Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel » Technologist- Licensing, Renewals & Information (2023)

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Requirements

Licensure Requirements – All applicants for a Technologist license must satisfy the requirements for High Complexity Testing under CLIA Amendments.

The requirements for licensure as a Clinical Laboratory Technologist are as follows. Applicants must:

  • Be a Florida licensed doctor of medicine, doctor of osteopathy, or doctor of podiatric medicine.

OR

  • Have earned a doctoral, master’s, or bachelor’s degree in a chemical, physical, biological or clinical laboratory science, or medical technology from an accredited institution.

OR

  • Have earned an associate degree in a laboratory science or medical laboratory technology from an accredited institution, or education and training that is equivalent.

Applicants must also meet additional requirements for their specialty area(s). Review the matrix found in Rule 64B3-5.003, F.A.C. to ensure that you qualify for your intended specialty.

It is your responsibility to understand the responsibilities of a Clinical Laboratory Technologist. Please carefully read Rule 64B3-13.003, F.A.C. to review these responsibilities.

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Education Equivalency Requirements for Non-U.S. Graduates

Applicants who were educated outside the United States must have their education evaluated to determine U.S. equivalency. Evaluations are acceptable from an accredited U.S. college or university on an official transcript or a credentials evaluation service.

Bachelor’s degrees from Puerto Rico and the Philippines do not need a credentials evaluation; however, official transcripts must be submitted from the institution.

  • All graduates who were educated outside the U.S. who intend to utilize credit earned in colleges or universities outside of the United States to qualify for licensure will need to provide evidence of U.S. equivalency of such credit hours.
  • The credentials evaluation must be performed by one of the acceptable credential evaluation services and include a breakdown of all college level courses by subject. Board accepted providers can be located at: https://floridasclinicallabs.gov/resources/.
  • Credit hours must be listed in semester hours.
  • The credentials evaluation should be sent directly to the board office from the evaluator. Please request that the evaluator include the transcript with the evaluation sent to the agency.
  • If transcripts cannot be ordered from the non-U.S. education institution, certified copies of the original documents used in the evaluation must be submitted to the agency.

Applicants with Health History

If you answer “yes” to any of the health history questions on the application, please submit supporting documentation including the relevant dates and circumstances of such treatment and/or addiction along with the names and addresses of the medical practitioners or hospitals who performed such treatment.

Applicants with Discipline History

Applicants with prior disciplinary actions are required to submit the following:

Board Actions– Certified copies of document(s) relative to any disciplinary action taken against any license. The documents must come from the agency that took the disciplinary action and must be certified by that agency.

Self-Explanation– A detailed description of the circumstances surrounding your disciplinary action and a thorough description of the rehabilitative changes in your lifestyle since the time of the disciplinary action which would enable you to avoid future occurrences. It would be helpful to include factors in your life, which you feel may have contributed to your disciplinary action, what you have learned about yourself since that time, and the changes you have made that support your rehabilitation.

Applicants with Criminal History

Applicants with prior criminal convictions are required to submit the following:

Final Dispositions/Arrest Records– Final disposition records for offenses can be obtained at the clerk of the court in the arresting jurisdiction. If the records are not available, you must have a letter on court letterhead sent from the clerk of the court attesting to their unavailability.

Completion of Probation/Parole/Sanctions– Probation and financial sanction records for offenses can be obtained at the clerk of the court in the arresting jurisdiction. Parole records for offenses can be obtained from the Department of Corrections or at the clerk of the court in the arresting jurisdiction. If the records are not available, you must have a letter on court letterhead sent from the clerk of the court attesting to their unavailability.

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Self-Explanation– Applicants who have listed offenses on the application must submit a letter in their own words describing the circumstances of the offense. Include in your letter the date of the original offense, the charge, and the jurisdiction where it occurred.

