RE: [Histonet] certification

From:"Bernice Frederick"

Just remember as of January 2005 the on-the-job training for HT was
removed from BOR certification pathway. I don't know of anyone bestowed
a title just by education (fortunately) I do have issues with
uncertified people doing histo with no knowledge of what they are
actually doing and belittling the fact that I made an effort to get my

Bernice Frederick HTL (ASCP)
Northwestern University
Pathology Core Facility
710 N Fairbanks Court
Olson 8-421
Chicago,IL 60611

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of
Bartlett, Jeanine (CDC/CCID/NCZVED)
Sent: Friday, June 01, 2007 4:45 AM
To: Jennifer MacDonald; Emily Sours
Subject: RE: [Histonet] certification


While Jennifer is absolutely correct I must mention one issue.  I know
of hospital labs that give their techs the title of HT or HTL based on
education (degree vs. non-degree) BUT requires no ASCP examination.
Basically, some hospitals simply bestow the title of HTL is you have a
Bachelor's and get trained on the job.  If you do not have the degree
but they train you they give you the title of HT. So unless you see ASCP
after that HT or HTL, it may not mean what you think it does. 

Jeanine Bartlett, BS, HT(ASCP)QIHC
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Infectious Diseases Pathology Branch
1600 Clifton Road, MS/G-32
Atlanta, GA  30333
(404) 639-3590

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Jennifer
Sent: Friday, June 01, 2007 2:08 AM
To: Emily Sours
Subject: Re: [Histonet] certification

The ASCP (American Society for Clinical Pathology) certifies laboratory
personnel.  This is a national certification, recognized by all states,
although there are some states that require a license in addition.  In 
order to become certified you are required to take an exam.   To be 
eligible for the HT certification examination, you must have an AS
degree and one year of experience in a histology laboratory or graduate
from a NAACLS accredited program.  For the HTL level certification a BS
degree is required and one year experience, or the BS degree and
graduation from a NAACLS accredited program. Visit and go
to the Board of 
Registry (BOR) area   Should you have any other questions please feel
to contact me.

Jennifer MacDonald
Director, Histotechnician Training Program Mt. San Antonio College 1100
N. Grand Ave.
Walnut, CA 91789
(909) 594-5611 ext. 4884

"Emily Sours" 
Sent by:
05/31/2007 10:07 PM


[Histonet] certification

What exactly makes one a certified HT or HTL tech? Does this vary by
state? I've never heard of it and googling it isn't helping.

(my apologies to Greg Luck for the multiple emails!) Emily
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