Histotechnology Certificate program
Being a Histotechnologist
Histology is the dynamic and evolving science dealing with the microscopic structure of cells and their formation into tissues and organs. In medical laboratories, the histotechnologist prepares human tissues for microscopic analysis by a pathologist using a variety of fixation and staining techniques to make their constituent cells visible under the microscope. Well prepared sections enable pathologists to identify signs of disease, illness, or malignancies in the body, as well as signs of normality or improvement. Histotechnologists also perform manual and automated immunohistochemistry, electron microscopy, and enzyme histochemistry procedures. Employment opportunities are excellent.
As a histotechnologist, you will prepare very thin slices of human, animal or plant tissue for microscopic examination. In doing so, you will become an important part of the intricate process of scientific investigation that requires tissue examination, especially in establishing and confirming patient diagnosis.
Histology is a structural science concerned with the demonstration of cellular morphology, chemical composition and function of normal and abnormal tissue. Many dyes and chemicals are used in histology and it is necessary to know their composition and how they act and react with each other. This knowledge, combined with an understanding of tissue composition, enables the histotechnologist to appropriately treat the tissue of interest. The end result yields a tissue section exhibiting distinct colors, making it possible to distinguish tissue structures through microscopic examination.
The histotechnologist, who plays an integral part in tissue preparation, operates and maintains delicate instruments that help to enhance and reproduce the consistent results necessary for microscopic diagnosis.
Histotechnology is a dynamic profession with new technology and methodology continually evolving. Once formal training is complete, there are numerous opportunities for continuing education via professional state societies and through the National Society for Histotechnology.