In order to become a histotechnologist, you’ll need to have a bachelor’s degree and certification from a National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) or Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation (CAHEA) accredited program. Certification is highly recommended because many employers require it. The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) offers national certification and testing, which earns histotechnologists the title Certified Histotechnologist (CHTL).
Difference between a histotechnician and a histotechnologist:
- The histotechnician receives their training through a laboratory-sponsored program or completes an Associate Degree in Applied Science Technology. A histotechnician can assist the histotechnologist, but cannot perform many of the higher-level tasks.
What are Histotechnologists like?
Based on our pool of users, histotechnologists tend to be predominately investigative people.
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Histotechnologists by Strongest Interest Archetype
Based on sample of 42 Sokanu users
Education History of Histotechnologists
The most common degree held by histotechnologists is Biology.
21% of histotechnologists had a degree in biology before becoming histotechnologists. That is over 6 times the average across all careers.
Histotechnologist Education History
This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Histotechnologist, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.