- Histotechnologists are also known as tissue technologists. They
prepare microscopic slides from tissue samples for examination by
pathologists and scientists.
- Histotechnologists (Bachelor’s Degree) perform more specialized
procedures than Histotechnicians (Associate Degree) and also serve as
- Their duties may include preparing slides using computerized
laboratory equipment to preserve tissue samples for study, identify
tissue types for orientation during embedding and cutting, performing
special stain procedures and doing frozen sections on fresh tissues for
rapid diagnosis. 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.
- Most Histotechnologists work in the pathology laboratories at hospitals, clinics, or medical and research laboratories.
- Histotechnologists enjoy performing essential medical procedures that enable physicians to
- Tasks require patience, fine motor skills and the ability to work quickly but carefully in individual or group settings.
- Some would like more interaction with patients.
- Admission to training programs is limited.