ASCP BOC

May/June 2019

 
BOC 90

ASCP Board of Certification – BOC Credential Stories

As the ASCP Board of Certification (BOC) 90th anniversary comes to a close, there is much to remember and be proud of. Be sure to visit our website to read about some of the highlights and milestones that have taken place over the past 90 years. From the Committee on the Registration of Laboratory Technicians being formed in 1926 to the ASCP Board of Certification today, much more has changed than just the name. Currently the ASCP BOC offers 24 certifications and three qualifications, and boasts over 560,000 certificants from over 96 countries of education.

Where will the next 90 years take us? As the ASCP BOC continues to lead the way in providing a qualified medical laboratory workforce into the 21st century, we celebrate all who have dedicated themselves to the profession. Their contributions have set a high standard and excellent example for those who follow.

 

My BOC Credential Stories

As part of the remaining weeks of the BOC 90th anniversary celebration, the BOC will continue posting one certificant story each week through June 19th on the BOC Facebook page. These stories were originally submitted to us as part of the My BOC Credential Story Contest held last fall. The contest involved participants sharing stories on how earning their BOC credential impacted their lives.

The BOC received heartfelt, triumphant, and candid glimpses into the lives of laboratory professionals. As such, we hope you will check the BOC Facebook Page each week to read how earning a BOC credential has changed people's lives for the better.

Stories were also recently highlighted during Lab Week in April and are available here. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners' stories, and snippets from some of the additional stories the BOC received, were published in the February edition of the BOC Newsletter which can be found here: www.ascp.org/boc/newsletter.

 

Update from the April 2019 BOC Board of Governors Meeting

The ASCP BOC Board of Governors met on April 12 and 13 in Miami, Fla. The Board of Governors approved the title and eligibility requirements for a new qualification created in collaboration with the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER). The content outline and eligibility requirements for the new Qualification in Biorepository Science, QBRS, will be posted on the BOC website in early 2020.

 

Survey on Student Scheduling of Exams at PearsonVUE* - Summer 2019

While at the Clinical Laboratory Educator's Conference (CLEC) in Baltimore, there was some feedback that students were having difficulty scheduling their exam on their preferred date and/or at a preferred Pearson site. We take your input seriously and have been in conversations with PearsonVUE about this topic. Please be advised that the summer months are the highest volume for examinations for most fields. If examinees call immediately upon receiving their Admission Notification they should expect to schedule an exam date within 30 days of the beginning of their eligibility window. We are also creating a survey in order to best address this issue. Please be on the lookout for an email this summer, and help us gather data by completing the short survey.

 

BOC Examination Questions - Copyright and Ethics Violations

The ASCP BOC monitors the web and social media sites regularly for individuals or groups who claim to have questions from BOC examinations. These are sometimes called "recalls," "remembrances" or "brain dumps." Individuals with BOC certifications who contribute to these sites, or share examination items in any manner, are infringing on BOC's exclusive copyrights. They are in violation of the legal statements they agreed to when completing the online application and at the test site prior to taking the examination. If found to be in violation, certification will be revoked, and individuals will be barred permanently from taking any BOC examination. Please remind your students not to share information from the examination with anyone.

 

Wall Certificates on Social Media

Please inform your students not to post images of their wall certificates or ASCP BOC documentation on social media. While we appreciate their enthusiasm and pride in becoming certified, these images can be used by others to misrepresent themselves as being certified. To protect the integrity of ASCP BOC credentials and records, please share the following with your students:

  • Do not loan your wall certificate, score report, or ASCP Member ID card (if applicable) to anyone
  • Do not post a copy or image of your wall certificate, score report, or ASCP Member ID card (if applicable) on the internet or social media.

For complete information, please visit our website.

 

Applying for a BOC Certification Exam – How and When to Apply

Students should apply for an ASCP BOC certification exam no more than six weeks before program completion. Please make sure that your students know the correct date of their program completion (not necessarily the same as graduation date), as that is what they will need to enter in the online application. Applications are processed on a continual basis, and application processing time is up to 45 business days. Have students watch the application video, available here.

 

Exam Eligibility Verification (EEV)

Program directors can log in using their individual ASCP login at any time to view the current exam eligibility verification (EEV) report and sign off on the eligibility status of their students. Program directors are encouraged to wait to sign off on a student's eligibility on the EEV until they are sure students will successfully complete all components of the program by the date indicated.

Please note: If the program end date entered by the student is within a week after their actual program completion date, it does not need to be updated. Updating a program end date can add up to a week to the processing time of the application, so please be sure that your students are aware of their correct program end date.

Students' 90-day window in which to schedule their exam begins after program completion is verified through the EEV. There is a helpful timeline in the Program Director's Guide to Certification, pages 26-27.

