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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:
http://www.ascp.org/content/board-of-certification/qualification/step-1/qualification-in-apheresis-qia

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 3 years full-time acceptable experience in apheresis or 5 years part-time acceptable experience in apheresis within the last 10 years.
  • ROUTE 2: Professional nurse diploma or equivalent received outside of the U.S.*, AND 3 years full-time acceptable experience in apheresis or 5 years part-time acceptable experience in apheresis within the last 10 years. 
  • ROUTE 3: ASCP or ASCPi certification in the following categories: MLS/MT, BB, SBB or MLT AND 3 years of full-time acceptable experience in apheresis or 5 years part-time acceptable experience in apheresis within the last 10 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 3 years of full-time acceptable experience in apheresis or 5 years part-time acceptable experience in apheresis within the last 10 years. 
  • ROUTE 5: Doctorate in medicine or equivalent of a U.S. Doctorate in Medicine**, AND 1 year of acceptable experience as an apheresis physician within the last 5 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 notarized 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. 

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 http://www.ascp.org/Board-of-Certification/Qualification#tabs-3 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.

We are happy to announce that there will be a dedicated room in the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in Palm Springs where you can take the exam, providing you bring a laptop.  Please note that to be eligible to take the QIA exam at the ASFA meeting in early May, you should apply online at the beginning of February. Apply through ASCP as early as possible if you wish to take the exam at the ASFA Annual Meeting.

 Resources

Topic Outline

Reading List

Principles of Apheresis Technology Textbook, 5th Edition 

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
  • Patricia Fredrich, RN, BSN 
  • Antonia Hagen-Coonradt
  • Wanda Koetz, RN, HP(ASCP)
  • Robert Weinstein, MD

For additional information, refer to the ASCP BOC website.