Fine Needle Aspiration Module

Fine Needle Aspiration Procurement and Specimen Preparation Learning Module

This module was developed in response to that fact that many laboratories are experiencing an increase in the number of FNA procedures. This may prompt an increase in the number of cytotechnologists and other laboratory personnel assisting with these procedures and specimens.

This module provides fundamental information about FNA procurement and processing and may supplement orientation and competency materials. The content is suitable for cytotechnologists, pathology residents, cytotechnology students and other laboratory personnel handling FNA specimens.

Module Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Equipment and Materials
  • Processing the Cell Sample
  • Post Aspiration Procedures
  • Staining Procedures
  • Ancillary Techniques
  • Summary
  • References
  • Assessment

The module includes a short self-assessment exercise. There is no minimum score required, nor passing grades defined. Participants can print their own test results. ASCT will also provide a Certificate of Completion upon individual request. Laboratories may elect to monitor the test and set Pass/Fail requirements for competency documentation. Approved for 1 CMLE credit by the ASC.

All subscriptions last for 12 months from the date of registration and access to the course is available for the entire 12 month period. Please fill out the registration form and email or fax to ASCT with payment. You will receive your user name and password via email from ASCT after payment is received. You MUST fill in your email address in order to receive your user name and password. During your 12 month subscription, if the module is revised, you will receive the updated module at no cost.

Click here for the registration form.

Primary Author: Jamie L. Covell, B.S., CT(ASCP)
Editorial Contributions include: Janie Roberson SCT(ASCP) and Fern Miller CT(ASCP)
Project Manager: Michele Smith SCT (ASCP)