SB 334 (Pan) would expedite the ability of an MLT to obtain licensure as a CLS through the creation of an "MLT-to CLS Career Pathway". It would provide authority and discretion to Laboratory Field Services to allow some elements of MLT training to satisfy the educational requirements to become a CLS. This would allow an MLT to utilize their 6-month clinical training program to satisfy a portion of the one-year post-baccalaureate clinical training program required to become a CLS.
This change will help alleviate the impediment to some MLTs facing the prospect of returning to a one-year training program. The reduction in cost and time will be helpful to assure greater opportunities for MLTs to transition to CLS licensure. SB 334 has been sent to the Governor and we expect him to sign the bill.