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Jasmine

62 months ago

Molly study during ur clinicals, ask questions during ur clinicals, as soon as ur clinicals are over, schedule to take the exam.
As for jobs, there will always be jobs in this field because the field is very short handed.
You might want to pursue ur MT if u get a chance if they ever make the laboratory a mandatory BS

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Daniel in Houston, Texas

62 months ago

I was accepted at UT MD Anderson's CLS program - will be starting in
August and I'm really excited! Did anybody here attend MD Anderson (in Houston, Texas)? Any advice you can give me (about UTMDACC, the CLS program, or CLS in general) will be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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Molly in Ashland City, Tennessee

62 months ago

Jasmine said: Molly study during ur clinicals, ask questions during ur clinicals, as soon as ur clinicals are over, schedule to take the exam.
As for jobs, there will always be jobs in this field because the field is very short handed.
You might want to pursue ur MT if u get a chance if they ever make the laboratory a mandatory BS

I'm already in a MT program.

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Jasmine in Flower Mound, Texas

62 months ago

Oh that is great, just study during ur clinicals and u should be fine

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lenlen in Gardena, California

62 months ago

hi, i just took my ASCPi exam last first week of february. does any one of you know how i can work as a CLS in california?

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anu in Missouri City, Texas

62 months ago

lenlen in Gardena, California said: hi, i just took my ASCPi exam last first week of february. does any one of you know how i can work as a CLS in california?

Hi lenlen.. I hope you don't mind me asking.. would you please let me know how the test was like..and what to expect..

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lenlen in Gardena, California

62 months ago

anu in Missouri City, Texas said: Hi lenlen.. I hope you don't mind me asking.. would you please let me know how the test was like..and what to expect..

the exam was hard. like what they have said here, the questions was like not what is the result, but what will you do next. i had 3 questions in hema with the same picture of macrocytic anemia. whats the defect in the said slide (RBC has one dot), and the choices were RNA, DNA, membrane and mitosis. i forgot the other questions for that slide, but im sure that "b12 def" and "pernicious anemia" was not one of the choices. i had 5 anti body panels in blood bank (yeah!hehe...) you can easily identify the antibody, but the question was what you will do upon identifying the said antibodies. so the choices were procedures and not the antibodies. then in micro they showed a slide with a strep, i was expecting some hints, but they only gave biochem tests result. they also gave a series of biochem test ( no organism given)and according to the question there's a discrepant and which of the following is the next thing to do. just read the questions carefully, and you will be fine. i finished the exam with only 15 mins left.

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lenlen in Gardena, California

62 months ago

anu in Missouri City, Texas said: Hi lenlen.. I hope you don't mind me asking.. would you please let me know how the test was like..and what to expect..

polansky helped a lot. the cards discussed the things that are important and very easy to remember.

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anu in Missouri City, Texas

62 months ago

lenlen in Gardena, California said: the exam was hard. like what they have said here, the questions was like not what is the result, but what will you do next. i had 3 questions in hema with the same picture of macrocytic anemia. whats the defect in the said slide (RBC has one dot), and the choices were RNA, DNA, membrane and mitosis. i forgot the other questions for that slide, but im sure that "b12 def" and "pernicious anemia" was not one of the choices. i had 5 anti body panels in blood bank (yeah!hehe...) you can easily identify the antibody, but the question was what you will do upon identifying the said antibodies. so the choices were procedures and not the antibodies. then in micro they showed a slide with a strep, i was expecting some hints, but they only gave biochem tests result. they also gave a series of biochem test ( no organism given)and according to the question there's a discrepant and which of the following is the next thing to do. just read the questions carefully, and you will be fine. i finished the exam with only 15 mins left.

THANK you so much.. I can only afford the test this time around and may have to wait a long time to take it again if I do fail. I really do appreciate the help.

