Histotechnicians and Histotechnologists
and Histotechnologists (HTL) are health professionals who prepare tissue
samples removed at surgery to allow a
to determine if disease is present in that tissue.
the responsibilities of Histotechnicians and Histotechnologists include:
- Receiving, processing and making thin sections of
tissue on slides
- Performing various stains for microscopic examination
- Using microscopes to Identify tissue structures and
their staining properties
- Assisting with the processing of frozen section
tissue obtained during surgery
- 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
education includes practice in "real life" laboratories of
hospitals, reference laboratories and other settings
programs meet the requirements of the National Accrediting Agency for
Clinical Laboratory Sciences ( www.naacls.org )
Employment Opportunities and Salaries:
opportunities are readily available in hospital laboratories, and
reference, research, veterinary and pharmaceutical laboratories.
information on Histotechnician Programs, visit our NJ Clinical Laboratory
Educational Programs page
reprinted with permission from the American Society for Clinical Pathology
(ASCP), Chicago, IL.
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