Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1200-06-01-.05 - PROCEDURES FOR PERSONNEL LICENSURE

This section explains the procedures and requirements that are necessary for an applicant to become licensed.

(1) To perform the duties of a medical laboratory director, medical laboratory supervisor, medical laboratory technologist, medical laboratory technician, or special analyst, a person must possess a lawfully issued license from the Board.
(a) An application packet may be obtained from the Board's administrative office or from the Board's website at https://www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/health-professional-boards/medlab-board.html.
(b) Applications shall include all supporting documentation to be considered complete.
(c) It is the applicant's responsibility to request an official transcript from the registrar's office to be sent directly to the Board's administrative office. Transcripts shall be sent from all institutions attended. The transcript shall show that the degree has been conferred and carry the official seal of the institution. Internationally trained applicants must meet the requirements of Rule 1200-06-01-.05(2)(a).
(d) It is the applicant's responsibility to request proof that the laboratory training program from which the applicant graduated is accredited and from what agency. This must be submitted directly from the director of the training program, or a source acceptable to the Board, directly to the Board's administrative office. Applicants trained in the military shall present proof of training through official military documentation, most commonly DD214. Internationally trained applicants must meet the requirements of Rule 1200-0601-.05(2).
(e) It is the applicant's responsibility to request that proof of current national certification/qualification be submitted directly to the Board's administrative office from a certifying body that is acceptable to the Board. The national certification must be in the laboratory specialty in which licensure is being sought.
(f) It is the applicant's responsibility to request proof of clinical laboratory work experience from current and previous employers if required. The letter shall be on official letterhead and state the applicant's name, job title and/or description of duties, dates of employment, and the number of hours worked per week.
(g) Applications will be accepted throughout the year.
(h) An applicant shall respond truthfully and completely to every question or request for information in the application form. The application form shall be submitted with all required documentation and fees to the Board's administrative office. All application materials may be submitted online.
(i) An applicant shall submit with the application the nonrefundable application fee and the state regulatory fee as provided in Rule 1200-06-01-.06.
(j) An applicant shall submit with the application a "passport" type photograph taken within the preceding twelve (12) months.
(k) Personal resumes are not acceptable and will not be reviewed.
(l) An applicant shall disclose the circumstances surrounding any of the following:
1. Conviction of any crime in any country, state, or municipality, except for minor traffic violations.
2. The denial of licensure or the discipline of a licensee by any other state, country, or municipality.
3. Loss or restriction of licensure.
4. Any civil judgment or civil suit settlement in which the applicant was a party defendant including, without limitation, actions involving malpractice, breach of contract, antitrust activity, or any other civil action remedy recognized under that country's, state's, or municipality's statutory, common, or case law.
(m) The applicant shall cause to be submitted to the Board's administrative office directly from the vendor identified in the Board's licensure application materials, the result of a criminal background check.
(n) The burden is on the applicant to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that his course work and credentials are equivalent to the Board's requirements.
(o) Application review and licensure decisions shall be governed by Rule 1200-06-01-.07.
(p) Compliance with Rule 1200-06-01-.08 is a prerequisite to licensure.
(2) Internationally trained applicants.
(a) In addition to fulfilling the above requirements in paragraph (1), an internationally trained applicant shall also:
1. Have all educational credentials evaluated by a foreign evaluation company approved by the Board. The foreign evaluation company shall submit directly to the Board's administrative office the results of the evaluation. The evaluation must clearly indicate that the applicant's education is equivalent to that which is required for licensure of United States graduates at the level of licensure being sought. A list of approved foreign evaluation companies can be obtained from the Board's administrative office.
2. Submit to the Board's administrative office current documentation of legal entry and right to work in the United States if not a U.S. citizen.
(b) An internationally trained applicant who is a citizen of Mexico or Canada may apply as a professional under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) when all federal requirements have been met; and
1. The profession is on the NAFTA list; and
2. The applicant possesses the specific criteria for that profession; and
3. The prospective position requires someone in that professional capacity; and
4. The applicant is going to work for a U.S. employer.

Notes

Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1200-06-01-.05
Original rule filed May 3, 1995; effective July 17, 1995. Amendment filed September 11, 1996; effective November 25, 1996. Amendment filed March 4, 1998; effective May 20, 1998. Amendment filed August 25, 2003; effective November 8, 2003. Amendment filed March 14, 2006; effective May 28, 2006. Amendments filed January 13, 2022; effective 4/13/2022.

Authority: T.C.A. §§ 4-5-202, 4-5-204, 68-29-104, 68-29-105, 68-29-116, 68-29-117, 68-29-118, and 6829-127.

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