Health Care Fraud; Disqualification for License, Certificate, or Registration

Effective July 1, 2012, Section 456.0635, Florida Statutes (F.S.), provides that health care boards or the department shall refuse to issue a license, certificate or registration and shall refuse to admit a candidate for examination if the applicant:

  1. Has been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, regardless of adjudication, a felony under Chapter 409, F.S., (relating to social and economic assistance), Chapter 817, F.S., (relating to fraudulent practices), Chapter 893, F.S., (relating to drug abuse prevention and control) or a similar felony offense(s) in another state or jurisdiction unless the candidate or applicant has successfully completed a drug court program for that felony and provides proof that the plea has been withdrawn or the charges have been dismissed. Any such conviction or plea shall exclude the applicant or candidate from licensure, examination, certification, or registration, unless the sentence and any subsequent period of probation for such conviction or plea ended:
    1. For the felonies of the first or second degree, more than 15 years from the date of the plea, sentence and completion of any subsequent probation;
    2. For the felonies of the third degree, more than 10 years from the date of the plea, sentence and completion of any subsequent probation;
    3. For the felonies of the third degree under section 893.13(6)(a), F.S., more than five years from the date of the plea, sentence and completion of any subsequent probation;
  2. Has been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, regardless of adjudication, a felony under 21 U.S.C. ss. 801-970 (relating to controlled substances) or 42 U.S.C. ss. 1395-1396 (relating to public health, welfare, Medicare and Medicaid issues), unless the sentence and any subsequent period of probation for such conviction or pleas ended more than 15 years prior to the date of the application;
  3. Has been terminated for cause from the Florida Medicaid program pursuant to section 409.913, F.S., unless the candidate or applicant has been in good standing with the Florida Medicaid program for the most recent five years;
  4. Has been terminated for cause, pursuant to the appeals procedures established by the state or Federal Government, from any other state Medicaid program, unless the candidate or applicant has been in good standing with a state Medicaid program for the most recent five years and the termination occurred at least 20 years before the date of the application;
  5. Is currently listed on the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s List of Excluded Individuals and Entities.

Process

Submit your completed application and fees to the board office. To apply online select the “Apply Online” button above.

If you prefer, you may apply using the paper application. To download the paper application, click the “Resources” tab above and select the application for the appropriate licensure level from the “PDF Applications” drop-down menu.

Please download, print, and complete the paper application. Submit your application along with the required fees to:

Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel
P. O. Box 6330
Tallahassee, FL 32314-6330

Within 7-14 days of receipt of your application, the board office will notify you of the status of your application and any remaining required documentation that needs to be submitted.

Florida law requires that all initial licensure and adding specialty applicants have taken the following Florida board-approved courses prior to licensure: one hour in HIV/AIDS and two hours of the prevention of medical errors education.

The following documentation is required to complete your application:

  1. Official Final Transcript- Have your official final transcripts mailed directly from your college or university to the board office at:

Florida Board of ClinicalLaboratory Personnel
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin # C 07
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3257

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  1. Official License Verification- If you are licensed or have ever held a license in another state, contact that state’s licensing office and request for license verification to be sent directly to the Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel.
  2. National Certification- Contact the national certification agency and request that certification be sent directly to the board office.
  3. If you responded “Yes” to any of the Health History questions on the application, submit a letter to the board office. The letter must provide relevant dates and circumstances of your treatment and/or addiction and include the names and addresses of the medical practitioners or hospitals that provided your treatment.
  4. If you responded “Yes” to any of the Discipline History questions on the application, contact the state board where the discipline occurred to request that certified copies of the board order and any other related documentation be submitted directly to the board office.

You must also submit a letter in your own words describing the circumstances of the offense(s). Your letter must include the date(s) of the original offense(s), the charge(s) and the jurisdiction where it occurred.

  1. If you responded “Yes” to any of the Criminal History questions on the application, contact the Clerk of the Court in the jurisdiction in which the offense occurred and request that a certified copy of your final/official court disposition be mailed directly to the board office. If the records are unavailable, you must have a letter on court letterhead sent from the Clerk of the Court attesting to their unavailability.

If applicable, request the following documentation to be sent directly to the board office: a certified copy of your completion of probation and documentation showing that you have paid all fines. If the records are unavailable, you must have a letter on court letterhead sent from the Clerk of the Court attesting to their unavailability.

You must also submit a letter in your own words describing the circumstances of the offense(s). Your letter must include the date(s) of the original offense(s), the charge(s) and the jurisdiction where it occurred.

Note:All applications with Criminal History, Discipline or Health History will be presented to the board for review. Board staff will notify you of the date that your application will be presented in the event you would like to attend.

Fees

Technologist Initial & Upgrade Licensure Level:

Application Fee: (non-refundable)$50.00
Licensure Fee:$45.00
Unlicensed Activity Fee:$5.00
TOTAL FEE:$100.00

Make certified check or money orders payable to the Florida Department of Health, or pay by credit card when applying online.

