Thinking about a career in
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.
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.