Re: [Histonet] Licensing

From:Rene J Buesa

  Getting a licensure backed by studies is the single most effective way of receiving the respect we all deserve.
  It is not just being able to work in a consistent way, it is the background required to do an effective work.
  In the UK all lab workers have to study at the bachelors level to be certified as a BMS = Bio Medical Scientist, divided into 3 categories according with experience.
It would be just wonderful if all working in histology would be able to understand many of the things routinely done every day.
  The sad thing is that this is not the case. It is not the same to play "by ear" than being able to read or write music. This does not make you a better player, but it surely helps.
  That is my honest opinion!
  René J.
"Jasper, Thomas G."  wrote:
  Would anyone be willing to share their opinion about licensing to do Histology? Up here in Minnesota they are kicking around something called the "Medical Laboratory Science Practice Act". Still in the very preliminary stages but the goal is to have it enacted by the legislature.
My understanding in a nutshell - Histotechnologists and Histotechnicians would be issued licenses based on degree held (Bachelors vs. Associates) and successful certification by the ASCP-BOR. There is no stipulation about HT/HTL in the draft I've seen, I'm assuming one or the other would suffice. License renewal would then occur every 3 years. The conditions for renewal are 12 hours of CE annually and a fee (of course) yet to be determined (and I'm sure subject to change/increase).
This act would apply to all Laboratorians, I've just mentioned the Histology stuff. I must admit I am somewhat leery about this whole thing mainly because the world these days is already buried in bureaucracy. I am however open to views on this topic. If I understand correctly Florida already has such legislation in place (for years). And New York was thinking about it or may have done it? Anyway, opinions appreciated.

Thomas Jasper HT (ASCP) BAS
Anatomic Pathology Supervisor
SMDC Clinical Laboratory
Duluth, MN

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