[Histonet] Sally's Friday Fume

Liz Chlipala liz <@t> premierlab.com
Fri Jun 6 14:05:30 CDT 2008

Mary is right, I was a grader and also sat on the BOR for about 8 or so
years back in the late 80's and 90's.  There was always representation
on both the Board of Registry Histotechnology Exam Committee and within
the pool of individuals who were slide graders from VIR, both veterinary
pathologists, HT's or HTL's that worked in research. It has always been
a very balanced group of individuals consisting of techs, veterinary
pathologists and MD pathologists. At least when I was invloved. 

In my situation here, since this is my own lab and there is no medical
director or pathologist who could sign we needed to write a letter to
the BOR, that's what they told us to do at the time my tech sat for the
HTL and when the two of us took the IHC qualification, that was around
2002 or 2003 I think.  I'm just guessing but I think that the individual
who told you this info was misinformed not unless things have changed.
Is there anyone out there who is on the current BOR Histotechnology exam
committee comment?

I just reviewed the HTL requirements on line an here is what it states,
it looks like experience in any histopathology laboratory will do (am I
reading this correctly?) so I think that the person you spoke to at ASCP
was misinformed.

To be eligible for this examination category, an applicant must satisfy
the requirements of at least one of the following routes:

Route 1: Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited
college/university with a combination of 30 semester hours (45 quarter
hours) of biology and chemistry AND successful completion of a NAACLS
accredited Histotechnician or Histotechnology program within the last 5
years; or

Route 2: Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited
college/university with a combination of 30 semester hours (45 quarter
hours) of biology and chemistry AND one year full time acceptable
experience in a histopathology laboratory in the U.S., Canada or a
CAP/The Joint Commission (JCAHO)/AABB accredited laboratory within the
last ten years. This year of experience must be under the supervision of
a pathologist (certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic
Pathology) or an appropriately board certified medical scientist.

Clinical Laboratory Experience
To fulfill the experience requirement for the Histotechnologist
examination, you must have experience, within the last ten years, in the
following areas:




Elizabeth A. Chlipala, BS, HTL(ASCP)QIHC
Premier Laboratory, LLC
P.O. Box 18592
Boulder, CO 80308
phone (303) 682-3949
fax (303) 682-9060
liz <@t> premierlab.com

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-----Original Message-----
From: histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
[mailto:histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu] On Behalf Of
Gessford, Mary
Sent: Friday, June 06, 2008 12:33 PM
To: Breeden, Sara; histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Subject: RE: [Histonet] Sally's Friday Fume

I don't believe the rules have changed.  Unless they changed in the last
few weeks.

I just sent verification for one of my techs to take the HTL in the last
2 months and had no problems.  We are a large Pharma, our lab is all Vet
There are at least 21 Vet schools in the US and a State Diagnostic lab
in every State in the country.

My HT goes back to 1982 and my HTL and IHC are from the 2003 and 2005.
The VIR group of the NSH is a large group of Registered techs.

We have always been covered under the same ASCP.  There is no
distinction between human and animal. In fact, when grading the
practical (that was discontinued) in the last 10 years or so the ASCP
always had a vet path and histo tech from VIR on the grading committee.
I believe Liz was a grader.

You should call ASCP again and set them strait, maybe I will!

Mary Gessford BA,HT,HTL(ASCP)IHC
Scientist II Supervisor
Anatomic Pathology
Summit, NJ

-----Original Message-----
From: histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
[mailto:histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu] On Behalf Of Breeden,
Sent: Friday, June 06, 2008 12:28 PM
To: histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Subject: [Histonet] Sally's Friday Fume

Okay, I finally have something to Fume about. I am beginning to train a
person to become a certified histologist. She is a certified veterinary
tech with an Associates Degree and the appropriate number of
chemistry/biology hours. I inquired of ASCP about her eligibility (after
we finish the training period) to take the HT exam. According to ASCP,
as a vet diagnostic lab, we do not meet the ASCP requirements for
eligibility because we are not accredited by CAP, JCAHO/AABB and do not
have a board-certified (read "human") pathologist/medical scientist
(hmmm? Could one of our veterinary pathologists fulfill the description
of "medical scientist"??). Surely there are other persons working in a
veterinary pathology lab that would be interested in certification, one
would think. What are they to do? This frosts my petunias and I'd like
to know if anyone has any experience or input on this. But - hey! - some
of my fluids/solutions in gallon/liter containers seem to have been
improved so they don't drip, so maybe someone out there IS listening
(that was my first Friday Hour of Fuming subject).  Hasta lumbago.

Sally Breeden, HT(ASCP)

NM Dept. of Agriculture

Veterinary Diagnostic Services

PO Box 4700

Albuquerque, NM  87106


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