[Histonet] uncertified techs in Histology

Jennifer MacDonald JMacDonald <@t> mtsac.edu
Wed Feb 11 10:51:47 CST 2009

Both the HT and the HTL are available to qualified individuals.  The only 
thing that was discontinued was the High School or equivalent and 2 years 
of experience (route 3).  All other options (routes) remain the same.

Jennifer MacDonald
Mt. San Antonio College

"Watson, Linda" <Linda.Watson <@t> bms.com> 
Sent by: histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
02/11/2009 08:36 AM

Mary Abosso <mabosso <@t> unipathllc.com>, Steven Coakley 
<sjchtascp <@t> yahoo.com>, "Histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu" 
<Histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu>

RE: [Histonet] uncertified techs in Histology

I totally agree with Mary. I have often heard that histotechs are a dying 
breed. That us "old timers" are not being replaced by the younger 
generation. If we want to have less uncertified histotechs then lets not 
make it so difficult for individuals to pursue this wonderful career. I 
still think it is very important for the exam to remain in place but those 
individuals out of high school that are maybe not thinking of attending 
college to obtain a bachelors degree should have the opportunity to become 
a certified histologist. I know that you can still obtain the HT but not 
the HTL. Correct me if I am wrong.


>-----Original Message-----
>From: histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu [mailto:histonet-
>bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu] On Behalf Of Mary Abosso
>Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 2009 11:19 AM
>To: Steven Coakley; Histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
>Subject: RE: [Histonet] uncertified techs in Histology
>Many areas have to go to unregistered techs out of necessity due to the
>high vacancy rate in our field since the ASCP made changes to the career
>path for the HT board requirements.  Many of these facilities have
>either formal or informal training and have turned out many very good,
>high quality techs.  Yes, some may be skilled at the "art" of histology,
>but lack the understanding that is behind the science.  These often can
>embed, cut and do special stains with superior quality and happy
>pathologists.  I have seen registered techs that have all the
>intelligence that their sheepskins say, but totally lack the hands on
>skills needed to produce superior quality material for patient
>diagnosis.  While this is only my opinion, I wish that there was still
>the route for OJT as long as there is a certified tech in place for
>My two cents worth,
>Mary Abosso
>From: histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu on behalf of Steven
>Sent: Wed 2/11/2009 7:55 AM
>To: Histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
>Subject: [Histonet] uncertified techs in Histology
>Any thoughts or experiences with my fellow HT/HTL's(ASCP).  What the big
>advantage do all these facilities think there gaining by going with
>unregistered techs, especially when theres always ongoing quality issues
>when theres so many trained certified HT looking for work?  In my area
>of the country I can't believe how many Hospitals go this way.
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