Regulations of the Commissioner

Part 79 - Regulation of Individual Professions
Subpart 79-15 Clinical Laboratory Technician

Effective September 23, 2008

79-15.1 Professional study of clinical laboratory technician. | 79-15.2 Licensing examination. | 79-15.3 Limited permits. | 79-15.4 Special provisions.

79-15.1 Professional study of clinical laboratory technician.

  1. Applicability. For purposes of this section, applicants applying for licensure as a clinical laboratory technician prior to September 1, 2013, shall meet the professional education requirements for admission to the examination for professional certification for clinical laboratory technicians set forth in either subdivision (b) or (c) of this section. Applicants applying for licensure as a clinical laboratory technician on or after September 1, 2013 shall meet the professional education requirements for admission to the examination for professional certification for clinical laboratory technicians set forth in subdivision (b) of this section.
  2. General professional education requirements for applicants applying for licensure as clinical laboratory technicians.
    1. As used in this subdivision, acceptable accrediting agency shall mean an organization accepted by the department as a reliable authority for the purpose of accrediting clinical laboratory technician programs, having accreditation standards that are substantially equivalent to the requirements for programs registered as leading to certification in clinical laboratory technician pursuant to section 52.40 of this Title, and applying its criteria for granting accreditation of programs in a fair, consistent, and nondiscriminatory manner.
    2. To meet the professional education requirement for admission to the examination for professional certification for clinical laboratory technicians, the applicant shall present satisfactory evidence of:
      1. holding an associate or higher degree awarded upon successful completion of an associate or higher degree program in clinical laboratory technician registered as leading to certification as a clinical laboratory technician pursuant to section 52.40 of this Title; or
      2. holding an associate or higher degree awarded upon successful completion of an associate or higher degree program in clinical laboratory technician that is substantially equivalent to a program registered as leading to certification as a clinical laboratory technician pursuant to section 52.40 of this Title as determined by the department, which program must be accredited by an acceptable accrediting agency or recognized by the appropriate civil authorities of the jurisdiction in which the program is offered as a program that prepares the applicant for professional practice as a clinical laboratory technician.
  3. Time-limited professional education requirements for applicants applying for licensure as a clinical laboratory technician prior to September 1, 2013.
    1. As used in this subdivision, acceptable accrediting agency shall mean an organization accepted by the department as a reliable authority for the purpose of accrediting clinical laboratory technician programs on a national or regional basis, as having reasonable accreditation standards, and as an organization that applies its criteria for granting accreditation of programs in a fair, consistent, and nondiscriminatory manner.
    2. To meet the professional education requirement for admission to the examination for professional certification for clinical laboratory technicians, applicants who apply for licensure prior to September 1, 2013 may, as an alternative to satisfying the requirements of subdivision (b) of this section, present satisfactory evidence of holding an associate or higher degree awarded upon successful completion of an associate or higher degree program in clinical laboratory technician or a related title which:
      1. prepares graduates for employment as a clinical laboratory technician, as defined in Education Law section 8601(2)(c);
      2. contains didactic and clinical education that integrates pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical components of laboratory services, including the principles and practices of quality assurance/quality improvement, and which is designed and conducted to prepare graduates to practice as clinical laboratory technicians under the supervision of a clinical laboratory technologist, laboratory supervisor, or director of a clinical laboratory; and
      3. is registered by the department for general educational purposes but need not be specifically registered for licensure purposes, or is accredited by an acceptable accrediting agency, or is recognized by appropriate civil authorities of the jurisdiction in which the program is offered as a program that prepares the applicant for professional practice as a clinical laboratory technician.
  4. To meet the professional education requirement for admission to the examination for professional certification as a clinical laboratory technician, the applicant must also certify to the department that he or she has reviewed the rules and regulations of the New York State Department of Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, relating to practice as a clinical laboratory technician in New York State, in accordance with written guidance from the department.

79-15.2 Licensing examination.

  1. Content. To meet the examination requirement for professional certification as a clinical laboratory technician, the candidate shall pass a general examination for clinical laboratory technicians that is determined by the department to measure the applicant's knowledge, judgment, and skills concerning practice as a clinical laboratory technician, as defined in section 8601(2)(c) of the Education Law, and to be offered by an organization that has satisfactory administrative and psychometric procedures in place to offer the examination.
  2. Passing score. The department shall accept scores on the examination satisfactory to the State Board for Clinical Laboratory Technology, as meeting the requirement for passing the licensing examination. The applicant shall pass the examination with a converted score of at least 75, as determined by the State Board for Clinical Laboratory Technology.

79-15.3 Limited permits.

