Histologic technologists are also known as histotechnologists or tissue technologists. They prepare microscopic slides from tissue samples for examination by pathologists and scientists. Histologic technicians perform similar tasks but are not as specialized.
Most histotechnologists work in the pathology laboratory of a hospital or clinic, or medical and research laboratories. They often are supervised by medical technologists or laboratory managers. Their duties may include preparing slides using computerized laboratory equipment to preserve tissue samples for study, as well as stains and dyes to help identify tissue and cell structures under the microscope. They are also responsible for quality control of testing procedures and examining slides to ensure that the preservation or preparation of the tissue was performed properly.
High school students should study biology, chemistry, mathematics and related courses. Histologic technicians are required to have an associate`s degree, or a certificate from a hospital or technical school. Histotechnologists require a bachelor's degree with a major in medical technology or in the life sciences. Certification, although voluntary, may be required for employment.
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
Aurora Consolidated Laboratory School of Histotechnology
American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS)
1861 International Drive, Suite 200
McLean, VA, 22102
National Society for Histotechnology (NSH)
8850 Stanford Blvd., Suite 2900
Columbia, MD, 21045
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