Working closely with the pathologist, the Histotechnician processes tissue biopsies removed during surgery. Graduates of the certificate program are eligible to take the National Registry exam for Histotechnician (HT) certification.
A_histotechnician who earns a baccalaureate degree and either has one year of experience or attends a NAACLS-accredited histotechnology program can become a histotechnologist. The histotechnologist performs more complex techniques such as enzyme histochemistry, immunohistochemistry and electron microscopy. A histotechnologist can also teach, be a supervisor in a laboratory or be the director of a school for histologic technology.Those who pass the exam for histotechnologist may use the initials, HTL(ASCP), after their name to show they are proficient in their field.
The designation for a certified histotechnician is HT(ASCP).
Certification is valid for three years. To demonstrate competency throughout their careers after their initial certification, histotechnologists and histotechnicians must complete a Certification Maintenance Program every three years.
Today, there are more jobs for histotechnologists and histotechnicians than educated people to fill those jobs. The future long-term employment looks bright. The need is great everywhere throughout the country.
Histotechnicians have a wide range of job opportunities including hospitals, for-profit laboratories, academic and pharmaceutical research, clinics, public health facilities dermatology practices, crime labs, forensics and histology sales. Additional opportunities are available in veterinary pathology and marine biolog.