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Qualification in Apheresis (QIA)

  Qualification in Apheresis (QIA)

ASFA is pleased to offer a Qualification in Apheresis (QIA) in partnership with The Board of Certification (BOC) of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) as of January 2016!

Prove your competency in apheresis by taking the QIA exam! In order to add the letters QIA after your name, follow this link: https://www.ascp.org/content/board-of-certification/qualification

An eligible applicant does not have to be a member of ASFA or ASCP but must satisfy the requirements of at least one of the following routes:

  • ROUTE 1: RN, LPN, or LVN with U.S. state license, certificate, or diploma*, AND three years full-time acceptable experience in apheresis or five years part-time acceptable experience in apheresis within the last ten years.
  • ROUTE 2: Professional nurse diploma or equivalent received outside of the U.S.*, AND three years full-time acceptable experience in apheresis or five years part-time acceptable experience in apheresis within the last ten years.
  • ROUTE 3: ASCP or ASCPi certification in the following categories: MLS/MT, BB, SBB or MLT  AND three years of full-time acceptable experience in apheresis or five years part-time acceptable experience in apheresis within the last ten years.
  • ROUTE 4: Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university in the U.S. or an accredited/approved educational institution** outside of the U.S. with a combination of 24 semester hours (36 quarter hours) of biology and/or chemistry, AND three years of full-time acceptable experience in apheresis or five years part-time acceptable experience in apheresis within the last ten years.
  • ROUTE 5: Doctorate in medicine* or equivalent of a U.S. Doctorate in Medicine**, AND one year of acceptable experience as an apheresis physician within the last five years.
  • ROUTE 6: Doctorate in medicine* or equivalent of a U.S. Doctorate in Medicine**, AND documented training in a relevant accredited post graduate medical education program which includes apheresis (e.g., transfusion medicine, hematology/oncology, nephrology, clinical pathology).

* Applicants must submit a copy of their official certificate, diploma, or license. 

**Accredited/approved by a governing regulatory association or Ministry, or eligibility will be determined by transcript evaluation. The baccalaureate degree must be equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree. A doctorate in medicine must be equivalent to a U.S. doctorate in medicine. Applicants who are practicing physicians in the U.S. must submit a copy of their official state license to practice medicine.

For routes 1-4, experience must be documented within the time-frame required in at least one of the following apheresis areas:

  • Therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE) 
  • Red blood cell exchange 
  • Cellular depletions 
  • Selective adsorptions 
  • Extracorporeal photopheresis (ECP) 
  • Mononuclear cell collections (MNC) 
  • Hematopoietic progenitor cell collection (HPC)
  • Automated red blood cell collections (RBC)
  • Donor platelet collections
  • Donor plasma collections
  • Granulocyte collections 

For routes 5 and 6, experience/training must be documented in all of the following areas and must have completed been within the time-frame required:

  • Evaluating patients and/or donors for suitability to undergo apheresis procedures 
  • Writing orders for apheresis procedures 
  • Supervising apheresis procedures 
  • Evaluating and managing adverse events during apheresis procedures 

In order to apply, go to https://www.ascp.org/content/board-of-certification/qualification to complete the eligibility requirements and submit the application fee of $240.00.  

Once your application and eligibility documentation are approved by the BOC, you’ll receive an email admission notification containing an authorization number to the examination. 

The test is self-administered on your own computer (not tablet or iphone) at the date and time of your choice within the 60-day time-period indicated on your admission. 

It is essential to provide an accurate email address to ensure you receive communication regarding the status of your application. 

The examination consists of a 50-question multiple choice timed-test that must be completed in 90 minutes.  
The successful candidate will receive documentation of his/her qualification which is valid for 3 years.  Requalification may be obtained every 3 years with a $50 application fee and documentation of completion of 6 contact-hours of acceptable continuing education / other activities in apheresis.

 

 Resources
Qualification in Apheresis (QIA) Informational Webinar

 

 Qualification in Apheresis Working Group

  • Marisa B. Marques, MD, FASCP – Chair
  • Christina Anderson, RN, BSN, HP(ASCP) – Vice-chair
  • Christopher Chun, MT(ASCP)HP
  • Christine Fernandez, RN, MSN/Ed, OCN
  • Antonia Hagen-Coonradt
  • Wanda Koetz, RN, HP(ASCP)
  • Robert Weinstein, MD

For additional information, refer to the ASCP BOC website.