to be from SED or OP and typically the caller will try to get personal data from the licensee.

If you receive one of these phone calls or any other call of a similar nature which you believe to be suspicious, please hang up the phone immediately. Do not provide any personal information to the caller. If you receive a voice mail Do not call the caller back.

Whenever you receive a suspicious phone call claiming to be from OP requesting that you provide any personal or sensitive information, please hang up and contact OP directly. There are contact links on the sidebar of every profession’s webpage at www.op.nysed.gov and a contact link at the bottom.



Advisory Notices:

Clinical Laboratory Technologists/Certified Histological Technicians Provisional Permit

On July 31, 2018, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed Chapter 147 of the Laws of 2018 to authorize the Department to issue provisional permits for clinical laboratory technologists and histological technicians, as long as the specified requirements are met. The law takes effect immediately.

The language of the new law may be viewed here. Please check this website frequently for updates, guidance and application forms.

New Effective Date for the Pathologists’ Assistants Regular Licensure Pathway

On July 1, 2018, Chapter 85 of the Laws of 2018 was enacted to amend section 8852 of the Education Law by changing the effective date of the regular licensure pathway for pathologists’ assistants from November 28, 2018 to July 1, 2018. This new effective date for the regular licensure pathway enables applicants for licensure as pathologists’ assistants, who are not eligible for licensure under the grandparenting licensure pathway, to immediately apply to the Department for licensure. This includes individuals who currently practice under limited licenses that will expire on September 1, 2018. More information can be found on our web site.

Extension of Exemptions from Licensure for Social Workers, Mental Health Practitioners, and Psychologists

Current license exemptions are extended beyond July 1, 2018. The 2018-19 State Budget includes amendments to Education Law that extend current exemptions in the licensed social work, mental health, and psychology professions. More information along with a summary of the affected licensed professionals and employment settings can be found on our web site.

Limited Exemption from Professional Misconduct

Mandatory Electronic Prescribing. Effective March 27, 2016, the law requires nurse practitioners, midwives, dentists, podiatrists, physicians, physician assistants and optometrists in New York State (“prescribers”) to issue prescriptions electronically directly to a pharmacy, with limited exceptions.

Changes have been made to the controlled substance schedules in Section 3306 of the New York State Public Health Law.

U.S. Court of Appeals Decision on Litigation Involving 13 Professions that Require U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Lawful Residence for Licensure

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Licensees and applicants should be wary if asked for personal and/or financial information that does not appear to be associated with a legitimate licensing or registration transaction, even if the person making the request suggests that he or she is working for the Office of the Professions. To verify the identity of a person who purports to represent the Office of the Professions, please call 518-474-3817, ext. 570.

Last Updated: October 22, 2019