RE: [Histonet] ASCP certification

From:Mark Turner

What about people who passed the HT practical exam but took the written exam and failed it before the new regulations went into effect? A person in our lab did this and is under the impression that she has 5 years to pass the written test to become certified, even though she doesn't have a degree. If there is no "grandfathering," is she incorrect in her assumption?

Mark Turner, HT(ASCP)

---- Lee & Peggy Wenk  wrote:
> 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:
> ault.aspx
> 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
> and/or teleconferences.
> 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
> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> [] On Behalf Of Webb,
> Dorothy L
> Sent: Monday, June 25, 2007 2:27 PM
> To:
> 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
> Phone: 651-254-2962
> Fax: 651-254-2741
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