Board Information

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Welcome to the Montana Board of Clinical Laboratory Science Practitioners

Mission Statement: The mission of the Montana Board of Clinical Lab Science Practitioners is to protect the health, safety, and well-being of Montana citizens through the regulation and oversight of clinical laboratory scientists, clinical laboratory specialists, and clinical laboratory technicians. The board makes every effort to include relevant and current information pertaining to licensing and regulation on our website.  Please contact us if you need additional information, or to provide comments on how we can improve the website. 

 

Message to New Licensees & Applicants

  • Even in normal years, graduation season is busy time for license application processing staff. The board recognizes that the current COVID-19 pandemic has created discord in the normal application, examination, and licensure process. We are striving to address these concerns and potential roadblocks as quickly as possible; however, please understand that this will not occur overnight. The board must continue its public safety mission while adapting to daily changes occurring from the pandemic. This will take time.
  • Applicants are encouraged to begin their application for licensure and to complete as much of the required information as possible.
  • Applications remain valid for one year under normal circumstances. If you submit your application and an item is missing, our licensing specialist will work with you to complete the application. We do not deny applicants for submitting an incomplete application. By completing the application’s remaining parts, exempting exams, etc., you can get ahead on the licensure process.
  • Online applications are the most efficient application method and allow you to upload your own supplemental forms directly into your application at any time.  Click here to go to our online system to create an account and begin your application.
  • Paying the fee triggers the beginning of the staff review process. Be aware that to verify authenticity, some documents such as exam results, and transcripts must be sent to the department directly from the source and cannot be uploaded by the applicant.

Make Sure Your Contact Information is Current

  • Make sure your address and e-mail information are up-to-date. You can update your information at any time by logging into your online account.
  • E-mail is the board's primary form of communication so a current e-mail helps ensure you stay current on board information.

Contact Information

Thank you for your interest in contacting the Montana Board of Clinical Laboratory Science Practitioners.

 

If you are already licensed, have applied for a license, are about to apply for a license, or are renewing your license from the Board of Clinical Laboratory Science Practitioners:

Professional Licensing Customer Service:

(406) 444-6880

DLIBSDHELP@MT.GOV

 

If you have scope of practice questions or comments for the Board of Clinical Laboratory Science Practitioners:

Kelly Welsh, Executive Officer

DLIBSDCLS@MT.GOV

 

If you have questions about continuing education:

(406) 444-5696

AUDIT@MT.GOV

 

If you have questions about filing a complaint against a licensee:

(406) 841-2312

DLIBSDCOMPLAINTS@MT.GOV


Mailing Address:

Board of Clinical Laboratory Science Practitioners

PO Box 200513

Helena, MT 59620-0513

 

Physical Address:

Board of Clinical Laboratory Science Practitioners

301 S. Park Avenue

4th Floor

Helena, MT 59620

Board Events

Board meetings are usually held several times a year.
Meeting minutes are posted within 3 days of board approval.

In general, Board meetings are open to the public.
There are certain meetings or parts (Screening Panel and Executive Session), which are closed to the public.

Scheduled and Proposed Meetings

Board Members

Board members are appointed by the Governor with Senate confirmation.
Members serve 4 year terms with a limit of two consecutive terms.

Individual Board Members can be contacted by email at dlibsdcls@mt.gov. In your message please specify which board member you would like to contact. For additional contact information and information on board member terms, please visit the Governor’s Office link for Board Members and Councils at http://boards.mt.gov/.

Vicki Rice - Chair, Clinical Laboratory Scientist
Alison Mizner, Clinical Laboratory Scientist
Troy Kreiger, Clinical Laboratory Scientist
Matthew Kalanick, Clinical Laboratory Scientist
Carl Donovan, Public Member

Lookup Licensed Individual

Licensee Lookup System

This site is a primary source for verification of license credentials.

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry, Business Standards Division, presents Licensee Lookup information as a service to the public. The Division relies upon information provided by licensees to be true and correct, as required by statute. It is an act of unprofessional conduct for a licensee knowingly to provide erroneous information to the Division.

The Department of Labor and Industry makes no warranty or guarantee concerning the accuracy or reliability of the content of this website. Assessing the accuracy and reliability of information obtained from this website is solely the responsibility of the user. If you have questions regarding information found within this Licensee Lookup website, please contact the specific licensing board directly.

