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.

With the ongoing health crisis, for information on how this might affect you, please see the ASCP BOC COVID-19 page.

 

Program Director Resources
Manage Your Students
Certification Information
Resources

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.

Fall 2020
Summer 2020
March-April 2020
January-February 2020
Special Edition 2019
November-December 2019
September-October 2019
July-August 2019
May-June 2019
March-April 2019
January-February 2019
December 2018
October-November 2018
September 2018

Online Education Resources Available

The ASCP BOC has compiled a list of educational resources from a number of different social media channels. These resources are being brought to US and Canadian Program Directors and Educators to help support programs and students during the transition to distance education. This material is for informational purposes only and does not constitute an endorsement by the ASCP Board of Certification. Check back often as this document will be updated as new information is made available.

If you have additions or corrections to this resource list, please contact us at PDInfo@ascp.org.

Program Directors Guide to Certification

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

View Guide

Join the ASCP BOC Program Directors Facebook Group

The ASCP BOC Program Directors Facebook group is a group 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 any 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.

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Volunteer on the Program Director’s Advisory Committee

The Program Director’s Advisory Group (PDAC) manages the Program Director’s Facebook group and helps ensure that pertinent BOC information is shared with Program Directors, education and clinical coordinators, and faculty. PDAC is made up of 1 or 2 representatives from all types of laboratory programs. As vacancies occur, volunteers with appropriate characteristics are sought to complement the existing composition and ensure a diverse membership. Complete the online volunteer application below to be considered for this group.

Volunteer

Tools & Reports

Exam Eligibility Verification (EEV)

The Exam Eligibility Verification Report (EEV) is a tool for Program Directors of NAACLS, CAAHEP and ABHES accredited/approved programs. The EEV provides an up-to-date listing of students whose applications have been processed and are awaiting verification of their eligibility to sit for the exam. You will be required to verify their successful completion of all components of your program before they can schedule their examination date.

You will receive an initial email notification each time a student’s application has been processed. Reminder emails are sent every Sunday if you have students that are still awaiting verification. These emails will prompt you to sign into your ASCP account to review the EEV report. Please note that you can log in at any time to sign off on student eligibility.

You are encouraged to wait to sign off on a student’s eligibility until you are sure that they will complete all requirements of the program by the date indicated. A students’ eligibility window in which to schedule their exam begins after their program completion is verified through the EEV. If applying before their program is complete, your students’ eligibility window will begin a day after the program completion date verified on the EEV.

Accessing Your EEV Report

  1. Login to your ASCP account.
  2. Under “Management Tools” choose “Exam Eligibility Verification”.
  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

Applications are processed individually, not as school groups; therefore, all of your students may not appear on the EEV at the same time.

REVIEW THE EEV REPORT FOR EACH STUDENT FOR ACCURACY:

  • student’s full name
  • certification category
  • date of program completion

IF ALL INFORMATION IS ACCURATE, SELECT “ELIGIBLE”.
FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS TO SEND AN EMAIL TO THE ASCP BOC IF:

  • a particular student is not listed.
  • you do not recognize a student listed.

IMPORTANT: Do not mark the student as “Ineligible” as this will delete the student’s application.

IF YOU SEE A STUDENT’S NAME FROM A PREVIOUS CLASS on your EEV, proceed with the standard review process. Students from accredited/approved programs are eligible for examination for up to five years after program completion.

Program Completion vs. Graduation Date

Before your students apply, please ensure that they know the date of your program’s completion as this may not be the same as their actual graduation date. Students should enter their program completion date on the online application.

Incorrect Program End Date

If the program end date is incorrect, do not select anything from the dropdown menu. Click on “Incorrect Date?” to send an email with the correct information to the ASCP BOC.

  • If the program end date entered by the student is up to one week after their actual end date, do not request that it be changed.
  • If you have submitted a change in program completion date to the ASCP BOC, allow up to 5 business days for the change to be made.

You will need to log back in to the EEV to verify the corrected date. Please note that you will not receive an email to alert you when the program end date has been updated by ASCP BOC staff.

