Histotechnicians and Histotechnologists


Histotechnicians (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:

  • Receiving, processing and making thin sections of tissue on slides
  • Performing various stains for microscopic examination of tissue
  • Using microscopes to Identify tissue structures and their staining properties
  • Assisting with the processing of frozen section tissue obtained during surgery

Educational Requirements:

Employment Opportunities and Salaries:

Starting salaries

For information 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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