If you have any questions regarding a student's examination eligibility, please contact us at PDInfo@ascp.org.

 

Official Transcripts*

If a degree is required to meet the eligibility requirements, please remind your students to request that an official college/university transcript be mailed to the ASCP BOC office. This official transcript is required before examination scores are made available. Students should allow at least 10 business days after the BOC office has received the transcript for their examination scores to be released. Please view additional information under "Official Transcript."

 

Educator Survey Results Available*

Results from the MLS educator and faculty surveys are now available in Lab Medicine online. The ASCP BOC Research & Development Committee surveyed university and hospital based MLS educators and faculty to gather information to support MLS educators in educating students and contributing to the future quality of medical laboratory science programs.

The Education Programs article describes and compares the characteristics and operations of MLS programs in university and hospital settings. Topics included staff education requirements, open positions, certification patterns, program length, clinical sites, and teaching strategies.

The Faculty article summarizes the characteristics of individuals who work in hospital and university settings. Issues related to demographics, education level, rank, certification, experience, responsibilities, and salaries are discussed.

 

2018 ASCP Vacancy Survey Report Available

The 2018 ASCP Vacancy Survey of Medical Laboratories Report has been officially released. The survey provides the most recent vacancy data within the nation's clinical laboratory workforce and serves as the primary source of information for academic, governmental, and industry labor analysts. For more information and to read the full article, click here.

 

Change in Program Director

Please be sure to notify the BOC office at PDInfo@ascp.org if there has been or will soon be a change in program director. Please also let us know if any of your program information changes such as email address, program status, name of institution, or mailing address. For program directors from international countries for ASCPi certification, please notify Angela Sreckovic at Angela.Sreckovic@ascp.org.

 

Program Directors Group on Facebook

If you haven't already, please join the ASCP BOC Program Director's Group on Facebook. The group is 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 many 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.

 

FYI -

Program Performance Report Access*

Program Performance Report (PPR) invoices for 2019 will need to be paid in order to access current data or data from previous years. Please log in to your account to ensure that you have access to the PPR data. If you have any difficulties or questions please contact us at PDInfo@ascp.org.

 

Access to Program Performance Reports (PPR) for Faculty*

If there is someone other than the Program Director who should also have access to the PPR information, please email PDInfo@ascp.org with the name of the institution, school code, and name and email address of individuals who should be added. Please note that the Program Director will remain the only person able to access the EEV (Exam Eligibility Verification) to verify students' completion of the program.

 

Important Information for Students in California and New York

Please ensure that your students become certified and complete the examination for licensure by applying for Certification and Licensure on the online application. If students apply for licensure only, they will be required to reapply for certification and take the certification examination. By applying for and taking the certification examination, their examination scores are acceptable for licensure in California and New York. All other state licensure requirements must be met to obtain state licensure. For additional information, see the CA and NY NAACLS student information form. For complete information, please visit our website: State Licensure.

 

Understanding ASCP BOC Certification Examinations

Brief explanations on a variety of topics related to the BOC certification examinations are available at Understanding ASCP BOC Certification Examinations.

 

Do You Have Students Missing From Your PPR or EEV Reports?*

When your students complete the online application, please remind them to use the drop-down list of programs to select the program they completed. Some schools have programs in multiple cities or states. Please advise your students to make sure they choose the correct program in the correct location. Students should not enter the name of the program manually as the school name will not be recognized, and these students' names will not appear on your PPR or EEV reports. If your program is not listed, please let us know immediately by contacting us at PDInfo@ascp.org.

 

Applicants Requesting Modifications Due to a Disability

If any of your students require a modification due to a disability, we request that your students notify our office in writing at the time of application. Complete information regarding documentation is available on the website.

 

Revised User's Guide for Program Performance Reports*

The revised User's Guide for Program Performance Reports (PPR's) is just one of the items that you can find on the BOC Program Director's section of the BOC website. Review it for the most current information on accessing and using the PPR's to your program's best advantage.

 

How to Locate Your Certification Number

If you need to locate your certification number, you may access it by logging into your record and clicking on "Home Page" under "My BOC Activities." Then click on the "View Certifications" link.

If you require primary source verification of your certification, this information is available at Verification of Certification. There is a $16 charge for this service.

 

*UNITED STATES ONLY

 

Board of Certification Contacts:

Please contact the following individuals if you have questions or concerns regarding:

U.S. application processing

Angela Nunn at Angela.Nunn@ascp.org

Program Director inquiries (U.S. only)

Kristin Blake at PDInfo@ascp.org

International certification

Angela Sreckovic at Angela.Sreckovic@ascp.org

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