Please note that some disciplinary actions against licensees may not appear immediately on the website. Appeals, effective dates of orders and other administrative processes may delay posting on the website. Please contact the specific licensing board directly if you require discipline information that occurred prior to July 1, 1996.

Clinical Laboratory Scientist

The following outlines general licensing information. For specific information on filing an application, you will need to obtain the application that includes a detailed listing of the requirements. An application checklist can be found here.

A. Application Fee: All fee's are non-refundable
Original Application - $100.00
Temporary License - $25.00
License by Endorsement - $100.00
Reactivation of an Inactive license - $35.00

B. Education Requirements:
Clinical Laboratory Scientist - Must have graduated from an accredited college or university with a baccalaureate degree with at least 36 semester or 54 quarter hours in the physical and biological sciences.
Licensure of Out-of-State Applicants - Other state's current licensing standards must be substantially equivalent to, or greater than, Montana's current licensing standards.

C. Experience Requirements:
None for the Scientist.
Licensure of out-of-state applicants - Must hold an active license(s) in another state(s) where the license has had no disciplinary action taken against it.

D. Examination Information:
Examinations administered by National Certification Agencies are approved by the Board.
Clinical Laboratory Scientist - The applicant must pass a generalist examination offered by a national certifying body for clinical laboratory scientists.
Licensure of out-of-state applicants – Endorsement - Proof of passing a generalist examination offered by a national certifying body for clinical laboratory scientists.

E. Continuing Education Requirements:
All applicants for renewal of licenses shall have completed continuing education as a condition to establish eligibility for renewal. The continuing education requirement will not apply until the licensee's first full year of licensure.

  • 14 hours of continuing education will be required annually for renewal of a license.
  • All continuing education credits must be germane to the profession and must contribute to the professional competence of a Clinical Laboratory Science Practitioner.

F. Renewal Period: March 1 - May 1
Late Renew Online for 45 days until June 15

G. Renewal Fee: Active $100 / Inactive $50

H. Additional Information:
Temporary Permits (for exam applicants only):
A temporary practice permit will be issued for 120 days only. Only one temporary permit will be issued to an individual. An applicant must identify the licensed individual(s) who shall be responsible for providing direct, onsite supervision.  If the applicant does not register for the first available examination, for any reason, or fails the examination, the temporary practice permit will be void and must be returned to the board office immediately.
Inactive Status:
A licensee may place their license on inactive status by submitting a written request and paying the required fee. A licensee on inactive status has sole responsibility for providing the board information regarding changes in residency or mailing address. Failure to renew an inactive status license or reactivate will result in termination of the license. The holder of a terminated license will be required to re-apply for licensure.
Reactivation of License:
For a licensee to reactivate a license, the licensee must file an updated application form, pay the required fee and submit proof of obtaining the required continuing education for the two-year period immediately preceding the submission of a reactivation application.

Clinical Laboratory Specialist

The following outlines general licensing information. For specific information on filing an application, you will need to obtain the application that includes a detailed listing of the requirements. An application checklist can be found here.

A. Application Fee: All Fee's are Non-Refundable
Original Application - $100.00
Temporary License - $25.00
License by Endorsement - $100.00
Reactivation of an Inactive license - $35.00

B. Education Requirements:
Clinical Laboratory Specialist - Must have graduated from an accredited college or university with a baccalaureate degree with at least 36 semester or 54 quarter hours in the physical and biological sciences.
Licensure of Out-of-State Applicants - Other state's current licensing standards must be substantially equivalent to, or greater than, Montana's current licensing standards.

C. Experience Requirements:
None for the Specialist.
Licensure of out-of-state applicants - Must hold an active license(s) in another state(s) where the license has had no disciplinary action taken against it.

D. Examination Information:
Examinations administered by National Certification Agencies are approved by the Board.
Clinical Laboratory Specialist - The applicant must pass a specialist examination offered by a national certifying body for clinical laboratory specialists.
Licensure of out-of-state applicants – Endorsement - Proof of passing a specialist examination offered by a national certifying body for clinical laboratory specialists.

E. Continuing Education Requirements:
All applicants for renewal of licenses shall have completed continuing education as a condition to establish eligibility for renewal. The continuing education requirement will not apply until the licensee's first full year of licensure.

  • 14 hours of continuing education will be required annually for renewal of a license.
  • All continuing education credits must be germane to the profession and must contribute to the professional competence of a Clinical Laboratory Science Practitioner.

