BOC Resources To Support Your Programs

The ASCP Board of Certification has developed an array of resources to support Program Directors and help their students become certificed laboratory professionals.   

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BOC Mission


The mission of the ASCP Board of Certification is to provide excellence in certification of laboratory professionals on behalf of patients worldwide.

 

BOC Vision Statement

To be the gold standard in global certification for all laboratory professionals. 

 

ANSI Accreditation

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) awards accreditation to personnel certification agencies that meet the International ISO Standard 17024.  The ASCP BOC is the only medical laboratory certification agency awarded accreditation by ANSI.  The ASCP BOC certification examinations under the Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) are accredited by ANSI.

Accreditation Agencies

Three accreditation agencies are recognized by the BOC for accreditation of educational programs in the medical laboratory sciences. If your program is new, you’ll need to apply for accreditation and/or approval by NAACLS, CAAHEP, or ABHES by submitting a formal application and fee to the appropriate accreditation agency.

NAACLS
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) is the recognized accreditation agency for the following programs:
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Histotechnician/Histotechnologist
  • Cytogenetics
  • Diagnostic Molecular Science (can sit for the Technologist in Molecular Biology exam)
  • Pathologists' Assistant

NAACLS also offers an approval process for the following programs:

  • Phlebotomy
  • Clinical Assistant (can sit for the Medical Laboratory Assistant exam)
CAAHEP
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) is the recognized agency for accreditation of the following programs:
  • Cytotechnologist
  • Specialist in Blood Banking
ABHES
Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) is the recognized agency for the following program:
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
 

Apply for Accreditation or Approval

NAACLS

When you have applied for accreditation/approval from NAACLS and program officials have submitted the formal application form, fee and the self-study to NAACLS, your program is granted "Serious Applicant Status." 

Students will not be permitted to take the BOC certification examination under a route requiring completion of a NAACLS accredited/approved program until the program has been granted “Serious Applicant Status.”

 

CAAHEP

Once a program has successfully completed a CAAHEP Request for Accreditation Services Form, a self-study document and an on-site review, your program is granted Initial Accreditation Status. According to the CAAHEP accreditation policy, "any student who completes a program that was accredited by CAAHEP at any time during his/her matriculation is deemed by CAAHEP to be a graduate of a CAAHEP-accredited program.

Students will not be permitted to take the BOC certification examination under a route requiring completion of a CAAHEP accredited program until the program has completed the accreditation process. 

 

ABHES

Successful completion of the accreditation process is required. Only those students who receive a certificate of completion dated after the date the ABHES Commission accredits the program are eligible under the accredited program route. 

 

Getting Started with the BOC

School Code Number

Your accreditation agency will notify the BOC once a program has reached Serious Applicant Status. Once the BOC has received official notification, the BOC will assign your program a school code. All accredited/approved programs who have received a school code will appear on the institution lookup feature of the online application. The school code is for your reference and ensures that students’ examination information will appear on your Examination Eligibility Verification (EEV) and Program Performance Reports (PPR).

 

Stay Ahead of Current Education Trends

The BOC provides Program Directors with many resources to support your endeavors and keep your students informed. 

 

BOC Newsletter

The BOC Newsletter is published twice a year and contains important information regarding certification activities including eligibility requirement changes, information on continuing maintenance, and updates on the work of the Board of Governors. 

Access the BOC Newsletter

eLinks

This electronic monthly/bimonthly news sheet keeps you current on BOC activities that affect you and your students. 

September 2017
July-August 2017
May-June 2017
April 2017

Program Directors Guide to Certification

For complete information, the Program Director's Guide to Certification is available.

View Guide

 

Join the ASCP ONELab Program Director’s Group

The BOC ONELab Program Director’s Group is an open group for directors of laboratory programs, as well as education and clinical coordinators, whose students seek BOC certification. This group is open to all ABHES, CAAHEP and NAACLS program directors, education coordinators and clinical coordinators. 

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Exams Offered

U.S. Certification Examinations Offered

The ASCP Board of Certification (BOC) offers certification examinations  in the United States as listed below. Once all program requirements are successfully completed, your students may apply to the BOC to take an examination. Please advise your students to research and  understand the specific eligibility requirements before applying for the exam.

