Re: [Histonet] New Certification Procedure for HT in 2007?


Hey folks-
  I have heard of this change--they are including more chromes with poorly executed stains and tissue processing and asking troubleshooting questions to supplant the actual cutting and staining practical exam.  
  It was explained to me by one of the heads of an accredited HT/HTL school while we were talking about other things.  She didn't have the implimentation dates but the way it was explained-- it makes the HT/HTL exam more like the MLT/MT and CT exams (they don't have practical portions, either). She didn't mention the effects on those already in process for their exams.  I'll try to find out where she got her information from--the schools are 'front line' as far as changes go.
  I have a healthy skepticism regarding the changes--is it a boon or a bust? I suspect it will take several years to know for sure.
  Cheryl Kerry, HT(ASCP)
Full Staff Inc.
  Staffing the AP Lab by helping one tech at a time.
  281.852.9457 wrote:
  Hello Everyone:

I have just received word that a passing score on the Written/computer 
portion of the HT certification exam will become invalid at the end of this year; 
with a discontinuation of the practical portion of the exam in 2007. Are there 
new requirements for 2007?

If the practical was to be discontinued, I thought that would be big news, 
but I cannot find it anywhere on the ASCP/BOR web site(s).

For a little clarification, I picked this up from a co-worker: at the time he 
passed his exam, he was under the "five year" rule to qualify with the 
appropriate practical. Now, it is my understanding, that should he fail his 
practical this year, he will have to take a completely new written exam in 2007 and 

This hardly seems fair. I cannot get any information on this development; but 
I can imagine that he's not the only one getting squeezed on this.

Can anyone offer any info or advice? Should one just wait until 2007 to get 
this streamlined HT CERT? 


Please advise,

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