[Histonet] Histotechnology certification for cytotechnologists

Bob Richmond rsrichmond <@t> gmail.com
Wed Sep 17 08:08:32 CDT 2014

With declining utilization of gynecologic cytology ("Pap smears")
opportunities for cytotechnologists are decreasing, and some of them are
considering adding histotechnology to their skills and certifications. One
small hospital's pathology service I'm acquainted with is trying to retain
its cytotechnologist by cross-training her as a histotechnologist.

Certification as a cytotechnologist requires all of the course work needed
for histotechnologist certification, so that isn't a problem. And
cytopreparation requires some of the needed skills for histotechnology -
though obviously not the primary skill of cutting paraffin. What are the
requirements for a cytotechnologist to sit the registry examination for a
histotechnologist? Is the National Society for Histotechnology (NSH)
considering addressing this issue?

Bob Richmond
Samurai Pathologist
Maryville TN

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