Examinations Offered for U.S. Certifications

  • Technician Certifications
    • Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT)
    • Medical Laboratory Assistant (MLA)
    • Histotechnician (HT)
    • Phlebotomy Technician (PBT)
    • Donor Phlebotomy Technician (DPT)
  • Technologist/Scientist Certifications
    • Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS)
    • Technologist in Blood Banking (BB)
    • Technologist in Chemistry (C)
    • Technologist in Cytogenetics (CG)
    • Cytotechnologist (CT)
    • Technologist in Hematology (H)
    • Histotechnologist (HTL)
    • Technologist in Microbiology (M)
    • Technologist in Molecular Biology (MB)
  • Specialist Certifications
    • Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB)
    • Specialist in Chemistry (SC)
    • Specialist in Cytotechnology (SCT)
    • Specialist in Cytometry (SCYM)
    • Specialist in Hematology (SH)
    • Specialist in Microbiology (SM)
    • Specialist in Molecular Biology  (SMB)
  • Additional Certifications
    • Diplomate in Laboratory Management (DLM)
    • Pathologists' Assistant (PA)

Go to U.S. Certifications

Payment for Multiple Applications with One Check

If you wish to pay the application fee for multiple students with one check:

Each student will need to:

  1. Complete the online application process
  2. Print out the Pay by Check Invoice
  3. Give the invoice to their Program Director

As the Program Director, you will then need to:

  1. Collect each Pay by Check Invoice
  2. Submit one check and attach all Pay by Check Invoices
  3. Mail check and all forms to:

ASCP Board of Certification
3462 Eagle Way
Chicago, IL 60678
 

Please note that purchase orders are not accepted.

Military Certifications

Provided they are in good standing, active military personnel enrolled in Military Laboratory Specialist courses and in NAACLS/CAAHEP accredited training programs can apply for the appropriate BOC certification examination within the last three weeks of Phase II training.

 

Certification Examinations Offered

  • Cytotechnologist (CT)
  • Histotechnologist (HTL)
  • Medical Laboratory Assistant (MLA)
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS)
  • Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT)
  • Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB)

Important Information for Military Students

To learn more about scheduling an exam at a U.S. military base and other important information for military personnel, review information available in the Get Certified section of the website.

Military Exam Resources

Concerning Structured Phlebotomy Programs

If your formal structured phlebotomy training program is not NAACLS approved, you must submit training documentation forms to document that your students have completed all training requirements.

Documentation forms are available to download. Please complete the training documentation form, and include a letter on your school letterhead verifying that the form has been completed.

Download Training Documentation Form

Route 2 Training Documentation

International Certification Examinations Offered

In addition to maintaining high professional standards in the United States to ensure the highest level of patient safety, the BOC also recognizes the need for a global standard of excellence in laboratory practice. To that end the BOC has established an international certification credential (ASCPi) for laboratory professionals worldwide.

Examinations Offered for International Certifications

  • Technician Certifications
    • Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT)
    • Histotechnician (HT)
    • Phlebotomy Technician (PBT)
  • Technologist/Scientist Certifications
    • Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS)
    • Technologist in Blood Banking (BB)
    • Technologist in Chemistry (C)
    • Technologist in Cytogenetics (CG)
    • Científico de Laboratorio Médico Internacional (CLM)
    • Cytotechnologist (CT)
    • Technologist in Hematology (H)
    • Histotechnologist (HTL)
    • Technologist in Microbiology (M)
    • Technologist in Molecular Biology (MB)
  • Specialist Certifications
    • Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB)
    • Specialist in Chemistry (SC)
    • Specialist in Cytotechnology (SCT)
    • Specialist in Cytometry (SCYM)
    • Specialist in Hematology (SH)
    • Specialist in Microbiology (SM)
    • Specialist in Molecular Biology  (SMB)

Go to International Certifications

Payment for Multiple Applications with One Check

If you wish to pay the application fee for multiple students with one check:

Each student will need to:

  1. Complete the online application process
  2. Print out the Pay by Check Invoice
  3. Give the invoice to their Program Director

As the Program Director, you will then need to:

  1. Collect each Pay by Check Invoice
  2. Submit one check and attach all Pay by Check Invoices
  3. Mail check and all forms to:

ASCP Board of Certification
3462 Eagle Way
Chicago, IL 60678
 

Please note that purchase orders are not accepted.

Tools & Reports

Exam Eligibility Verification (EEV)

The Exam Eligibility Verification online tool makes tracking student's BOC examination eligibility easy for Program Directors of NAACLS, CAAHEP and ABHES accredited programs. As your students apply for the BOC examination, be able to clarify their successful program completion. Information is updated daily and it is important to verify students' eligibility as soon as possible.

Reviewing Student Names

The EEV Report should be reviewed carefully to identify any discrepancies to ensure that your students do not have any delays in taking their examination.    