Students Who Will Not Complete a Program

  • Notify the ASCP BOC immediately about any student on the EEV who will not complete your program or degree requirements by the date indicated.
  • If you have already submitted the EEV, please reach out to the ASCP BOC at PDinfo@ascp.org as soon as possible.
  • The student will be notified by email that he or she is ineligible.
  • If the student completes the required coursework at a later date, they must submit a new application and application fee.

EEV Archive

  • Archived Reports list students in chronological order by program end date.

Access EEV Reports

Program Performance Reports (PPR)

The Program Performance Report (PPR) is an optional paid service that allows you to view and download your students’ certification examination scores. Scores will appear on the report 10 business days after your student’s examination date. You can also access program and national scaled score comparisons and subtest mean scaled scores, as well as archives of reports.

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)
Accessing Your PPR

You will not have access to any PPR data unless the current year’s invoice has been paid. If you have not paid your annual subscription fee, you will see a “View PPR Invoice Order” link under the “Management Tools” section of your dashboard. If you do not see this link when you log in, then your invoice has been paid and fully processed.

To access your PPR:

  1. Login to your ASCP account
  2. Choose “Program Performance Report” under “Management Tools”
  3. Choose current or prior reports (2016 – current OR 2010 – 2016)
  4. Select Program and School
  5. Customize date ranges.
  6. Click “View Report”
PPR Features

If you are a Program Director of multiple programs, you will first choose the program for which you want to see data. Next, choose from one of the two links:

  • 2010 – 2016 Program Performance Report (PPR)
    • Data is provided in static six month and annual cycles
    • Data is organized by exam date
  • 2016 – current Program Performance Report (PPR)
    • Choose your date range from Jan 1, 2016 – current
    • Choose to see results by exam date or program end date
      • If you search by Program End Date, you will only see your specific program’s information; national information will not be provided.
Paying For The PPR

The Program Performance Report is an annual subscription service. By paying the current year’s invoice, access is provided to all current and previous PPR data for the full calendar year. Program Directors will receive an email notification with a link to their PPR invoice(s) each fall for the following year. If you oversee multiple programs, you will have multiple invoices. If you do not receive an email notification by November 15th, login to your ASCP account to view your invoice. If you are unable to access your invoice online, need a PDF copy of your invoice, or need the invoice sent to someone other than the Program Director, please contact us at PDInfo@ascp.org.

Please do not fax payments or submit purchase orders to the ASCP BOC. We accept payments made by check or credit card. Please ensure that you include the order number along with your payment to expedite the process and to ensure the payment is appropriately allocated. If paying by check it will take 10 – 13 business days after the check is mailed for it to be fully processed and for you to have access to your PPR. If paying by credit card, which can be done online, the payment should process overnight. For additional payment instructions, please see page 31 of the Program Director’s Guide to Certification.

PPR Access

In order to maintain access to your Program Performance Reports, please contact PDInfo@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

If there is a faculty member, an Education Coordinator, or someone else who should also have access to the PPR information, please email PDInfo@ascp.org with the following:

  • name of the institution
  • category of program and six-digit school code (MLS-123456)
  • name and email address of individuals who should have access

Please note that the Program Director will remain the only person able to access the Exam Eligibility Verification (EEV) to verify students’ completion of the program and the annual PPR invoice.

Common Access or Data Issues

For any issues, including those listed below, please contact PDInfo@ascp.org. All inquiries will receive a response in 3 – 5 business days.

  • Incorrect student information, including if a student is not listed or you do not recognize a student’s name. It is important to note that students have the right to request their exam score not be released. If that is the case, the student’s individual scores will not be listed on your PPR. However, their scores will be included in your overall program information.
  • Access to program data prior to 2010. Include your program type, school code, and the date range of the data requested. If you have paid for the current PPR invoice you will receive a PDF of the requested information.
  • Access to previous years' data for programs that have closed. Please include a brief explanation and include your program type, school code, and the date range of the data requested.

For login issues, contact BOC Customer Service.