F. Renewal Period: March 1 - May 1
Late Renew Online for 45 days until June 15

G. Renewal Fee: Active $100 / Inactive $50

H. Additional Information:
Temporary Permits (for exam applicants only):
A temporary practice permit will be issued for 120 days only. Only one temporary permit will be issued to an individual. An applicant must identify the licensed individual(s) who shall be responsible for providing direct, onsite supervision. If the applicant does not register for the first available examination, for any reason, or fails the examination, the temporary practice permit will be void and must be returned to the board office immediately.
Inactive Status:
A licensee may place their license on inactive status by submitting a written request and paying the required fee. A licensee on inactive status has sole responsibility for providing the board information regarding changes in residency or mailing address. Failure to renew an inactive status license or reactivate will result in termination of the license. The holder of a terminated license will be required to re-apply for licensure.
Reactivation of License:
For a licensee to reactivate a license, the licensee must file an updated application form, pay the required fee and submit proof of obtaining the required continuing education for the two-year period immediately preceding the submission of a reactivation application.

Clinical Laboratory Technician

The following outlines general licensing information. For specific information on filing an application, you will need to obtain the application that includes a detailed listing of the requirements. An application checklist can be found here.

A. Application Fee: All Fees are Non-Refundable
Original Application - $100.00
Temporary License - $25.00
License by Endorsement - $100.00
Reactivation of an Inactive license - $35.00

B. Education Requirements:
Clinical Laboratory Technician - Must have graduated with an associate degree or possess 60 semester or 90 quarter hours in a science-related discipline or completed a military medical laboratory training program of at least 12 months in duration.
Licensure of Out-of-State Applicants - Other state's current licensing standards must be substantially equivalent to, or greater than, Montana's current licensing standards.

C. Experience Requirements:
None for the Technician.
Licensure of out-of-state applicants - Must hold an active license(s) in another state(s) where the license has had no disciplinary action taken against it.

D. Examination Information:
Examinations administered by National Certification Agencies are approved by the Board.
Clinical Laboratory Technician - The applicant must pass a technician examination offered by a national certifying body for clinical laboratory technicians.
Licensure of out-of-state applicants – Endorsement - Proof of passing a technician examination offered by a national certifying body for clinical laboratory technicians.

E. Continuing Education Requirements:
All applicants for renewal of licenses shall have completed continuing education as a condition to establish eligibility for renewal. The continuing education requirement will not apply until the licensee's first full year of licensure.

  • 14 hours of continuing education will be required annually for renewal of a license.
  • All continuing education credits must be germane to the profession and must contribute to the professional competence of a Clinical Laboratory Science Practitioner.

F. Renewal Period: March 1 - May 1
Late Renew Online for 45 days until June 15

G. Renewal Fee: Active $100 / Inactive $50

H. Additional Information:
Temporary Permits (for exam applicants only):
A temporary practice permit will be issued for 120 days only. Only one temporary permit will be issued to an individual. An applicant must identify the licensed individual(s) who shall be responsible for providing direct, onsite supervison. If the applicant does not register for the first available examination, for any reason, or fails the examination, the temporary practice permit will be void and must be returned to the board office immediately.
Inactive Status:
A licensee may place their license on inactive status by submitting a written request and paying the required fee. A licensee on inactive status has sole responsibility for providing the board information regarding changes in residency or mailing address. Failure to renew an inactive status license or reactivate will result in termination of the license. The holder of a terminated license will be required to re-apply for licensure.
Reactivation of License:
For a licensee to reactivate a license, the licensee must file an updated application form, pay the required fee and submit proof of obtaining the required continuing education for the two-year period immediately preceding the submission of a reactivation application.

Exam Information

The Board recognizes the following national examination agencies:
National Examination Certification Agencies

Download List of Licensees

License Download System

This service allows you to purchase complete lists of individuals, businesses, and contractors licensed with the State of Montana through the Business Standards Division.

Options include:

  • Creating a customized list of licensees by selecting board type, license type, license status, county, etc.;
  • Submitting payment for your list using a credit/debit card or registered user account
  • Downloading your list immediately, and if necessary, retrieving your list within 24-hours of purchase

License Verification Request

You can determine if a person is licensed in Montana by using LicenseLookup.mt.gov.  Written requests are also welcome and the process to follow is outlined below.  

