November/December 2017

 

ASCP and BOC Offices Close Dec. 25, 2017 through Jan. 1, 2018

The ASCP and Board of Certification offices will be closed for the holidays from Dec. 25, 2017, through Jan. 1, 2018. If you have any questions during this time, please review the ASCP BOC web site.

 

Examination Eligibility Verification (EEV) Report –Important Information for Holiday Break*

Please remember to check your email for announcements of Examination Eligibility Verification Reports to review over the holiday break. You may login to your account from anywhere in the world where you have access to the Internet. Your students will not be able to schedule appointments to take the examination until you sign off on these reports.

 

Reminder: 2018 Program Performance Report Invoice Payment Due Jan. 1, 2018*

Emails with a link to access the 2018 Program Performance Report (PPR) invoices were sent to all program directors of NAACLS, CAAHEP, and ABHES accredited/approved programs as well as 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.

 

Revised Examination Content Guidelines*

Examination Content Guidelines for examinations administered beginning Jan. 1, 2018, have been revised for the following categories:

  • Donor Phlebotomy (DPT)
  • Pathologists' Assistants (PA)

The DPT Content Guidelines are available on the right side of the screen.

The PA Content Guidelines are also available on the right side of the screen.

 

New Certifications Available for Specialist in Molecular Biology

Two new specialist certifications will be offered in molecular biology beginning Jan. 1, 2018:

Detailed eligibility requirements are now available on the website under the certification category, and applications are currently being accepted.

 

International ONELab Group

The ASCP BOC International Group is an online forum open to anyone interested in ASCP BOC international certifications. Medical laboratory students, professionals, program directors, and others are encouraged to interact with our knowledgeable volunteers and staff who have years of experience in advising international certification applicants. Whether it's MLS, MLT, CTgyn, MB, PBT, or any other of the BOC's international certifications, this group can answer your certification related questions. Click here to login and get started.

 

When Should Your Students Apply for Certification?

Students should complete the online application and submit their application fee when they are on track to complete the program by the official program end date. Applications should not be submitted more than six weeks prior to the date of program completion. If there will be a delay in completing the program for any reason, the student should not apply until they have an actual program end date. Application fees are non-refundable. Please review the Program Director's Guide to Certification for detailed information on all facets of the certification process. This booklet contains a handy planning calendar with application guidelines at the end to assist you.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

*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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Questions or Comments?
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.