Medical Technologist Career in New York

How to Become a Medical Technologist in New York

Throughout the United States, the majority of the states require individuals to become nationally certified in the field of medical technology before allowing the person to practice.  Some of the states require additional training to become state certified in addition to nationally certified.  A few states only require individuals to become state certified, letting the person decide if national certification is desired.  New York falls into this category.  The first thing step to becoming a Medical Technologist is to complete at least 4 years of college and earn a Bachelor’s degree or higher from a Medical Technologist program that has been registered with the New York State Education Department or been deemed to be equivalent. 

Another option for the individual is to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in one of the physical sciences, such as chemistry, biology, or microbiology and then complete an approved higher education program in Medical Technology.  While enrolled in a Medical Technology program, experience hours will be accrued, which should fulfill the minimum requirement.  After an individual has earned the appropriate educational degree, it is time to certify to the New York State Education Department that you have read and understand the rules and regulations related to working for the New York State Health Department.  Once this has been completed, a state examination is needed to complete the certification requirements.  If national certification is also desired, then additional examinations are necessary.  Next, it is time to apply for the license!  Be sure to include the $175 processing fee and the $170 registration fee when applying for the initial license.  To be approved for a license in New York, you must meet a few requirements.

  1. Minimum Education requirements have been met. 
  2. Minimum Experience hours achieved.
  3. Pass the state examination.
  4. Be at least 18 years old.
  5. Have a good moral character.

Satisfying these requirements fulfills all eligibility requirements for pursuing New York Medical Technologist careers.

For further information about New York or national licensing requirements or procedures, please contact:

New York State Education Department
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Office of the Professions | (518) 474-3817

National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 North River Road
Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
773-714-8886 (fax)

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