2006 was the last year requiring both practical exams and written exams.
As of 2007, the HT and HTL exams are written exams only.
By the way, in case you haven't heard, the new requirements for HT exam is
an associate degree (or 60 semester hours) with a minimum of 12 semester
hours of biology and chemistry combined, and 1 year full time experience in
histotechnology under a pathologist.
For more information, go to:
The change to the associate degree was announced for over 5 years, and went
into effect Jan. 1, 2005. There is no "grandfathering" or alternate route
(except for going through a NAACLS HT program, which can be high school
diploma through associate degree).
If she wants help with learning the theory, or if she needs to go through a
NAACLS program due to not having an associate degree, there are some HT
NAACLS programs available (for a price) that allow the person to take the
NAACLS HT courses through the lab they are working at now, via internet
Go to the NAACLS web page:
Three programs that I am aware of: Maryland - Harford; Ohio - Columbus
State; Indiana - IU. I think one of the Florida schools was setting this up,
but I don't know where they are in the process (sorry, Florida).
Peggy A. Wenk, HT(ASCP)SLS
William Beaumont Hospital
Royal Oak, MI 48073
[mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Webb,
Sent: Monday, June 25, 2007 2:27 PM
Subject: [Histonet] ASCP certification
I have 3 histotechs that still need to achieve their ASCP certification.
Are there any practice exams out anywhere? One tech has been around for
15 years and is afraid she will not remember her theory enough to pass a
current exam. Thanks ahead of time!
Dorothy Webb, HT (ASCP)
Histology Technical Supervisor
Regions Hospital, Pathology Department
640 Jackson Street, Saint Paul, MN 55101-2595
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