September 2017

Watch for 2018 Program Performance Report Invoices on Oct. 10 *

Emails with a link to access the 2018 Program Performance Report (PPR) invoices will be sent to all program directors of NAACLS, CAAHEP, and ABHES accredited/approved programs as well BOC approved structured phlebotomy training programs on Oct. 10, 2017. The invoice amount is $150 and covers the period of Jan. 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2018. Payment instructions are included on the invoice.

Please note that you will need to pay the invoice by Jan. 1, 2018 to access data for previous years. If you have any questions, please contact Kristin Blake at kristin.blake@ascp.org

 

July 2017 International Procedures for Examination and Certification Now Available Online

The newly revised July 2017 International Procedures for Examination and Certification may be downloaded at International Certification.

 

Specialist in Cytometry, SCYM(ASCP) and International Specialist in Cytometry, SCYM(ASCPi) Certifications

As previously announced, the Specialist in Cytometry examination will be offered beginning Oct. 1, 2017. For complete information, visit the BOC website under U.S. Certification.

 

Copyright Infringement on ASCP BOC Examination Content

As you are aware, ASCP Board of Certification examinations are protected by copyright law. When your students apply for certification, they agree to adhere to the following statement stating, in part:

"I understand that this examination and all test questions are the exclusive property of the Board of Certification and are protected by copyright law. Because of the confidential nature of these copyright materials, I agree not to retain, copy, disclose or reveal any part of these examination materials . . ."

Be aware that students who reveal specific information on the examination, such as recalling examination questions and responses, to their peers and instructors are committing copyright infringement. This could result in serious consequences such as revocation of certification and being permanently barred from ASCP certification in the future. Please inform your students not to share information regarding examination questions or answer options to anyone.

 

Examination Eligibility Verification (EEV) Report –Important Information for Reviewing Student Information

Please review the EEV Report for each of your students to be sure the following information is accurate: student's full name, certification category, and date of program completion. If there is any question regarding the information provided, please follow the instructions on the report to transmit the corrected information to our office. Any revisions to the information, such as correction of a program end date or comments, should be submitted by separate email. Corrections indicated in the comment field will automatically result in a change in the student's eligibility status and they will be deleted from the examination.

 

Important - Program Changes

Please be sure to notify the BOC office if any of your program information changes, such as your email address, program status, program director, or mailing address. Please notify Kristin Blake at kristin.blake@ascp.org. For program directors from international countries for ASCPi certification, please notify Angela Sreckovic at Angela.Sreckovic@ascp.org.

 

Important Information for Students in California and New York

Please ensure that your students become certified and complete the examination for licensure by applying for Certification and Licensure on the online application. If students apply for licensure only, they will be required to reapply for certification and take the certification examination. By applying for and taking the certification examination, their examination scores are acceptable for licensure in California and New York. All other state licensure requirements must be met to obtain state licensure. For additional information, see the CA and NY NAACLS student information form.

 

FYI -

Understanding ASCP BOC Certification Examinations

Brief explanations on a variety of topics related to the BOC certification examinations are available at Understanding ASCP BOC Certification Examinations.

 

Examination Content Guidelines and Reading Lists

Exam content guidelines and reading lists are available for exam preparation in all ASCP BOC certification categories. Please encourage your students to use these resources, available at Exam Content Guidelines and Reading Lists.

 

Do You Have Students Missing From Your PPR or EEV Reports?*

When your students complete the online application, please remind them to use the drop-down list of programs to select the program they completed. When students enter the name manually, the school is not recognized, and these students' names will not appear on your PPR or EEV reports. If your program is not listed, please let us know immediately by contacting Kristin Blake at kristin.blake@ascp.org.

 

Determining Your Students' Examination Eligibility and Transcripts*

For information on determining your students' eligibility and transcript requirements, details on these topics are provided at Students' Eligibility and Transcript Requirements.

 

Applicants Requesting Modifications Due to a Disability

If any of your students require a modification due to a disability, we request that your students notify our office in writing at the time of application. Complete information regarding documentation is available on the website.

 

Updated 2017 User's Guide for Program Performance Reports*

Please see the complete revised 2017 User's Guide for Program Performance Reports for all the latest information on accessing and using the 2017 PPRs to your program's best advantage.

 

Users' Guide for BOC Program Directors Group on ONELab

The BOC Program Directors Group is an open group for directors of laboratory programs, as well as education coordinators and clinical coordinators, whose students seek BOC certification. You can join here. A Users' Guide is provided to assist you in posting questions, answers, comments, etc. to the group.

 

How to Locate Your Certification Number

If you need to locate your certification number, you may access it by logging into your record and clicking on "Home Page" under "My BOC Activities." Then click on the "View Certifications" link.

If you require primary source verification of your certification, this information is available at Verification of Certification. There is a $16 charge for this service.

 

BOC Web pages

A list of BOC Web Address Shortcuts is available to assist you in getting directly to the information you need.

*UNITED STATES ONLY

Board of Certification Contacts:

Please contact the following individuals if you have questions or concerns regarding:

U.S. application processing

Renee Allegrucci at 312.541.4941

Wall Certificates/Credential Maintenance

Julie Mueller at 312.541.4940

Program Performance Reports (PPR) and
Examination Eligibility Verification (EEV)
login issues (U.S. only)

Kristin Blake at 312.541.4949

International certification

Angela Sreckovic at angela.sreckovic@ascp.org

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If you have any questions or comments on the information contained in this issue, please email us at Geraldine.Piskorski@ascp.org. We look forward to hearing from you.