Re: HT/HTL tissue list

From:Lee & Peggy Wenk

For those who would like to start collecting the registry practical tissues early - go to the following web site of ASCP Board of Registry:
Then either click on Histologic Technician or Histotechnologists, depending if you are planning on taking the HT or HTL exam. This will get you to a page (for each) that lists the routes. Scroll to the bottom of the routes page. At the bottom, is a link to the practical exam (for each).
On the practical exam list is ALL the possible tissues they might ask you to collect, and ALL the possible stains on each tissues, that they might ask for. For the HTL, that's 28 tissues, with between 1 and 6 stains for each tissue. For the HT, that's 25 tissues, with between 1 and 5 stains for each tissue.
So the 9 tissues/stains the BOR will ask for each practical will come off these lists - HT and HTL.
For my students, we start collecting tissues months BEFORE they ever receive their exam lists. We use these web site lists to collect the tissues, get the correct components, gross them the right dimensions, etc. We process the tissue, embed them, and cut and stain and do an H&E. We then look at the H&E. If the tissue/block is good, we hang onto it, just in case the BOR asks for that tissue. If the tissue isn't good enough (too small, slightly autolyzed, wrong part of the organ, etc), we know to go looking for better.
By collecting early off of this list, then once the "official" exam list comes, we already have a good head start on the collection of tissues. And sometimes, finding a colon or gallbladder with columnar epithelium across one entire surface can be surprisingly difficult. Or finding an ovary or tonsil that's 1.5 x 1.5 cm square can also be difficult, as it needs to be this size so that it can shrink in processing yet remains bigger than the 1.0 x 1.0 cm square requirement.
Each year, we have one tissue that gives us problems. Stomach one year, esophagus another, gall bladder another. It was liver last year. And each year, it's a different tissue that seems to give us difficulties. We will just have problem getting a good, non-autolyzed, well fixed, epithelium all intact, tissue on one tissue. And that's with starting months in advance.
So my advise is . . . collect early, collect often, collect a lot.
Hope that helps.
Peggy A. Wenk, HTL(ASCP)SLS
William Beaumont Hospital
Royal Oak, MI 48073
----- Original Message -----
From: Melissa Jans
Sent: Monday, October 07, 2002 2:13 PM
Subject: HT/HTL tissue list

Does anyone know when the list of tissues will be mailed out for the HT/HTL exam applications that were due on October 1st.  We have some anxious people in the lab who want to get started!


Melissa Jans


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