Re: HT/HTL tissue list
For those who would like to start collecting the
registry practical tissues early - go to the following web site of ASCP Board of
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
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 -----
Sent: Monday, October 07, 2002 2:13
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!
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