Yes, the people who took the HT exam before the associate degree deadline
still have a total of 5 tries in 3 years, according to the ASCP Exam booklet
If they do not take all the 5 tries in the 3 year period (for example, tried
it just 3 times in the 3 year period, and still has 2 tries left), then
since they are under a new 3 year time period, the last 2 tries are under
the new routes, i.e., the associate degree or NAACLS graduate. Since the
last year that people could take the exam under this ruling was Dec. 31,
2004, they have until Dec. 2007 to complete their remaining tries under the
"old" route of high school diploma + 2 years OJT. If the high school route
person took their HT exam for the first time in, say, May 2004, then the 3
year time period has elapsed (May 2007), and they are now under the new
routes (associate degree or NAACLS graduate only).
I apologize for not clarifying my previous email, that it was for NEW
applicants to take the HT exam. They do not have a grandfather clause for
taking the exam with X number of years experience but no associate
Peggy A. Wenk, HTL(ASCP)SLS
William Beaumont Hospital
Royal Oak, MI 48073
From: Mark Turner [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, June 25, 2007 7:03 PM
To: 'Webb, Dorothy L'; email@example.com;
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 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
> histotechnology under a pathologist.
> For more information, go to:
> The change to the associate degree was announced for over 5 years, and
> 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
> 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
> 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
> [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Webb,
> Dorothy L
> Sent: Monday, June 25, 2007 2:27 PM
> To: Histonet@lists.utsouthwestern.edu
> 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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