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Florida Statutes

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Chapter 483, Part III:Clinical Laboratory Personnel
Chapter 456:Health Professions and Occupations: General Provisions
Chapter 120:Administrative Procedure Act

Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.)

Rules: Chapter 64B3:Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel

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FAQs

How often must Florida Clinical Laboratory Personnel licenses be renewed? ›

License holders with the Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel are required to renew their licenses biennially in order to maintain the right to practice.

How do I renew my Florida Med Tech license? ›

Renewal Instructions:
  1. Go to www.flhealthsource.gov and click the “Renew A License” button.
  2. Enter your Personal Identifying Information (PII), then click the Login button.
  3. Confirm or update your MQA Services Account email address, then click the “Continue” button.
  4. You are now in the Dashboard.

How long does it take to get Florida medical Technologist license? ›

How long will it take for my license to be issued? Your license number will be issued within five to seven business days once your licensure application has been approved.

How much do lab technologists make in Florida? ›

The average salary for a medical laboratory technician in Florida is $48,000 per year. Medical laboratory technician salaries in Florida can vary between $21,500 to $79,000 and depend on various factors, including skills, experience, employer, bonuses, tips, and more.

How often does CLIA have to be renewed? ›

A two-year certificate cycle is then established and you will pay an accreditation certificate fee and a validation survey fee every two years. CMS will send you a renewed COA every two years, as long as your laboratory remains compliant. You will also pay fees to the accreditation organization.

How long does CLS certification last? ›

Once you receive your license you will need to renew it every two years. To renew, you must pay a fee and submit documentation of continuing education.

How much does it cost to renew medical license in Florida? ›

Failure to renew an active or inactive license by the expiration date will result in the license being placed in delinquent status. Take note: The active renewal fee is $389. The inactive renewal fee is $150.

How long is Med Tech certificate good for in Florida? ›

Yes, after successful completion of the training course which includes the hands-on skills, you will receive your 6-Hour Med Tech certification which is valid for twelve months (1 year) from the date of your course completion date.

How much do med techs make an hour in Florida? ›

How much does a MED Tech make in Florida? As of Nov 10, 2022, the average annual pay for a MED Tech in Florida is $27,817 a year. Just in case you need a simple salary calculator, that works out to be approximately $13.37 an hour. This is the equivalent of $534/week or $2,318/month.

What is the salary of a lab technician? ›

$57,800

How long does it takes to process clinical laboratory personnel license in Florida? ›

Florida law provides that an initial application must be reviewed within 30 days.

How do I become a certified lab technician in Florida? ›

To obtain certification as a medical lab technician through ASCP, an individual must first earn an associate degree or complete at least 60 semester hours (including six hours of chemistry and six hours of biology) of academic credit from a college or university.

Where do lab techs get paid the most? ›

Highest paying cities for Laboratory Technicians near United States
  • Atlanta, GA. $25.19 per hour. 81 salaries reported.
  • Dallas, TX. $24.97 per hour. 78 salaries reported.
  • Houston, TX. $24.48 per hour. 209 salaries reported.
  • Phoenix, AZ. $24.41 per hour. 97 salaries reported.
  • Nashville, TN. $24.05 per hour. ...
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Where do lab techs make the most money? ›

MLT professionals earned an average salary of $57,800 in 2021, and salaries are expected to increase in 2022 and 2023.
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The BLS claims these are the states with the highest average salary for medical lab technologists:
  • New York – $72,500.
  • Rhode Island – $70,580.
  • Connecticut – $70,220.
  • Oregon – $69,330.
  • California – $68,450.
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Are lab technologists in demand? ›

Demand for lab technicians is so high that there is a growing concern over the lack of new workers. In the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, the position of lab technician is expected to have the highest number of hirings over the next three years in Quebec.

How many times CLIA testing has to be done in a year? ›

All facilities performing laboratory testing are subject to inspection by CMS. Only Certificate of Compliance and Certificate of Accreditation laboratories have routine inspections every two years.

How many years Accreditation of a laboratory is valid? ›

The NABL accreditation certificate is valid for a period of 2 years.

How often should a clinical laboratory be inspected? ›

The Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA '88), enforced by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), require biennial inspections for clinical laboratories performing non-waived tests.

