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How to Become a Medical Technician in New York

Steps to Become a Medical Laboratory Technician in New York

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the most common path to becoming a clinical laboratory technician is through an associate’s degree program offered through online or campus based New York medical technician schools. However, 50% of clinical laboratory technicians in New York have a bachelor’s degree or higher. Current professional education requirements will allow you to apply for licensure and registration if you have completed a program registered with NYSED that includes analytical laboratory skills, quality assurance and quality improvement practices, and preparation to work under a licensed supervisor. However, after September 1, 2013, you must be a graduate of a program that is accredited by an agency such as the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs or another acceptable professional organization that is recognized for preparation of licensed clinical laboratory technicians. If you have questions about the accreditation of a program, you should contact the NYSED Office of the Professions Clinical Laboratory Technology Board at 518-474-3817, ext. 150. For general information or a license application, contact the NYSED Office of the Professions at 518-474-3817, [email protected] or write to Office of the Professions, State Education Building - 2nd Floor, Albany, NY 12234.

Following are the steps to become a licensed clinical laboratory technician in New York.

  1. Complete an associate's degree or higher from an approved clinical laboratory technician program registered with the New York State Education Department (NYSED) or a recognized equivalent.
  2. File an application for your licensing exam with the New York State Education Department (NYSED) Office of the Professions. The application requires that you disclose student loan information, child support obligations, and citizenship status. You must also provide a photograph and a notarized affidavit certifying that you have reviewed the required state and federal laws listed on the Licensing Requirement Page ( of the NYSED Office of the Professions. Additional forms are required certifying your professional education and any other certifications you may hold. All credentials submitted to support your application must come directly from the issuing organization and must have the original (not photocopied) signature of the credentialing official.
  3. Pay a fee of $263 for licensure and first registration.
  4. Mail your application and fees to the NYSED Office of the Professions, PO Box 22063, Albany, NY 12201. The forms required may vary depending on when your degree was awarded (before or after September 1, 2013). A list of required forms can be found at
  5. Pass the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board for Registry’s Examination for Certified Clinical Laboratory Technician with a score of at least 75. Testing information is available from the ASCP.

American Society for Clinical Pathology
33 West Monroe Street, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60603
P: 312.541.4999
F: 312.541.4998

Recent graduates may apply for a limited permit, which will allow them to practice for one year and prepare for the exam. It may be extended for one additional year with documented cause, such as a mental or physical problem that interferes in your ability to take the exam. You must meet all requirements except completion of the exam to qualify for a limited permit. The limited permit application fee is $50.

Through campus based and online programs, aspiring Medical Technicians in New York, Buffalo, Rochester, Yonkers and Syracuse, New York may be able to prepare themselves for the possibility of employment in some of the largest hospitals and healthcare facilities in the state including the Presbyterian Hospital, Bellevue Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and Brookdale Hospital.
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