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
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
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
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