Re: [Histonet] Licensing

We've been doing it that way for years in Florida.  Every professional position in the lab from technician to supervisor to cytotech, all have different levels of education and certification.  We renew every 2 years and must maintain continuing education.
Roxanne Soto HT(ASCP)QIHC
Lab Manager
Physicians RightPath
Tampa, Florida 
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Sent: Mon, 20 Nov 2006 3:41 PM
Subject: [Histonet] Licensing

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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