Clinical Laboratory Technology

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Profession Currently Reviewing Items Received
Clinical Laboratory Technologists 9/2/2020
Clinical Laboratory Technicians 9/2/2020
Cytotechnologists 9/8/2020
Histological Technicians 9/2/2020

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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.


Limited Licenses in Clinical Laboratory Technology and Certified Histological Technician expired on August 31, 2018. Chapter 147 of the Laws of 2018 was enacted to establish a provisional permit in Clinical Laboratory Technology and Certified Histological Technician. The requirements for the provisional permit include the same requirements as those for the limited license. Provisional permits enable individuals who meet the requirements to work in a laboratory, under supervision, for one year in order to provide them with time to complete the education and/or examination requirements needed for full licensure. The provisional permits can be extended for one additional year for good cause as determined by the Department. Forms for those who did not hold a limited license are available on the website for Clinical Laboratory Technologist and Certified Histological Technician.

Provisional permit applicants who wish to continue to practice after the permit expires should also apply for a full license as a clinical laboratory technologist or certified histological technician by submitting an application and fee for a full license. To ensure that there is enough time for the application for a full license to be reviewed and approved within the one-year period when the provisional permit is valid, the application should be submitted at the time of, or close to the time when, the application for the provisional permit is submitted.

Individuals who held a limited license who wish to apply for a provisional permit must do so immediately by submitting a Form 5PP - Application for Provisional Permit. Clinical laboratory technology services may not be performed without an appropriate license or permit.

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. 

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Last Updated: September 14, 2020