  • If a particular student is not listed, follow the instructions to send an email to the BOC. 
  • If you do not recognize a student listed on your EEV report, follow the instructions to send an email to the BOC. Please do NOT mark the student as “Ineligible” as this will delete the student’s application.
  • If a student with a program completion date from previous years appears on your EEV report, please proceed with the standard review process. Students from programs accredited by NAACLS, CAAHEP and ABHES are eligible for examination for up to five years after program completion.   

Students Who Will Have Delayed Program Completion

  • Notify the BOC immediately about students with minimal delays (1-3 weeks) in completion of program or academic requirements.
  • You can also request a change of program end date on the EEV by emailing the BOC.
  • If a student needs to complete a required course, this is not considered a minimal delay.

Students Who Will Not Complete a Program

  • Notify the BOC immediately about any student on the report who is not expected to complete your program or degree requirements.
  • The student will be notified by email that he or she is ineligible.
  • Application fees are non-refundable.
  • If the student completes the required coursework at a later date, they must submit a new application and fee.

Accessing Your EEV Report

  1. Login to your ASCP account
  2. Find Exam Eligibility Verification under Management Tools.
  3. Click the top link to view pending exam eligibility requests.
  4. If you only see an option to view EEV archives, there are no pending requests.

Completing an EEV Report

  1. Review the new EEV report. You can log in any time to sign off on student eligibility. You will only get an  email notification if students have been sitting for up to a week.
  2. If a student is eligible and their program end date is accurate, select ELIGIBLE.
  3. If the program end date is incorrect, do not select anything from the dropdown menu.  Click on “Incorrect Date?” to provide appropriate information to the BOC.

Reports

  • Archived Reports list students in chronological order by program end date.
  • If an eligible student is not listed in any report, please verify that the student has submitted an online application.

Access EEV Reports

Program Performance Reports (PPR)

Your online PPR, updated daily, provides the most current information about your student's examination results. Scores will appear on the report 10 business days after your student's examination date. Program and national scaled score comparisons and subtest mean scaled scores are also available as part of your PPR.

Features of the PPR include the ability to search custom views:
  1. Date ranges can be customized to best suit your needs
  2. Information can be organized by students’ exam date or program end date

Program Performance Reports Are Available for:

  • Technologist in Cytogenetics (CG)
  • Cytotechnologist (CT)
  • Histotechnician (HT)
  • Histotechnologist (HTL)
  • Medical Laboratory Assistant  (MLA)
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS)
  • Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT)
  • Technologist in Molecular Biology (MB)
  • Pathologists' Assistant (PA)
  • Phlebotomy Technician (PBT)
  • Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB)

Updating Program Director Information

In order to maintain access to your Program Performance Reports, please contact kristen.blake@ascp.org to notify the BOC of any changes to the program including:

  1. Program Director
  2. Program Director name or email
  3. Program address
  4. Program status

Subscribe to the Program Performance Report (PPR)

  1. An email with a link to your PPR invoice will be sent in October for the following year.
  2. Login to your ASCP account to make an online payment.
  3. Payment by check can be mailed to the address listed on the invoice.
    1. Clearly note the Order Number on your check.
    2. Include a copy of your invoice with the check.
    3. Allow 10-13 days for processing.
  4. Purchase Orders are not accepted.
  5. If you do not receive an invoice by December 1st, please contact kristin.blake@ascp.org.

Accessing Your PPR

  1. Login to your ASCP account.
  2. Choose Program Performance Report under Management Tools.
  3. Choose Current or Prior Reports.
  4. Select Program and School.
  5. Customize date ranges.
  6. Click View Report.

How to Fix Common Access or Data Issues

For any other issues, including those listed below, contact kristin.blake@ascp.org.

  • Incorrect student information.
  • Access to program data prior to 2010.
  • Access to previous years' data for closed program.

Download the PPR User's Guide

For login issues, contact BOC Customer Service.


Contact BOC Customer Service

HT/HTL Program Notes


Approved Histotechnician (HT) programs have a special feature that allows students to pursue Histotechnologist (HTL) certification.

Under the eligibility routes for HTL certification, it is possible for an applicant to complete an HT program and be considered eligible for the HTL examination. Therefore, students who graduate from your program can take the HTL examination if they meet the academic requirement for HTL.

Managing HT and HTL Student Scores

If a student takes either the HT or HTL examination, you will be able to see both scores in a Program Performance Report. The fee for the Program Performance Report includes both examination scores.

Student Resources

The BOC provides a range of tools to support your students' efforts for achieving certification. Please click below to go to the Get Credentialed section of the website for further information.

View Student Resources

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