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Public Health Laboratory Scientists

Public health laboratory scientists are also regulated by the Board.

Public health laboratories in Florida may only perform testing in clinical chemistry and microbiology, so licensure is limited to those two areas.

The table below outlines the various requirements for applicants to receive licensure for a public health laboratory.


Public Health Laboratory Requirements
  • Director
    • Fulfill the same requirements as a clinical laboratory director in Microbiology or Clinical Chemistry
  • Supervisor
    • Fulfill the same requirements as a clinical laboratory supervisor
  • Technologist (Microbiology)
    • Have a Bachelor's degree in one of the biological sciences
    • Obtain American Society for Microbiology or the National Registry in Microbiology Certification in Public Health Microbiology
  • Technologist (Chemistry)
    • Have a Bachelor's degree in one of the chemical, biological, or physical sciences
    • Obtain National Registry of Clinical Chemistry Certification in Public Health Chemistry
  • Technician
    • Have a Bachelor's degree in one of the chemical or biological sciences
    • Perform tests only under the direct supervision of a licensed pathologist, director, supervisor, or technologist.
    • Receives a conditional two-year license, which may be renewed only once


    A license from the Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel allows you to work in a public health laboratory at the level and specialty as listed above.