  1. As authorized by section 8608 of the Education Law, upon recommendation of the State Board for Clinical Laboratory Technology, the department may issue a limited permit to practice as a clinical laboratory technician to an applicant for certification who meets the requirements of this section.
  2. The applicant for a limited permit to practice as a clinical laboratory technician shall:
    1. file an application for a limited permit with the department and pay the initial certification and registration fee, as prescribed in section 8606 of the Education Law, and a limited permit fee of fifty dollars;
    2. have met all requirements for certification as a clinical laboratory technician, except the examination requirement;
    3. submit adequate documentation that the applicant will be under the general supervision of the director of a clinical laboratory, as defined in section 571 of the Public Health Law, in accordance with the requirements of this paragraph.
      1. Such documentation shall identify the director of the clinical laboratory who has responsibility for providing general supervision of the applicant's work while under the limited permit, and include a signed statement by the director of the clinical laboratory certifying that he or she will provide general supervision of the applicant's experience. If a director cannot carry out his or her duties, or is replaced by a new or interim director, the limited permit holder shall submit to the department on a form prescribed by the department the name of the new director who has assumed supervisory responsibility of the permit holder.
      2. For purposes of this section, under the general supervision of the director of a clinical laboratory shall mean that the permit holder shall be supervised by a director of a clinical laboratory who shall:
        1. serve the laboratory full-time, or on a regular part-time basis;
        2. ensure the supervision of the technical performance of the permit holder, and be readily available for consultation with the permit holder, as needed; and
        3. be responsible for the performance and findings of all tests carried out by the limited permit holder, either by directly overseeing such testing, or by delegating this responsibility to authorized qualified supervisors who are on site within the laboratory.
  3. The limited permit issued pursuant to this section shall be valid for a period of not more than one year from the date of issuance. Such limited permit may be renewed at the discretion of the department for one additional one-year period, provided that the applicant documents good cause, such as, a specific physical or mental disability certified by an appropriate health care professional or other good cause which in the judgment of the department made it impossible for the applicant to complete requirements for certification as a clinical laboratory technician while under the original limited permit.

79-15.4 Special provisions.

  1. In accordance with section 8607(1)(b) of the Education Law, an applicant may be certified by the department as a clinical laboratory technician through meeting the requirements of this section. The applicant must apply for certification under this section by January 1, 2009, except as otherwise provided in subparagraph (iv) of paragraph (4) of subdivision (b) of this section, and shall meet the requirements for certification under this section by July 1, 2009, unless the particular requirement in this section prescribes an earlier date, in which case the earlier date must be met.
  2. The applicant shall:
    1. file the application for certification with the department and pay the fee for the initial certification and the fee for the first registration period, as prescribed in section 8606 of the Education Law, all by January 1, 2009, except as otherwise provided in subparagraph (iv) of paragraph (4) of this subdivision;
    2. be of good moral character as determined by the department;
    3. be at least 18 years of age; and
    4. meet one of the following requirements:
      1. the applicant shall meet the professional education requirement for certification, as prescribed in section 79-15.1 of this Subpart by July 1, 2009, and shall have successfully performed the duties of a clinical laboratory technician for two years, meaning 2,880 clock hours, over the five years immediately preceding December 31, 2007; or
      2. the applicant shall have successfully performed the duties of a clinical laboratory technician for five years, meaning 7,200 clock hours, prior to December 31, 2007, as verified in writing by a director of a clinical laboratory, as defined in section 571 of the Public Health Law ; or
      3. the applicant, at the time of application, shall have previously been qualified for a certification or its equivalent to practice as a clinical laboratory technician in New York State through other regulatory requirements of a governmental unit of New York State authorized by law to qualify individuals for such certification or its equivalent; or
      4. the applicant shall have competently performed the duties of a clinical laboratory technician in a clinical laboratory operated in accordance with Title V of Article 5 of the Public Health law for six months, meaning 720 clock hours, over the three years immediately preceding December 31, 2007 as verified by a director of a clinical laboratory, and the applicant shall have applied for licensure and have paid the fee for the initial license and the fee for the first registration period by September 1, 2013.
  3. In accordance with subdivision (2) of section 8607 of the Education Law, an individual who on or before January 1, 2009 files with the department an application for certification as a clinical laboratory technician under this section and certifies to a good faith belief that he or she has or will have met the requirements for certification under this section by the prescribed completion dates which shall in no case be later than July 1, 2009, shall be deemed qualified to practice as a clinical laboratory technician from the date of filing the application with the department until such time as the department has acted upon such application.
Last Updated: August 28, 2009