[Histonet] RE: Histonet Digest, Vol 37, Issue 15
UND has been working with Mayo to set one up and has just had it's NAACLS
inspection. All didactic work is done online and combined with clinical
time in the lab that you're working in.
Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2006 10:44:39 -0500
From: "Lee & Peggy Wenk"
Subject: RE: [Histonet] Regarding HT exam & GrandFathering provision
To: "'Annabel L. Mazza'" ,
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The new requirements are either:
1. successful completion of a NAACLS accredited histotechnology program
(this can be high school graduate through associate degree) OR 2. associate
degree or minimum of 60 semester hours, with minimum of 12 hours of biology
and chemistry, AND 1 full-time on the job experience.
The following is the link to the HT exam requirements
This has been in effect for about 2 years. ASCP and NSH and state histology
newsletters had information about the change for at least 5 years pervious
to this. There is, and will be, NO grandfathering.
Two options for someone with a high school diploma and histology experience
to take the exam:
1. Earn the associate degree
2. Contact NAACLS 773-714-8880, and find out which histologic technician
programs are accredited for distance learning. I know Indiana University is
one that does teleconferences and I know people who have gone through that
program. I've also heard that Harford Community College in Maryland is
setting up one using the internet. I don't know anyone who has gone through
this. Both require that the participants are already working in a histology
laboratory, and that their lab will support them with time and resources to
do the slides, stains, study and that the exams. It does cost money, so be
certain to discuss this with the program officials. (NAACLS = National
Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences)
Peggy A. Wenk, HTL(ASCP)SLS
William Beaumont Hospital
Royal Oak, MI 48073
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