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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 800,000 practitioners and over 30,000 professional practice business entities in 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 twenty-nine State Boards for the Professions.

Advisory Notices:

Limited Licenses in Clinical Laboratory Technology and Certified Histological Technician

Chapter 336 of the Laws of 2013 has been enacted to authorize the limited license for clinical laboratory technology and for certified histological technician to be valid until September 1, 2016, and to establish that the registration issued with the limited license shall be effective until September 1, 2016.  Persons holding a limited license in these two professions, which currently have an expiration date of August 31, 2013, will receive information within the next two weeks on the process to obtain licensure and registration documents that meet the new expiration dates established in this law.  At this time, persons holding a limited license as a clinical laboratory technologist or a certified histological technician continue to be legally authorized to practice while in the process of obtaining documents that reflect the new expiration dates of September 1, 2016.

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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: February 28, 2014