Contact BOC Customer Service

Sharing PPR Information

The PPR is meant for use by Program Directors and Program Administrators only; specific data from the PPR is not to be shared with the public. The information contained in the PPR should be handled in a confidential manner which respects the rights of the individual whose scores are reported. For detailed information about what data you can and cannot share, please see page 33 of the Program Director’s Guide to Certification.

Sharing scores with students

The ASCP BOC provides subtest scores to Program Directors to help them get an overall sense of how their students are doing by discipline. Students who have failed the exam are given subtest scores in order to help them focus their studying. Subtest scores are not provided to students who passed the exam because it does not serve a useful purpose, and we ask that you do not share this level of information with them.

In many Board exams, no scores are given; candidates receive only a statement of Pass or Fail. The goal of a certification program is to identify individuals who achieve the predetermined level of competency. The purpose of ASCP BOC certification exams is not for individuals to compare or rank themselves or their program.

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

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

Practice Exams

*NEW* BOC Interactive Practice Exam – MLT and MLS

Versatile and extremely valuable, the BOC Interactive Practice Exam enables the user to build custom quizzes and timed practice tests based on topics, difficulty and more, pulling from a library of nearly 2,500 study questions built by ASCP. You can even compare question-level results to see how your peers are answering.

Highlights include:

  • Nearly 2,500 questions (same as the BOC Study Guide!)
  • User can build their own quiz or timed practice exam, choosing questions based on:
    • Subject area
    • Difficulty level – Based on data from other users
  • Practice Exam allows user to set a time limit to simulate a real exam scenario
  • MLT-only filter can be applied for those studying for MLT Exam
  • Mobile friendly – Access anywhere on desktop or mobile
  • Commentary and references can be turned on or off for different study styles

MLT and MLS Educators: You can purchase the interactive practice exams for your students and get access to advanced reporting features, including comparative data across program averages.* Click here for program-level ordering information.

*Peer comparison and question difficulty features will be made available once a minimum participant threshold has been met.

Purchase ASCP BOC Interactive
MLT/MLS Practice Exam

Additional Online Practice Tests are available for the following categories: CT, PBT, MLT, MLS, HT, HTL, and SC. Purchase includes a 90-day subscription to a package of five to seven tests consisting of 50 unique multiple choice questions.

  • Save 20% when you order 10 or more practice tests.
  • To pay by check, please use Order Form.
  • For technical support and billing inquiries regarding online practice tests, please contact Internet Testing Systems (ITS) at 1-800-514-8493 or email at support@testsys.com
  • Click here for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) about computer/internet requirements and online access

Purchase Practice Tests

Exams Offered

The ASCP BOC is committed to maintaining high professional standards in the United States to ensure the highest level of patient safety, as well as recognizing the need for a global standard of excellence in laboratory practice.

Certification Examinations Offered

The ASCP Board of Certification (BOC) offers 23 certifications to candidates whose education, training, and/or experience is from the United States. 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.

Go to U.S. Certifications

The ASCP BOC also offers 21 certifications to eligible candidates whose education, training, and/or experience is from outside of the U.S. The international certification credential (ASCPi) is for laboratory professionals worldwide. Please advise your students to research and understand the specific eligibility requirements before applying for the exam.

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
    Applications need to be submitted online within 30 days after being started. Check payments must be received and processed within 30 days of the online submission.
  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
    Check payments will need to be mailed, with the invoice(s), to the address below within 30 days of the application(s) being started. Check payments must be received and processed within 30 days of the online submission.
  3. Mail check and all invoices to:

ASCP Board of Certification
3462 Eagle Way
Chicago, IL 60678

Please note that purchase orders are not accepted.

Please do not send documentation forms with payment. For complete information, including where to mail all required documentation forms, please see Submit Documentation.

Military Certifications

Provided they are in good standing, active military personnel enrolled in military laboratory specialist courses and in NAACLS, CAAHEP, or ABHES accredited/approved training programs can sit for the appropriate ASCP BOC certification examination within the last three weeks of Phase II training.

Certification Examinations Offered

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

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.