Hematology

Unlike the other topics, the study of Hematology really starts with learning the reference ranges for various properties of RBCs and WBCs. You MUST know these values in order to answer the types of questions that will be on your exam. They are absolutely necessary for the exam and for the laboratory.

THE single most important Polansky review card, with respect to questions I had on the exam

It’s important to know the difference between antigen-independent and antigen-dependent lymphopoiesis, and where each occurs

You’ll come across questions that require you to know whether you have a B or T lymphocyte, and whether it’s mature or not. In the proper context, this information can suggest what type of cancerous cell you’re dealing with

A topic I couldn’t grasp until I visualized it as a whole

You’ll definitely have a question on non-malignant granulocytic abnormalities

Answering Hemoglobin Electrophoresis Questions on the ASCP Exam

Answering Hemoglobin Electrophoresis Questions on the ASCP Exam (click to open)

Miscellaneous

Know what increases Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR):

tilted tube
high temps
Macrocytosis
Roleaux
excess fibrinogens/globulins
infection/ inflammation
low RBC count (anemia)
When it comes to Hemoglobin itself, know what it’s made up of. Know the different types of hemoglobin (A, A2, F, S) and what chains make them up. Why do you would see different types of hemoglobin in certain thalassemias? Know what types of hemoglobin the fetus makes, vs the adult.  Know the breakdown products of intravascular hemolysis vs extravascular hemolysis, and the lab findings for each. I just remember having questions about some of these but I don’t recall exactly. These types of questions will come up repeatedly while you’re studying.

16 Responses to Hematology

  1. kara says:

    are these all we need to know for the exam?! i just finished my hematology course, and i think these are basic knowledge. my notes for this class had at least 20 pages long! from your past experience, how deep (in every area, hem, chem, immun…) do we really need to know?
    Thanks 🙂

    • wordsology says:

      This is absolutely crucial information that you MUST know for the exam. I put it together in a frenzy of activity immediately following my exam, including only information that was necessary to know for multiple questions I had just encountered. By no means is it all that is necessary to know. It’s the foundation and basic layout of a home. Laying in the electricity and putting in floors and windows would be the individuals responsibility.

  2. MSL2013 says:

    Hi Wordsology, do I also have to know the bone marrow slides? THanks!

  3. Matt says:

    Were there any questions on the exam with pictures? Such as, identify the cell shown?

    • wordsology says:

      They wouldn’t ask you something straightforward like identification. It asks questions of that nature tangentially – 2nd order questions. For example, you would get a picture of some cellular pathology and from that picture you would need to deduce the diagnosis or indicate what stain is used to stain the cells.

  4. Blue24 says:

    Has anyone taken the HASCP or does anyone have any tips for passing

    • Lisa says:

      I’m studying for the ASCP H exam myself. I was a non-traditional route, and its been a few years since I’ve been in school. I’m kind of freaking out! Any advice on this particular exam would be helpful!

  5. ken says:

    Is there any way you can redo the Miscellaneous its blurry and i cant read and send it to my email?? Also Hem questions on Labce is alot of infro that is not in ur your notes is there anything particular i really need to give close attention to?

    • wordsology says:

      None of these resources are anywhere close to ALL you need to know for the exam – only some key information that i’m CERTAIN has a tremendous chance of showing up.

  6. moawyeh123 says:

    i need questions ASCP SH urgent

  7. Ashley says:

    Hi! do you have any tips for memorizing the indices as well as the equations? i cant seem to maintain those

  8. Monica says:

    Just want to say thank you for the great study tips! My entire class referred to this website and we all passed!

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