Clinical Laboratory Technology

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Profession Currently Reviewing Items Received
Clinical Laboratory Technologists 11/18/2020
Clinical Laboratory Technicians 11/11/2020
Cytotechnologists 11/11/2020
Histological Technicians 11/18/2020

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Advisory Notice:

NYSED is now accepting the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification’s International (ASCPi) exams to meet the New York State examination requirement for licensure in each of the four (4) clinical laboratory professions. In addition, NYSED is now accepting the Histotechnologist (HTL) exam to meet the examination requirement for histological technician licensure. This notice applies to the Department’s acceptance of these examinations. The Department still does not accept national or international certification for licensure in New York State. Applicants must still meet the professional education requirements as outlined on our website. Refer to the chart below for the effective dates for acceptance of all exams:

Clinical Laboratory Technologist Exam Requirements Date Accepted for Licensure
ASCP (MLS) September 1, 2001
ASCPi (MLS) January 1, 2015 NEW
Clinical Laboratory Technician Exam Requirements Date Accepted for Licensure
ASCP (MLT) September 1, 2001
ASCPi (MLT) October 1, 2014   NEW
Cytotechnologist Exam Requirements Date Accepted for Licensure
ASCP (CT) September 1, 2001
ASCPi (CT) April 1, 2015   NEW
Histological Technician Exam Requirements Date Accepted for Licensure
ASCP (HT) September 1, 2001
ASCPi (HT) April 1, 2015   NEW
ASCP (HTL) September 1, 2001   NEW
ASCPi (HTL) October 1, 2014   NEW

Federal Initiatives Related to Nurses and Clinical Laboratory Practice

Two federal initiatives (described below) have caused concern among some professionals in New York.
  • The federal Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposed a regulation to allow Advanced Practice Registered Nurses to supervise and perform laboratory tests in VA laboratory facilities. New York State does not regulate VA laboratory facilities or VA laboratory staff.
  • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) indicated that that Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) allows RNs with BSNs to perform moderate and high complexity laboratory tests and RNs with ADNs to perform moderate complexity tests. CLIA does not apply to New York State Clinical Laboratories or to any staff who work for these laboratories. Federal Law specifically allows New York State to regulate New York State Clinical Laboratories in accordance with New York State Law.
Please see Questions & Answers related to Practice of Clinical Laboratory Technology Professionals for an Advisory related to these initiatives.

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.

At least 70% of all diagnoses rely on testing done by clinical laboratory technology professionals. 

Read more about this profession.

Last Updated: November 25, 2020