RE: [Histonet] Histotech vacancies

From:"Mindy Johnson"

I know when I was hired by my first job it was for a histology position and
I had just graduated with a biology degree.  I had some frozen sectioning
experience while at school, but most of what I learned was on the job and
they were going to have me take the online course since I was already
cutting.  Now, I'm doing even more cutting at my new job with paraffin and
I'm learning still. But, still no license.  So I am curious to see how these
online courses workout for people.  Maybe I should do one.


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Vickroy, Jim
Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2007 9:15 AM
To: ''
Subject: [Histonet] Histotech vacancies

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

Jim Vickroy
Technical Supervisor - Surgical and Autopsy Pathology
Memorial Medical Center

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