RE: [Histonet] certification

From:"Lee & Peggy Wenk"

Just clarification -

On-the-job (OJT) training for HT was NOT removed from the BOR certification.
It is still possible for people to take the ASCP BOR HT exam via the OJT

Previous to Jan. 2005, there were two (2) OJT routes.
- high school diploma + minimum 2 years full time OJT experience in
- associate degree (or minimum of 60 credit hours) with 12 credits minimum
in biology and chemistry + minimum 1 year full time OJT experience in

After Jan. 2005, the high school route was eliminated. The associate degree
OJT route is still available.

In addition, there is the route via a NAACLS-accredited histology program,
which can have prerequisit requirements anywhere from a high school diploma
through an associate degree.

Peggy A. Wenk, HTL(ASCP)SLS
William Beaumont Hospital
Royal Oak, MI 48073

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Bernice
Sent: Friday, June 01, 2007 8:29 AM
To: 'Bartlett, Jeanine (CDC/CCID/NCZVED)'; 'Jennifer MacDonald'; 'Emily
Subject: RE: [Histonet] certification

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 HTL.

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,
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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