RE: [Histonet] Deadline for 2 yr OJT to become Histotech

From:"Chung, Luong"

What happen if they fail 5 times with the HTL route plus a BS degree?
They can't become a Histotech ever again?

Just a thought.

Bruce Chung
Anatomic Pathology Manager

-----Original Message-----
From: Lee & Peggy Wenk []
Sent: Friday, November 21, 2003 6:05 AM
To: Peggy Micciche;
Subject: Re: [Histonet] Deadline for 2 yr OJT to become Histotech

One (long) added comment to Peggy's and Frieda's comments.

A candidate must TAKE the HT exam before Jan. 2005. However, they do not
have to PASS the exam before that deadline.

When someone signs up to take the HT exam (or other ASCP certification
exams), they are given a 5 year time frame. Also, they have 5 times in which
to take the exam.

EXAMPLE: If the person takes the HT exam for the first time in April 2004
(second cycle), and does not pass it, and then tries again in Oct. 2004 (4th
cycle), and still does not pass it, they still have 3 more times to take and
pass the exam. Since they first took the exam in the 2nd cycle of 2004, they
would have 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 (just Jan -Mar 2009  = first cycle) in
which to pass in one of their last 3 tries.

Now remember, they have to pass both the written and practical exam. But not
necessarily at the same time.

EXAMPLE: If the person passes the practical on the first try, but not the
written, they just have to repeat the written. Their passing practical grade
is good for that 5 year period. Whenever they pass the written (say, the 3rd
time), the two passing scores are combined, and they have now passed the HT
certification exam.

If someone who qualifies through Route 3 (high school diploma + 2 years
OJT), but does not take the exam for the first time before Jan. 2005, they
can still go on and earn their associate degree with 20 hours
biology/chemistry, and then take the HT exam in the future via the associate
degree route (Route 2). Or, if they can get into a NAACLS-accredited HT
program, they can still take the HT exam in the future via that route (Route

However, if someone trying via the high school diploma route uses up all of
their 5 chances over the next 5 years, and then in the future earns their
associate degree with the required bio/chem, they would NOT be allowed to
retake the HT certification exam. A candidate is given a total of 5 times to
take a specific certification exam, regardless of how many different routes
through which they try. If, on the other hand, they could continue with
their education, earn their baccalaureate degree with 30 hours of bio/chem,
they can now take the HTL exam, and be given 5 new chances. They are now
taking a DIFFERENT certification exam.

Hope that helps.

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

----- Original Message -----
From: "Peggy Micciche" 
Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2003 11:44 AM
Subject: RE: [Histonet] Deadline for 2 yr OJT to become Histotech

> You must apply by July 1, 2004 to be eligible to take the exam via Route 3
> which will be discontinued as of Jan. 2005. Visit the ASCP-BOR site at
> for more information.
> Peggy Micciche
> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> []On Behalf Of
> Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2003 10:10 AM
> To:;
> Subject: Re: [Histonet] Deadline for 2 yr OJT to become Histotech
> I do not believe it is correct that you have until December 31, 2004 to
> up for the ASCP certifying exam.  Without an associate degree, you must
> exam for the first time before December 31, 2004.  This obviously means
> you must register for it much earlier.
> Freida Carson
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