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chirl85 in Minneapolis, Minnesota

62 months ago

CLS2008 in Libertyville, Illinois said: Wow there is no way that anyone can read the whole text book at this time.I'm reading the Robert Harr's CLS Review book.I think it's help full because it explains the answers.Is there anyone out there who used this book and passed the ASCP certification

Im studying for the ascp right now and a girl that graduated a year before me said she used to nca review book to study for the exam and looked at pictures from our micr book and passed no prob... our teachers suggest we buy this book and it explains all the questions, plus i have heard the nca is harder than the ascp but who knows, if the testis different for everyone...

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chirl85 in Minneapolis, Minnesota

62 months ago

SD in South Bend, Indiana said: I just realized I put a link to the wrong thing. I meant to say, you might want to take a look at this book - NCA Review for CLS by Susan Becks. For some reason, I cant put up the link to it here...but you can search for it in amazon.

The other link that I provided shows you what kind of content you'd need to have a good understanding of in order to pass the ASCP MT general exam. If you decide to take that exam, you might want to go through this checklist and make sure that you understand all the concepts here well:
www.ascp.org/pdf/ExaminationContentGuidelinesMT.aspx

Hopefully, this helps you.

thats the book our program suggested we buy and i think its great so far... explains the questions and has tons of them along with a cd-rom and practice tests! ill be taking the ascp in 2 months

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chirl85 in Minneapolis, Minnesota

62 months ago

Evette Soon in Honolulu, Hawaii said: I've got two postions here in Hawaii - The weather is warm here and we are expecting 35 foot surf this week. Hope that entices you:) My email address is esoon@vhcsystems.com
Aloha!

Hi there! im just curious... i live in MN and im wondering how are the jobs out there paying and how is the economy compared to here? i started at 17.60 six months ago as a CLT, maybe possibly one day i could get up and move out there... the weather is quite enticing :)

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diay in Ottawa, Ontario

62 months ago

Does anyone here who is planning to take ASCPi exam soon?

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April in Mississauga, Ontario

62 months ago

diay in Ottawa, Ontario said: Does anyone here who is planning to take ASCPi exam soon?

I just came home from my ASCP exam, I passed. I used the NCA review for CLS (by Susan Beck, Case Studies in Clinical Laboratory Science (Linda Graves), Clinical Laboratory Science Review (Robert Harr) and basic knowledge in Blood Bank, Hematology and Chemistry.

There were 3 question about cytochemical stains, a bone marrow picture that will ask you if it's normal, AML, CLL.., a blood picture with large platelets, another one which is polychromasia.

For Chemistry, prealbumin for malnutrition, a case of a pregnant woman but negative HCG, specific gravity of urine 1.005

Make sure to review Immunology (Linda Graves's book)

There are always 2 out of 4 that don't make sense from the choices.

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diay in Ottawa, Ontario

62 months ago

Congrats April! So how long was your review period? I guess you are working as a medtech there. Do you have YM account? Can I add you? I just need to ask you few questions that I hope you dont mind. Thanks..And again congatulations.

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ValdostaMT in Albany, Georgia

62 months ago

CLS2008 in Libertyville, Illinois said: Wow there is no way that anyone can read the whole text book at this time.I'm reading the Robert Harr's CLS Review book.I think it's help full because it explains the answers.Is there anyone out there who used this book and passed the ASCP certification

Yes - that is the book I used and the book I teach from. I am a program director.

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Paul in Fort Worth, Texas

62 months ago

ANU in Missouri City, Texas said: I took ASCP JAN 10th.. it was just as you described it..not at all what i expected it to be...Does the testing center matter when it comes to the ease of exam? I studied just as much as my friends and maybe even more and their test were much more easy.

I wish I knew, lol... have you taken your exam again?? i wish they wouldn't make this so damn diffcult, its not my job to freaking interpret for the physcian, thats why he gets paid the big bucks and we don't. Currently I'm unemployed because I do not have a certification. I have a degree, I went to a military school and have practiced general lab for quite some time, but do not have my certification. I have purchased the polasky cards and have the harr book, and some other text books, I will begin to study hardcore monday for 3 - 4 weeks and then take my exam. lets see what happens... I wish there was only one book, but sometimes i find this exam so damn ridiculous.

