RE: [Histonet] ASCP certification

From:"Wiese, Jason VHAROS"

If she received a letter that said "... because you had all your
paperwork in before such-n-such date, then you have five years to
complete the test..."  then she has five years to complete the test.  I
have seen it a few times, and yes... if they give you five years, then
you get five years.  However, if she is making an assumption without the
letter, she might be mistaken.  When she got her results back, it
probably came with such a letter, and it wouldn't be the first I saw.


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Mark
Sent: Monday, June 25, 2007 4:03 PM
To: 'Webb, Dorothy L';;
Subject: RE: [Histonet] ASCP certification

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

Mark Turner, HT(ASCP)

---- Lee & Peggy Wenk  wrote:
> 2006 was the last year requiring both practical exams and written
> 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
> 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
> into effect Jan. 1, 2005. There is no "grandfathering" or alternate
> (except for going through a NAACLS HT program, which can be high
> 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
> NAACLS programs available (for a price) that allow the person to take
> NAACLS HT courses through the lab they are working at now, via
> 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
> Are there any practice exams out anywhere? One tech has been around
> 15 years and is afraid she will not remember her theory enough to pass
> 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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