[Histonet] Licensing

Jasper, Thomas G. TJasper <@t> smdc.org
Mon Nov 20 14:41:05 CST 2006

Would anyone be willing to share their opinion about licensing to do Histology?  Up here in Minnesota they are kicking around something called the "Medical Laboratory Science Practice Act".  Still in the very preliminary stages but the goal is to have it enacted by the legislature.
My understanding in a nutshell - Histotechnologists and Histotechnicians would be issued licenses based on degree held (Bachelors vs. Associates) and successful certification by the ASCP-BOR.  There is no stipulation about HT/HTL in the draft I've seen, I'm assuming one or the other would suffice.  License renewal would then occur every 3 years.  The conditions for renewal are 12 hours of CE annually and a fee (of course) yet to be determined (and I'm sure subject to change/increase).
This act would apply to all Laboratorians, I've just mentioned the Histology stuff.  I must admit I am somewhat leery about this whole thing mainly because the world these days is already buried in bureaucracy.  I am however open to views on this topic.  If I understand correctly Florida already has such legislation in place (for years).  And New York was thinking about it or may have done it?  Anyway, opinions appreciated.

Thomas Jasper HT (ASCP) BAS
Anatomic Pathology Supervisor
SMDC Clinical Laboratory
Duluth, MN
tjasper <@t> smdc.org

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