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u Professional. u Progressive. Certify Today, Succeed Tomorrow. u Effective. u Experienced. Gary Sigle , RN, MBA, CCTC. ABTC Treasurer. ABTC Mission. To provide a process for certification for healthcare professionals practicing in the field of transplantation

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Certify Today,

Succeed Tomorrow



abtc mission
ABTC Mission

To provide a process for certification for healthcare professionals practicing in the field of transplantation

Purpose of Certification is to:

Improve Patient Care & Outcomes

Demonstrate Competency

Improve Outcomes

who are we
Who are we?
  • The American Board for Transplant Certification is an independent, not for profit organization that was founded in 1988. Its purpose is to award a voluntary, non-governmental certification credential.
how exam content is derived
How Exam Content is Derived
  • ABTC contracts with the testing agency Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP) for examination development
  • Under the instruction of AMP, ABTC forms committees of content experts to develop a job task analysis and gather published content materials
how exam content is derived1
How Exam Content is Derived
  • Job Task Analysis Survey is distributed to practicing professionals
  • Survey data is compiled and reviewed by the ABTC Examination Committee and AMP
  • Statistical Analysis is applied that has consistency rules set in advance on what tasks meet the requirements for inclusion on the examination
how exam content is derived2
How Exam Content is Derived
  • Any tasks not given a critical/significant rating are “tossed out”
  • After the committee has rated all critical tasks, cognitive levels are assigned to each task – recall, application or analysis
  • Committee again, under instruction from AMP, determines the distribution of cognitive level tasks over the entire exam content domain.
cctc major exam content areas
CCTC Major Exam Content Areas

Evaluation and Preparation for Transplant

Patient Education and Discharge

Post-Transplant Monitoring & Maintenance

Pharmacological Therapeutics

Professional Responsibilities

cctn major exam content areas
CCTN Major Exam Content Areas

Pre-transplant Care

Post-Transplant Monitoring & Maintenance

Pharmacological Therapeutics

Patient Education and Discharge

Professional Responsibilities

cptc major exam content areas
CPTC Major Exam Content Areas

Evaluate and Manage a Potential Donor

Facilitate Organ Allocation, Recovery & Preservation

Professional Responsibilities



1,136 CCTC

652 CPTC

342 CCTN

certified transplant preservationist ctp
Certified Transplant Preservationist (CTP)

ABTC is launching the CTP examination on November 2, 2009!

Application and handbook is currently being modified for inclusion of the new exam

Application and Content Outline will be available on at www.abtc.netSeptember 1st.

ctp major exam content areas
CTP Major Exam Content Areas
  • Organ Recovery
  • Aseptic Technique
  • Organ Preservation
  • Specimen Collection
  • Packaging, Labeling & Shipping
  • Professional Responsibilities
self assessment exams saes
Self Assessment Exams (SAEs)
  • ABTC is launching self assessment exams

- CPTC – August 3, 2009

- CCTC – September 1, 2009

- CCTN available now for a discounted price of $35 until Jan. 1, 2010!

  • Cost for CCTC and CPTC SAE is $60
  • Web based products are available for purchase from ABTC at
approved providers
Approved Providers

$1500 annually for unlimited programs and CEPTCs

Less than what you would spend sending 1 staff member to a national conference

Simplified the application and renewal process

Allows your organization to provide Cat 1 CEPTCs for in-house education


Demonstrates continued competence and current knowledge

Total of 60 Continuing Education Points for Transplant Professionals (CEPTCs)

Three Categories of CEPTC

Cat I – 20 min. Transplant specific & ABTC


Cat II – Professional Development Activities

Cat III – General Healthcare – max. 40

what s next
What’s Next?

Investigating new opportunities

Family Requestor

Financial Coordinators


CPTC Exam Committee

CCTC Exam Committee

CCTN Exam Committee

CTP Exam Committee

Judiciary Committee

Marketing Committee

Continuing Certification Committee

how you can support certification
How You Can Support Certification

Joint Commission Standards require CCTC certification – be sure you meet req.

A growing number of employers require certification and provide reimbursement or incentives

Request your OPO or Transplant Program to become an Approved Provider

Ensure your professional commitment by maintaining your certification – recertify!

thank you
Thank you!

ABGC 2009 Board of Governors

Rick Hasz

Gary Sigle

Burton Mattice

Jacke Corbett

Dawn Brim

Renee DiGiovanni

Sylvia Odom

Nancy Long

Helen Nelson

Carol Dobies

Sharie Lewis

Sue Dummer

Examination Committee Members

Item Writers

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