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Ken

62 months ago

Paul did u attend a naacls acred program or were u trained in the military? If u went to a naacls acred program most students pass their ascp first try. Military trained techs that I worked with have very little theory and most employers will not hire them bc they cannot pass the ascp plus they did not graduate from a naacls acred program. Universities train the health care professional for most ancially fields, military has no right training anyone for a medical career, last time I checked u could not get ur pharmacy degree being trained in the military.

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rod in Oak Hill, West Virginia

62 months ago

saju49 in Irvine, California said: Hello everyone. Is there anyone on this forum who had passed ASCP or any other CLS certification test from California or a non-USA citizen working in California as CLS. I thought now CA doesn't need a state license anymore and will accept national board certification (ASCP) to work in state of CA. but recently i heard that it is not true...now i am confused. Can anyone provide me any information and how to go about it.
I will appreciate it.

if you have passed the ascp exam on or after oct 2002 then you dont need to to take the california state license but you have to apply for it and pay the fee and ask ascp to forward your test results to them

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CLS2008 in North Chicago, Illinois

62 months ago

A very good link to review some of the stuff for the MT or MLT exams
www.studystack.com/LaboratoryScience

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george in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

62 months ago

sent me more information of ascpnternational ouestions

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george in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

62 months ago

average salary for lab technologist or technician in philadelphia

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CLS2008 in North Chicago, Illinois

62 months ago

lenlen in Gardena, California said: polansky helped a lot. the cards discussed the things that are important and very easy to remember.

Do u think it would be enough to review the cards and review one practice questions book.Also did you do any practice exams

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Susan in Washington, North Carolina

62 months ago

was just wondering if you passed your exam?

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Xhelie in Baltimore, Maryland

62 months ago

george in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania said: sent me more information of ascpnternational ouestions

can u also send it to me? :)

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saju49 in Irvine, California

62 months ago

Can You please send ASCP international questions to me also. I will really appreciate it.

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Xhelie in Baltimore, Maryland

62 months ago

guys i need help, I wanna know what buks are good for ASCPi?

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anne15 in Seaside, California

61 months ago

ValdostaMT in Albany, Georgia said: Yes - that is the book I used and the book I teach from. I am a program director.

yes Robert Harr book helps me a lot.

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moinks in Las Vegas, Nevada

61 months ago

i just have harr and i ordered polansky. i hope that's enough for the exam.

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chu in North Las Vegas, Nevada

61 months ago

hi moinks! what exam are you planning to take? can i have your YM address? maybe we can chat sometime

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anne15 in Salinas, California

61 months ago

lenlen in Gardena, California said: hi, i just took my ASCPi exam last first week of february. does any one of you know how i can work as a CLS in california?

hi lenlen did you find any answer to this question cause I just took the ascpi exam last week?

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anu in Houston, Texas

61 months ago

Paul in Fort Worth, Texas said: I wish I knew, lol... have you taken your exam again?? i wish they wouldn't make this so damn diffcult, its not my job to freaking interpret for the physcian, thats why he gets paid the big bucks and we don't. Currently I'm unemployed because I do not have a certification. I have a degree, I went to a military school and have practiced general lab for quite some time, but do not have my certification. I have purchased the polasky cards and have the harr book, and some other text books, I will begin to study hardcore monday for 3 - 4 weeks and then take my exam. lets see what happens... I wish there was only one book, but sometimes i find this exam so damn ridiculous.

:) I will be taking mine maybe in may. It will be my second time around and I agree to what you have said. Testing centers don't matter..I was just upset to not have passed so crazy thoughts developed in my mind. DO spent 5-6 hours studying...not just the book but the notes as well...I think its best to grasp the concepts and facts so it can be applied no matter how it is asked...