Individuals who are licensed in Montana and need a verification on the status of their license can use the official license verification form. Physicians and physician assistants should use VeriDoc to have verification sent on the status of their license to another state medical board.

There are THREE types of Licensure Verification Requests:

1). Licensees for any profession can be verified by using LicenseLookup.mt.gov.
This website provides real-time connectivity to the Business Standards Licensing Database.  There is no charge for this service.

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2). An individual may request licensure information directly from the board or program email link. The email should include first and last name, address, city, state, license number and any other type of identifying information. There is no charge for this service.

A response should occur within 3 days of receipt.

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3). To request an official Montana license verification be sent to another state licensing board, jurisdiction or individual for license confirmation status in the State of Montana. The fee for this is $20.00 per verification requested.
 

Once the fee and official license verification form are received, the request will be processed and mailed within 5 days.

Statute/Rule Information

All of the Statutes and Rules listed here are applicable to this board.

Statutes are laws passed by the Legislature. All changes in statutes must go through the legislative process and be passed into law before they become effective. Title 37, Chapter 1, Part 3 is the Uniform Regulatory Act passed by the Legislature in 1995. All professional and occupational licensing is covered in these statutes.

Administrative Rules pertaining to clinical labratory scientists, clinical labratory specialists, and clinical labratory technicians are written and adopted by the Board of Clinical Lab Science Practitioners. The Board writes rules in order to administer the laws over which the Legislature has given the Board authority. Rules can be changed by going through the rule-making procedure. They do not go through the Legislative process. The Board of Clinical Lab Science Practitioners continuously reviews rules to determine needed changes.

The Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) at this site contain what should be the same text as the official version published by the Office of the Secretary of State. There is a possibility, however, that the content may vary from the official version. In addition, the format has been changed for viewing on this web site. A copy of the official ARM in official format can be obtained from the ARM Bureau of the Office of the Secretary of State, by emailing: SOSARM@mt.gov. A web version of the ARM published by the Secretary of State can be viewed at Secretary of State's Administrative Rules of Montana.

Administrative Rules

Rules Notices

Click here to find rules notices older than one year at the Montana Secretary of State website.


MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-101-308

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.101.417 registration for out-of-state volunteer professionals

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT (published May 29, 2020)

NOTICE OF AMENDMENT (effective July 25, 2020)

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-129-18

 

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.129.401 fees, 24.129.402 supervision, 24.129.610 inactive status, and 24.129.2101 continuing education requirements

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT

Notice of Amendment

Effective February 9, 2019

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-129-17

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.129.401 fees, 24.129.402 supervision, 24.129.603 minimum standards for licensure, 24.129.605 military training or experience, 24.129.612 temporary practice permits, and 24.129.2301 unprofessional conduct and the adoption of NEW RULE I nonroutine applications

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-101-307

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.101.402 definitions and 24.101.403 administrative fees, and the repeal of 24.101.401 purpose, 24.101.407 licensing, and 24.101.414 renewal notification

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-129-16

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.129.603 and the repeal of 24.129.601 and 24.129.602 licensing

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-129-15

In the matter of the adoption of NEW RULE I military training or experience

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED ADOPTION
posted January 23, 2009

NOTICE OF ADOPTION
posted June 9, 2014

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-129-14

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.129.2101 continuing education requirements

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT
posted July, 09, 2012

NOTICE OF AMENDMENT
posted December 13, 2012

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-101-259

In the matter of the adoption of NEW RULE I registration for out-of-state volunteer professionals

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED ADOPTION
posted November 7, 2011

NOTICE OF ADOPTION
posted January 27, 2012

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-101-203

In the matter of the adoption of NEW RULE I pertaining to licensee lookup database

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED ADOPTION
posted January 23, 2009

NOTICE OF ADOPTION
posted July 10, 2009

Statutes

How to File a Complaint

Complaint Information

The mission of the Board of Clinical Laboratory Science Practitioners is to protect the health, safety and well being of Montana citizens through the licensing of competent professionals and by the regulation of the practice to promote the delivery of quality health care.

In order to meet its mission, the Board is charged with taking appropriate action for unprofessional, incompetent, or unlawful practice. You can learn more about the complaint process or file a complaint with the Board here.

For information on complaints contact:
Beth Murphy, Compliance Specialist
Telephone: (406) 841-2357
E-mail: dlibsdcomplaints@mt.gov

Complaint Information
Complaint Process Brochure
Complaint Form
Complaint Process FAQ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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