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Thinking about a career in histotechnology?

Histotechnology is a technical field involving the appropriate fixation, processing, sectioning and staining of tissues in clinical, research and teaching fields. The majority of our membership are employed by clinical labs where paraffin embedding and sectioning or frozen sections cut on a cryostat are routinely stained or exposed to immunocytochemical reactions.

Effective January 2005 candidates applying for the Board of Registry HT (Histotechnology) certification will have to meet one of the following certification requirements: 1. successful completion of a NAACLS accredited histologic technician program or, 2. an associate degree or at least 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of academic credit from a regionally accredited college/university with a combination of 12 semester hours (18 quarter hours) of biology and chemistry AND one year full-time acceptable experience in histopathology within the last 10 years under the supervision of a pathologist or appropriately certified medical scientist.

Click here to view a list of training centers or programs for histotechnologists organized by state.

There are scholarships available for study. Listed below are a few: The National Society for Histotechnology offers multiple student scholarship awards.

    - The Sigma Diagnostics Student Scholarship
    - The Sakura Finetek Student Scholarship
    - The Irwin S. Lerner Student Scholarship
    - The American Association of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) offers several $1,000 scholarships annually
    - New York State Histotechnology Society offers an award sponsored by Shandon Lipshaw Inc
    - The Joanne Braman Science Scholarship
    - The Merrill Family Foundation Scholarships (five scholarships of $1,000 each)

Salaries for histotechnologists vary regionally and examples may be included in the information on our Jobs page of this website.

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