October 2017

New ASCP Web Site and Application Video for Your Students

Check out the new ASCP BOC web site, with all the information for each certification category located in one section. An informative video is included for your students to guide them through the application process.

Update from the Board of Governors Meeting

The Board of Certification Board of Governors met in Chicago on Sept. 9 and 10. The following actions were taken by the Board:

  • Revisions in eligibility requirements:
    • Technologist in Cytogenetics (Route 1) – the science and mathematics requirements were eliminated as these are
      NAACLS-accredited program prerequisites.

    • International Specialist in Cytometry (Routes 2 and 5) – the ASCP certification option was eliminated.

    • International Cytotechnologist (All routes) – minor clarifications were made in the requirements.

    • Specialist in Cytotechnology and International Specialist in Cytotechnology (Routes 1 and 2) – minor clarifications
      were made in the requirements.

    • Medical Laboratory Scientist (Routes 1, 2, 3, and 4) – the science and mathematics requirements were eliminated from Route 1 as these are NAACLS accredited program prerequisites. The mathematics requirements were eliminated from
      Routes 2, 3, and 4.

    • Technologist in Molecular Biology (Route 1) - the science and mathematics requirements were eliminated as these are NAACLS accredited program prerequisites.

    • International Technologist in Molecular Biology – minor clarifications were made in the requirements.

    • International Specialist in Molecular Biology - minor clarifications were made in the requirements.

    • International Specialist in Microbiology - minor clarifications were made in the requirements.

  • The revised eligibility requirements are available at: Eligibility Requirements. Click on "U.S. Certifications" or "International Certifications", and then click on the certification category.

  • The Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) requirements for Pathologists' Assistants, PA(ASCP) were revised to require 15 additional points specifically related to cancer cases and their staging, and one additional point in medical ethics is required for a total of 60 points. These revised requirements go into effect for new certificants beginning Jan. 1, 2019, and for current certificants whose certification expires beginning Jan. 1, 2019.
  • Due to the small number of applicants over the last 10 years, the Board approved a motion to sunset the Qualification in Laboratory Informatics (QLI) credential effective Dec. 31, 2017. Applications will be accepted until Nov. 1, 2017, and all work projects must be completed by March 1, 2018.


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.


New Certifications Offered January 2018

Two new certifications will be offered in January 2018: Specialist in Molecular Biology, SMB(ASCP), and International Specialist in Molecular Biology, SMB(ASCPi). Applications will be accepted for these two new certifications beginning Oct. 2, 2017. The first examination administration will be Jan. 2, 2018. Detailed eligibility requirements for these certifications are available at Eligibility Requirements. Click on "U.S. Certifications" or "International Certifications", and then click on the certification category.


Laboratory Student Scholarship Applications Now Available

Applications are now available for the American Proficiency Institute (API) Scholarship Program. The API program will award five scholarships totaling $10,000 to medical laboratory science students in 2017.

Scholarship applications are available at www.api-pt.com. Senior- and junior-level medical laboratory science students are encouraged to apply. Interested students should complete the application and submit it to their program director for a statement of support and signature. Program directors must submit the completed applications to API by Nov. 10, 2017.

Five winners of the $2,000 awards will be announced by Dec. 8, 2017.

The American Proficiency Institute is one of the largest proficiency testing providers in the world, serving over 20,000 laboratories. API offers innovative solutions and technical excellence for the proficiency testing needs of hospital and reference laboratories, physician offices, clinics, and point-of-care testing sites.


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.



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.


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.


User's Guide for Program Performance Reports*

Please see the User's Guide for Program Performance Reports for all the latest information on accessing and using the 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.




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.