[Histonet] Pathologists' Assistants now certified by ASCP
Charles.Embrey <@t> carle.com
Tue Oct 12 11:51:21 CDT 2004
I just wanted to update the histonet on the new affiliation between the
American Association of Pathologists' Assistants and the ASCP and BOR.
Pathologists' Assistant AAPA
Carle Clinic, Urbana Illinois.
For Immediate Release: Oct. 2, 2004
CHICAGO--The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) is
pleased to announce that the American Association of Pathologists'
Assistants (AAPA) will now be a participating member of the ASCP
Board of Registry (BOR) Board of Governors. On Oct. 2, 2004, a
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the ASCP BOR and the AAPA
was officially accepted and the two groups will begin offering the
only professional certification for pathologists' assistants. AAPA
Fellows are immediately eligible for ASCP certification. Beginning
Oct. 1, 2005, other qualified candidates will be able to take the
pathologists' assistant certification examination to become
Although the total number of individuals practicing as pathologists'
assistants is unknown, most are probably AAPA members, each of whom
had to pass a membership qualifying examination and meet strict
training and experience criteria before becoming Fellows. According
to Patricia Ellinger, MSEd, MT(ASCP)SBB, chair of the ASCP BOR Board
of Governors, "Current AAPA Fellows can obtain certification through
the BOR by submitting an application to the BOR between Oct. 1,
2004, and Dec. 31, 2005. After Dec. 31, 2005, all individuals
seeking certification will have to pass the BOR certification
examination to earn the credential. The certification will have
multiple routes, similar to other BOR certifications. Examination
applicants must be graduates of a pathologists' assistant
educational program accredited by the National Accrediting Agency
for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS) or be able to demonstrate
that they meet specific training and work experience requirements."
National certification for pathologists' assistants is the
realization of a long-held dream, explained AAPA member James W.
Moore, MHS, who worked closely with the ASCP BOR to develop the MOU
and establish the certification program. Until recently, he was the
acting executive director of the National Commission on
Certification of Pathologists' Assistants, a body initially
organized by the AAPA to identify and evaluate various options for
national certification. "In 1972 when the AAPA was formed, its
primary purpose was to establish and maintain appropriate
educational and professional standards for those working in the
field and to seek national recognition and certification for its
members," Moore said
"Pathologists' assistants are physician extenders much like
physicians' assistants," added AAPA Broad of Trustees Chair Thomas
L. Reilly, BHS. "They are extensively trained and educated to
provide complex anatomic pathology services under the supervision
and direction of licensed, board-certified pathologists. It is not
within their scope of practice to render a diagnosis," he
stressed. "That is the responsibility of the pathologist."
Ellinger expects the demand for pathologists' assistants to increase
over time. "If the patient population continues to grow as expected,
the need for laboratory services and pathologists' assistants will
too." Reilly agrees with this view. "We are producing fewer
pathologists than we used to, which is fueling the need for
pathologists' assistants," he said. "And, I expect national
certification to increase our visibility and possibly create
For more information or to find out how to apply for pathologists'
assistant certification contact the ASCP BOR by e-mail at
bor <@t> ascp.org or call 1-800-621-4142, extension 1139. Application
forms will be available after Oct. 15, 2004. As more information
becomes available it will be posted on our website at
www.ascp.org/bor, explained ASCP Senior Vice President and BOR
Executive Director Kory Ward-Cook, Ph.D., MT(ASCP), CAE.
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The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) is the largest
association of pathologists and laboratory professionals in the
world, with more than 140,000 members. ASCP is the leading provider
of continuing education for pathologists and medical technologists
and technicians, clinical scientists and other laboratory
professionals. The ASCP's Board of Registry continues to certify the
majority of the laboratory personnel working in the field and has
certified more than 392,000 laboratorians. The ASCP promotes the
health and safety of the public by enhancing the knowledge and
skills of pathologists and laboratory professionals. For more
information, visit the ASCP website at www.ascp.org. "America's
Health Depends on Its Laboratories."
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