Histotechnicians and Histotechnologists
(HT) and Histotechnologists (HTL) are
health professionals who prepare tissue samples removed at surgery to
allow a pathologist to determine if disease is
present in that tissue.
Some of the responsibilities
of Histotechnicians and Histotechnologists include:
processing and making thin sections of tissue on slides
various stains for microscopic examination of tissue
- Using microscopes
to Identify tissue structures and their staining properties
with the processing of frozen section tissue obtained during
may be found at:
- Histotechnicians or HTs require a two year associate degree program with courses
in biological science, general chemistry, mathematics, and general education
plus clinical sciences in histological techniques.
- Histotechnologists or HTLs require
a four year baccalaureate degree program with courses in
general chemistry, organic and/or biochemistry, biological science, immunology,
mathematics, electron microscopy, management, computer technology, general
education and the histotechnology sciences.
education includes practice in "real life" laboratories of hospitals,
reference laboratories and other settings
- Educational programs meet the requirements of the National
Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences ( www.naacls.org )
- Graduates are eligible for national certification exams
in the Histotechnician or Histotechnologist category (www.ascp.org/bor)
Employment Opportunities and Salaries:
opportunities are readily available in hospital laboratories, and reference,
research, veterinary and pharmaceutical laboratories.
Starting salaries in NJ for:
- According to a survey conducted by the American Society of Clinical
Pathologists in 2002, the national vacancy rate in hospitals and reference
laboratories was 8.7% for HTs and 10.0% for HTLs. Lab Med
range from $37,000 to $42,000
range from $ 32,000 to $35,000
- Further salary information by region may be obtained at
on Histotechnician Programs, visit our NJ Clinical Laboratory Educational Programs page
Photo reprinted with permission from
the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), Chicago, IL.
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