I think I'll be studying further on top of this degree...because you are right not enough recognition is given to that amount of materials we are studying. I don't understand why it should be made so difficult. I've took a test to graduate now this!!.. I'm seriously thinking about specializing in the subject.

I don't have the ascp yet..but methodist hired me...just keep being persistent.

I hope all works out.. if I do take the exam b4 you then Ill let you know to how it went... GOOD LUCK

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CLSINCAL28 in LOS ANGELES, California

61 months ago

HI EVERYBODY!ANYBODY KNOWS ABOUT IF YOU RESCHEDULE YOUR EXAM FOR MT,YOU NEED TO APPLY AND PAY AGAIN?COZ I THINK IM NOT READY TO TAKE THE EXAM THE END OF THE MONTH IM PLANNING TO RESCHEDULE IT AGAIN.

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CLSINCAL28 in LOS ANGELES, California

61 months ago

JP in San Bernardino, California said: my program bought some of those for us to use, but they weren't really helpful. It was a lot of weird questions, mostly about stuff I didn't ever recall learning about. I couldn't pass any of them.

hi jp in san bernardino u can i ask u a personal question are u graduate here or foreign?thanks

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CLSINCAL28 in LOS ANGELES, California

61 months ago

CLSINCAL28 in LOS ANGELES, California said: hi jp in san bernardino u can i ask u a personal question are u graduate here or foreign?thanks

HI JP,did u took the california exam before or no?if yes how do you compare with the ASCP?which is more difficult?the sitdown or the computer?thanks

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CLSINCAL28 in LOS ANGELES, California

61 months ago

anna@idearecruit.com in Los Angeles, California said: Hi Chi,

Let me know as soon as you pass the ASCP.. Email me at anna@idearecruit.com.
I'm a CLS Recruiter.

HI anna,do have an opening in las vegas,let me know im interested working there,i wanna move to vegas i think there are more opportunity there than here in california,we make 150k a year here still broke,california is really a money hungry state,cannot afford to live here anymore,everything went up,thats too much worst than playing in casino.lol

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CLSINCAL28 in LOS ANGELES, California

61 months ago

James in Scottsdale, Arizona said: The Advance magazine would be a great starting place for Las Vegas positions. I have a position for a General lab supervisor (MT) in Yuma, AZ. If you know someone that might have interest.

HI james,do you know what hospital or laboratory have an opening fot med tech in las vegas?can u reply me please,thanks

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bongq8 in Mississauga, Ontario

61 months ago

CLSINCAL28 in LOS ANGELES, California said: HI EVERYBODY!ANYBODY KNOWS ABOUT IF YOU RESCHEDULE YOUR EXAM FOR MT,YOU NEED TO APPLY AND PAY AGAIN?COZ I THINK IM NOT READY TO TAKE THE EXAM THE END OF THE MONTH IM PLANNING TO RESCHEDULE IT AGAIN.

i reschedule my ASCPi exam b4 coz i wasn't ready. i think as long as u r within the time frame ( was it 3 mths?) that they give then you are ok. you just have to call or go online and request for a new date.if not then you have to apply and pay again.

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bongq8 in Mississauga, Ontario

61 months ago

diay in Ottawa, Ontario said: Does anyone here who is planning to take ASCPi exam soon?

i took and passed my ASCPi in september 2008.

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bongq8 in Mississauga, Ontario

61 months ago

April in Mississauga, Ontario said: I just came home from my ASCP exam, I passed. I used the NCA review for CLS (by Susan Beck, Case Studies in Clinical Laboratory Science (Linda Graves), Clinical Laboratory Science Review (Robert Harr) and basic knowledge in Blood Bank, Hematology and Chemistry.

There were 3 question about cytochemical stains, a bone marrow picture that will ask you if it's normal, AML, CLL.., a blood picture with large platelets, another one which is polychromasia.

For Chemistry, prealbumin for malnutrition, a case of a pregnant woman but negative HCG, specific gravity of urine 1.005

Make sure to review Immunology (Linda Graves's book)

There are always 2 out of 4 that don't make sense from the choices.

