[Histonet] HT vs. HLT

lpwenk <@t> sbcglobal.net lpwenk <@t> sbcglobal.net
Sun Feb 27 17:29:59 CST 2005

According to the ASCP Board of Registry (BOR) HT and HTL exams:
- HT must now be trained through a NAACLS accredited program (high school
graduate through associate degree), OR have a minimum of an associate degree
with 12 credits bio/chem and 1 year on-the-job training
- HTL must have a baccalaureate degree with a minimum of 20 credits
bio/chem, and then be EITHER  trained through a NAACLS accredited histotech
program OR be trained on the job for 1 year.
- both HT and HTL are tested on all areas of routine histology - fixation,
processing, frozen sectioning, decalcification, embedding, sectioning,
theory of staining, H&E, histology special stains, lab math, equipment
- HTL (but NOT HT) are also tested on: all areas of immunohistochemistry,
more in depth in chemistry principles/theories, glycol methacrylates, enzyme
histochemical staining, biochemistry of staining, management theories,
education methodologies, federal regulations
- HTL are tested on a lot more troubleshooting and problem-solving.

The following is the exam content guidelines for HT and HTL:


On the outline, the "*" denotes HTL only are tested in that area. Those
without the "*" mean both HT and HTL are tested, but again, the HTL have the
harder questions that are troubleshooting ("what went wrong") and
problem-solving ("what needs to be done to correct it").

Of course, your work can set up any criteria and name that they want for the
histotech jobs. It may be something that you need to work with your human
resources department, to get "standardization" of titles and job
responsibilities, in regards to what other labs in  you area are using as
well as what ASCP BOR uses.

Hope this helps.

Peggy A. Wenk, HTL(ASCP)SLS
William Beaumont Hospital
Royal Oak, MI 48073

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Subject: [Histonet] HT vs. HLT

> What exactly is the difference between and HT and an HLT.  ASCP makes
> this distinction with regards to their wage and salary survey.  Is one
> certified and the other not? Any information would be greatly
> appreciated! Thanks.
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