The standard of practice for HT's is the ASCP certification. For HT you
need only an associates of science degree with particular courses such as
chemistry, biology and some math, then with OJT or a school of HT for one
year. The HTL requires a BS degree also with certain course and the one
Salaries have really gotten a lot better for Histotech's compared to my day
(30 years ago), in my area experienced certified Histotech's are doing
pretty well, because of the shortage of trained people in our field I see
employers paying sign on bonuses, relocation expenses and decent salaries
much like nurses are in demand today.
Patsy Ruegg, HT(ASCP)QIHC
12635 Montview Blvd. #216
Aurora, CO 80010
[mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Emily Sours
Sent: Sunday, August 05, 2007 1:42 AM
To: Joseph Kapler; firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Re: [Histonet] Keep Job Postings Coming
What does a BS in Histotechnology entail?
I'm curious because I was hired out of college for my experience as a
student intern and my degree in microbiology (nothing fancy--just
doing maxipreps was the qualifier for my current job)
That was eight years ago, and I'm wondering what other techniques I
may not have learned while in college (again, let me emphasize that I
went to college when the term pcr was not taught). I'm very
interested in any techniques that are "high-tech", aka new within a
couple of years.
If you also know of a site, subscription, etc that would inform me of
this, please let me know. I love learning new stuff about my job!
I'd also like to add that I'm still paying off student loans after
eight years--I feel your pain, Joe. I hope your loans aren't
enormous and ps, you can always be a part-time student to defer your
loans if absolutely necessary.
On this note, is it necessary to have a college degree to be a
histotechnologist (whatever you define this as)? At Pitt, you have to
have a lot of experience to get paid about $30000 and that experience
includes a BS. I've been around for eight years and have yet to break
the $30000 barrier. Which makes me bitter.
Our post-doc made about $40000 starting, if you need a scale.
these things happen, you know, you go for a walk in the park one day
and wheelchair ninjas and nazis and pots-and-pans robots show up to
kill you and dinosaurs show up to eat the remains.
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