What is the difference between MLT and CLS? ›

CLS's require a Bachelor's of Science degree and a one year internship at a participating CLS program. MLTs on the other hand, cannot do high-complexity testing and are directly supervised by a CLS in the laboratory. MLTs require an Associates of Science degree but not a Bachelor's of Science degree.

How hard is it to get into CLS? ›

The CLS Program receives approximately 5,500 applications each year for approximately 550 available scholarships. Depending on how many students apply to a particular language and language level in a given year, the selection rate can be even more competitive.

Is there a CLS shortage? ›

CLS jobs in California are especially plentiful, but those seeking jobs in the state will find variations in everything from credentialing and licensing to what their job titles are even called.

What is the requirement to renew your Florida certification? ›

✓ Renewals require completion of 120 district in-service points OR six semester hours of college credit OR a combination of in-service and college credit. ✓ For those renewing a Florida (state-issued) certificate, the 120-point total must include 20 points in students with disabilities (SWD) training.

Do I need a medical certificate to renew my license? ›

This includes those who are applying for a student driver's license, a non-professional driver's license, and a professional driver's license. A medical certificate is also a requirement for individuals who are renewing their driver's license.

What happens if my Florida medical license expires? ›

Failure to renew an active or inactive license by the expiration date will result in the license being placed in delinquent status. Failure by a delinquent licensee to renew before the expiration of the current licensure cycle renders the license null and void without any further action by the board or the department.

How long do tech certifications last? ›

They expire three years from the date they are earned and can be renewed through CompTIA's continuing education (CE) program. CompTIA refers to certifications within their three-year period after a successful exam, or when they are successfully renewed, as active.

How long does a Florida medical license last? ›

Licensees of the Florida Board of Medicine are required to renew their licenses biennially in order to maintain the right to practice.

Do you have to be a CNA to be a med tech in Florida? ›

Florida Med Techs do not work in hospitals & do not need to be a C.N.A in the state of Florida to be certified as a Med Tech. You must pass the exams that are given throughout the class in order to receive your FL Assistance With Self-Administered Medication Certification at the end of the course.

What is the highest paid medical technician job? ›

20 Highest Paid Non-Physician Jobs in Healthcare
  • Orthotic and Prosthetics Professionals.
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians, Including Vascular Technologists. ...
  • Radiologic and MRI Technicians. ...
  • Dietitians and Nutritionists. ...
  • Respiratory Therapist. ...

What technicians make the most money in the medical field? ›

Anesthesiologists, surgeons, and physicians are among the highest-paying jobs in the medical field. Nurse anesthetists, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, and chief nursing officers earn the most out of all nurses. Pursuing a specialty may lead to higher-paying positions.

Is being a med tech worth it? ›

While it can be both mentally and physically demanding, working as a Med Tech can be extremely rewarding. Healthcare workers impact patients' lives by making them healthier and more comfortable. Many people who work as Med Techs build strong bonds with their residents and look forward to caring for them each day.

What is higher than a lab technician? ›

They both work in the lab and perform tests on biological samples, however, a medical lab scientist typically has more education and is able to perform more involved lab work. A medical lab technician performs more of the routine lab work and is often supervised by a medical lab scientist.

What qualifications do you need to be a Laboratory Technician? ›

You'll need:
  • science skills.
  • the ability to work well with your hands.
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail.
  • analytical thinking skills.
  • the ability to use your initiative.
  • the ability to work well with others.
  • thinking and reasoning skills.
  • knowledge of English language.

How do I prepare for a lab interview? ›

Prepare to answer these sorts of general questions before your interview:
  1. Why are you interested in lab research?
  2. What drew you to apply for this position?
  3. Who do you respect in the research field and why?
  4. Where do you see yourself in five years?
  5. What's your dream job?
  6. What do you like to do outside of work?

How much do clinical lab scientists make in Florida? ›

The average Clinical Laboratory Scientist salary in Florida is $72,506 as of October 27, 2022, but the range typically falls between $58,611 and $83,204.

Can I open my own lab after MLT? ›

There is no problem or hazards regarding to setup of own diagnostic laboratory as you are a graduate of Bsc medical laboratory technology qualified student.

Does Florida require a laboratory license? ›

All clinical laboratories performing non-waived testing in Florida must hold both a valid state license and federal CLIA certificate.

