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American Society for Apheresis (ASFA) Announces New Apheresis Practitioner Qualification (APQ)

Wednesday, December 03, 2014   (7 Comments)
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The American Society for Apheresis (ASFA) is thrilled to announce a new Apheresis Practitioner Qualification (APQ).

ASFA has partnered with the Board of Certification (BOC) of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) to establish a new Apheresis Practitioner Qualification (APQ). The ASCP BOC offers qualifications for specific skills in several technical areas of laboratory medicine and is pleased to add the Apheresis Practitioner Qualification to its portfolio of qualifications. Upon meeting specific educational and experience requirements, candidates will be eligible to complete an online examination and if successful gain recognition for their competency as an apheresis practitioner. The APQ will be appropriate for a broad range of apheresis professionals, including but not limited to, RN, MLS(ASCP), MT(ASCP), BB(ASCP), SBB(ASCP), individuals with a baccalaureate degree and/or doctor in medicine. Topics within the APQ will include apheresis quality assurance, vascular access, cellular therapy collection, donor procedures, therapeutic procedures, instrumentation, calculation of blood volume and procedural mathematics, transfusion of blood products, pharmacology and anticoagulation, and evidence based best practice of apheresis medicine. The APQ will standardize training and competency in the apheresis profession.

The Apheresis Practitioner Qualification Workgroup has recently been confirmed and will be working on development of the new APQ examination questions. ASFA expects that the APQ will be offered for the first time in late 2015. ASFA looks forward to the success of this new initiative!

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Comments...

Amanda Calderwood says...
Posted Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Any updates on if and when this training programme is going to be available to international delegates? Really excited about this!!!
Farzal Anwar says...
Posted Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Are there any hospitals / centers in US for apheresis training ? or it is always on-job training ?.
RAKESH SRIVASTAVA says...
Posted Thursday, January 29, 2015
Will there be a Text/Reference Book to help students and professionals alike and use for practice before the exams or any on line tutorials or study sessions? Any updates about the Fess structure for APQ activities for US and international professionals?
Patricia J. Kellen-Wales says...
Posted Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Will there be a study book to help us practice before the exam or any on line study sessions?
Virginia Greer RN says...
Posted Monday, December 22, 2014
Thank you! I am thrilled to see this notice. I have my HP, but I still have several nurses that could benefit from this APQ designation.
Antonia M. Hagen-Coonradt says...
Posted Monday, December 08, 2014
Andrea, I am happy to share with you that we are actively pursuing the possibilty of having our international delegates be able to take the exam as well. Stay tuned for more information to come
Andrea Frenk says...
Posted Monday, December 08, 2014
Maybe you can consider having an APQ for international asociates.