Re: Titles/Histologist

From:Bonnie McMahill

At our institution, we do distinquish between HT-histotechnicians and HTL-histotechnologists.  We have two different job discriptions and they are classified by their qualifications to be ASCP certified.  Their pay ranges also reflect this.  All of our technologists have four year degrees in biology and/or chemistry.  They do the more specialized FISH, ISH and IHC procedures and can train as Pathologist assistants if needed.  Almost all of our techs are OJT's.

Bonnie McMahill
Pathology Associates Inc. PS
Spokane, WA

----- Original Message -----
From: Patricia Karlisch 
Date: Fri, 21 Jun 2002 11:47:40 -0400
Subject: Titles/Histologist

> Folks,
>    The question I have is whether your institutions hire ASCP/HT's as histotechnologists or histotechnicians.  Is the title institution driven ASCP driven in your areas.   
>    I ask this because all of our HT's attended our histotech school (on site training and seminars) and as they completed their year some were hired as HISTOTECHNOLOGISTS.  We would now like to look at an on the job training for our Technical Lab Assistants  and work with the Univ of Indiana for them to get the didactic training and finally certification.  If this does happen we will probably have some Technical Lab Assistants who will not become certified and will be classified here as a HISTOTECHNICIAN.  Is there an NSH/ASCP job description of both?   As we move towards the Associate Degree will the histotechs' titles change?
>     Thank you for any information you may have on this.
> Patricia Karlisch
> Team Leader, Anatomic Pathology
> Geisinger Medical Laboratories
> GeisingerHealth System, Danville, PA 17822-23-00
> (570) 271-8148


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