How hard is the ASCP exam? ›

ASCP BOC exams are difficult, so it may be wise to consider purchasing test prep resources and/or workbooks. These not only guide the candidate through the specific knowledge and skills that are the focus of their specific exam, but also often provide sample questions and tests that are invaluable practice.

What is a Level 3 lab technician? ›

The broad purpose of the occupation is working at the forefront of technology to carry out both routine and one-off laboratory testing (and manufacturing where relevant) and perform a variety of technical support functions across the organisation.

Is lab technician difficult? ›

That depends on who you ask! It's certainly equally as hard as nursing classes. You need to understand anatomy, physiology and chemistry at the very least. The first 2 years of college is basic core programs and then you take classes that specialize you to laboratory science: microbiology, hematology, immunohema...

How much do lab techs make in Florida? ›

The average salary for a medical laboratory technician in Florida is $48,000 per year. Medical laboratory technician salaries in Florida can vary between $21,500 to $79,000 and depend on various factors, including skills, experience, employer, bonuses, tips, and more.

How many hours a week do lab techs work? ›

Most work full time, about 40 hours per week. May work nights, weekends, or holidays. Hospitals need tests run at all hours of the day.

Is being a lab tech stressful? ›

Yes, being a laboratory technician can be stressful as mistakes in handling test specimens/results could cause great harm to a patient.

Are medical technologists happy? ›

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, medical laboratory technologists rate their career happiness 2.8 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 16% of careers.

Is a Masters in medical laboratory Science worth it? ›

A master's degree helps medical laboratory scientists become leaders in a field that is highly valued and continues to grow as the instruments and technologies used to detect disease and monitor treatment become more sophisticated.

What is the difference between lab technician and lab technologist? ›

Both technicians and technologists perform tests and procedures that physicians and surgeons or other healthcare personnel order. However, technologists perform more complex tests and laboratory procedures than technicians do.

How much does a science laboratory technologist earn? ›

$32,500 is the 25th percentile. Salaries below this are outliers. $50,500 is the 75th percentile.

Can a revoked license to operate a clinical laboratory be renewed? ›

No license shall be granted or renewed by the Secretary of Health for the operation and maintenance of a clinical laboratory unless such laboratory is under the administration, direction and supervision of an authorized physician, as provided for in the preceding paragraph. Section 3.

How many CPD units are required for the renewal of the license of Medical Technologists every 3 years? ›

Significant decrease in the number of required CPD units for the renewal of professional license. From the required 45 units down to a minimum of 15 units every three years; and. A transition period will be implemented while the PRC is working with CPD councils to fulfill the “pre-conditions” required from them.

What lab work should be done yearly? ›

Preventative care entails getting routine or annual lab tests to learn more about your health. For most adults, this includes a complete blood count (CBC), A1c test, and lipid panel. Your doctor may recommend additional lab tests based on your family history and current lifestyle.

How much will be the penalty if the license of the clinical laboratory is renewed 5 months after the expiry date? ›

A penalty of one thousand pesos (P1, 000.00) for late renewal shall be charged in addition to the renewal fee for all categories if the application is filed during the next two (2) months after expiry date. An application received more than two (2) months after expiry date shall be fined one hundred pesos (P100.

What is the maximum penalty for violations under the clinical laboratory law? ›

Any person, firm or corporation who violates any provisions of this Act or the rules and regulations issued thereunder by the Secretary of Health shall be punished with imprisonment for not less than one month but not more than one year, or by a fine of not less than one thousand pesos nor more than five thousand pesos ...

What must be the top priority consideration in the operation of the clinical laboratory? ›

Providing high-quality, diagnostic testing is the goal of all clinical laboratories.

How many CPD hours do I need for 2022? ›

a single subclass of business within a single class of business, you must complete a minimum of 6 hours of CPD activities per CPD cycle; more than one subclass of business within a single class of business, you must complete a minimum of 12 hours of CPD activities per CPD cycle; and.

Are CPD points required 2022? ›

Due to the availability of many virtual courses, conferences, webinars etc. the number of required CPD points for 2022 will be ten (10) as required according to the rules. (For 2021 five (5) CPD points is sufficient).

How many CPD do I need to renew? ›

The bill mandates that all professionals shall be required to obtain 45 CPD credit units every four years, which shall be deemed as the compliance period.

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