January/February 2019

BOC 90

ASCP Board of Certification – BOC Credential Stories

As part of its 90th Anniversary Celebration the BOC held a contest through the BOC Facebook page inviting all BOC certificants to share their BOC credential stories. The contest asked participants to submit stories on how earning their credential impacted their lives. The response the BOC received was immense, with over 85 entries, and the BOC would like to thank all of those who participated and shared their stories! The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners' stories, including snippets from some of the additional stories that the BOC received, will be published in the next edition of the BOC Newsletter which will be sent via email on February 19th. Previous editions of the BOC Newsletter can be found here:


Clinical Laboratory Educator's Conference (CLEC)*

The 2019 conference will be held on Feb. 21-23 in Baltimore. We look forward to providing you with an update on the ASCP Board of Certification activities, and meeting with you at the booth. The revised Program Director's Guide to Certification will be available at the booth.


Updated Program Director's Guide to Certification

An updated Program Director's Guide to Certification will be published in February 2019. The eBook will be available online, and printed copies will be distributed at the CLEC meeting. Be sure to review this latest edition for any changes.


Revised Publications Available Online in February 2019

Go to to find the most current publications.

  • January 2019 U.S. Procedures for Examination and Certification
  • January 2019 International Procedures for Examination and Certification
  • U.S. Procedures for Qualification
  • Annual Exam Statistics


Program Directors Group on Facebook

If you haven't already, please join the ASCP BOC Program Director's Group on Facebook. The group is for directors of NAACLS, CAAHEP, and ABHES-accredited or approved laboratory programs, as well as education and clinical coordinators and faculty, whose students seek BOC certification. This peer-based group can answer many of your certification-related questions. Supported by volunteers with several years of program experience, the group aims to become the program director's resource for information and support.


BOC Facebook Page

In addition to the Program Director's Group, the ASCP BOC also has a Facebook page. You can follow the page to see what is happening in the BOC:


Reminder: 2019 Program Performance Report Payment Due*

All program directors of NAACLS, CAAHEP, and ABHES-accredited/approved programs, as well as BOC recognized structured phlebotomy training programs, received an email with a link to your 2019 PPR invoice in late October. The invoice amount is $150 and covers the period of Jan. 1, 2019, through Dec. 31, 2019. You can access the invoice through your ASCP account under "View Invoice"; payment instructions are included on the invoice.

Please note that you will need to pay the invoice by Jan. 1, 2019, to access data for previous years. If you believe your invoice has been paid, please log in to your account to ensure that you have access to the PPR data. If you have any difficulties or questions, please contact us at


MLS and MLT Practice Analyses Results

The results of the latest Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) and Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Practice Analyses are now available on the BOC website: MLT & MLS Practice Analysis Report


MLS and MLT Revised Examination Content Guidelines Now Available

Examination Content Guidelines for MLS and MLT examinations administered beginning Jan. 1, 2019, have been revised. The revised content guidelines are currently available on the BOC web page under Applicant Resources for each category.


Access to Program Performance Reports (PPR) for Faculty*

We have listened to your feedback and are now able to add multiple users from an institution to access PPR data for your program. If there is someone other than the Program Director who should also have access to the PPR information, please email with the name of the institution, school code, and name and email address of individuals who should be added. Please note that the Program Director will remain the only person able to access the EEV (Exam Eligibility Verification) to verify students' completion of the program.


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 For program directors from international countries for ASCPi certification, please notify Angela Sreckovic at


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. For complete information, please visit our website: State Licensure.


BOC Examination – Copyright Violations

The ASCP Board of Certification (BOC) monitors the web regularly for copyright violations on web sites that purport to have questions from BOC examinations. Individuals with ASCP BOC certifications who contribute to these sites or share examination items in any manner are in violation of the pledges they sign on the application form and on site prior to taking the examination. Certification will be revoked, and individuals will be barred permanently from taking any BOC examination by violating these pledges. Please remind your students not to share information from the examination with anyone.



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 us at


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.


Revised User's Guide for Program Performance Reports*

The revised User's Guide for Program Performance Reports (PPR's) is just one of the items that you can find on the BOC Program Director's section of the BOC website. Review it for the most current information on accessing and using the PPR's to your program's best advantage.


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

Angie Nunn at

Program Director inquiries (U.S. only)

Kristin Blake at

International certification

Angela Sreckovic at

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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 We look forward to hearing from you.