There are always 2 out of 4 that don't make sense from the choices.--->i agree w/ u april. :-)

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CLSINCAL28 in San Bernardino, California

61 months ago

bongq8 in Mississauga, Ontario said: i reschedule my ASCPi exam b4 coz i wasn't ready. i think as long as u r within the time frame ( was it 3 mths?) that they give then you are ok. you just have to call or go online and request for a new date.if not then you have to apply and pay again.

thank you bong for the reply,r u filipino?

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CLSINCAL28 in LOS ANGELES, California

61 months ago

chu in North Las Vegas, Nevada said: hi sam! if thats the case then i better check the box of items that i want to review or probably change the answer at the end of the test.

is the time alloted just enough to finish the 100 items?

do u happen to know some websites where i can practice sample exams?

HI CHU,MAHIRAP BANG MAGHANAP NG TRABAHO DYAN SA VEGAS SA LAB OR HOSPITAL KASI PLANO KONG MAGMOVE DYAN KASI MURANG MGA BAHAY DYAN NGAYON,DITO KC SA LOS ANGELES EH KUMIKITA KA NG 6,000 STILL PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK.

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chu in North Las Vegas, Nevada

61 months ago

hi CLSINCAL28,
its really hard to find a job here in vegas right now esp in our field..most of the job openings are per diem.do you have YM account?maybe we can chat sometime

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chitra sharma in Des Plaines, Illinois

61 months ago

hi Tammmm could you plz suggest me which books you reffered for ASCPi exam and one more question one of my frnd is having exp of 8 yrs in hematology only can she apply 4 MT(ascp i ).

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CLSINCAL28 in San Bernardino, California

61 months ago

chu in North Las Vegas, Nevada said: hi CLSINCAL28,
its really hard to find a job here in vegas right now esp in our field..most of the job openings are per diem.do you have YM account?maybe we can chat sometime

oh really its hard to find a job there now,well maybe i just stay na lang dito sa LA,anyway thank you ha?

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chu in North Las Vegas, Nevada

61 months ago

do you have YM? are u working in a hospital?

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bongq8 in Mississauga, Ontario

61 months ago

CLSINCAL28 in San Bernardino, California said: thank you bong for the reply,r u filipino?

yup, am filipino. are u wrking as CLS?

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bongq8 in Mississauga, Ontario

61 months ago

lenlen in Gardena, California said: the exam was hard. like what they have said here, the questions was like not what is the result, but what will you do next. i had 3 questions in hema with the same picture of macrocytic anemia. whats the defect in the said slide (RBC has one dot), and the choices were RNA, DNA, membrane and mitosis. i forgot the other questions for that slide, but im sure that "b12 def" and "pernicious anemia" was not one of the choices. i had 5 anti body panels in blood bank (yeah!hehe...) you can easily identify the antibody, but the question was what you will do upon identifying the said antibodies. so the choices were procedures and not the antibodies. then in micro they showed a slide with a strep, i was expecting some hints, but they only gave biochem tests result. they also gave a series of biochem test ( no organism given)and according to the question there's a discrepant and which of the following is the next thing to do. just read the questions carefully, and you will be fine. i finished the exam with only 15 mins left.

for the hema question: d rbc w/ obne dot is most likely howell jolly bodies--->correct answer most probably is DNA.

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The_Priest in Dover, Oklahoma

61 months ago

CLSINCAL28 in San Bernardino, California said: Yun na nga bro,naghahanap ako ng trabaho sa vegas eh baka iba ang makuha ko,lol,no offend chu ha?joke lang

nakopre mag hunos dili ka si maganda pero MILITARY lang naman asawa nya, hahahahhahaa, hindi trabaho makita mo sa vegas kundi bala.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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saju49 in Irvine, California

61 months ago

Hey Guys....I guess the medium of discussion for this forum is English but some people r using other national language. I will appreciate if we stick to English otherwise this forum becomes regional not diverse....No offense.

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