Like a lot of hospitals we have been unable to find qualified applicants for a histotech position. We are at least exploring other options. One of the options include hiring someone with a biological background and enrolling them in an on-line histotech training program. After completion of the program the applicant would take the certification examination. There are a few schools out there that have full time programs but many individuals are not in a position to take six months off to attend them without receiving a weekly paycheck. In addition my experience has been that these schools only take a small amount of applicants each session. So with more positions than students has anyone else come up with a creative way to train and hire histotechs and any suggestions to on-line programs that have been worthwhile.
Technical Supervisor - Surgical and Autopsy Pathology
Memorial Medical Center
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