Digital Pathology Certificate

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Program Overview

The program will consist of seven modules to be purchased individually for professional development or as a complete series with the goal being a Certificate awarded to recognize this achievement. The course modules include:

Module 1: An Introduction & History of Digital Pathology

  • Participants will be provided an explanation of the goals, processes and overviews of modules.
  • Define the major Environments – Clinical (academic, private & reference labs), Research and Education of digital pathology
  • Understand the History/Background/Evolution of Digital Pathology - and be able to articulate the General Advantages and Disadvantages including the value proposition of digital pathology (e.g. ROI, benefits vs. costs).
  • Differentiate between Telepathology systems: Static Digital Image Capture, Dynamic or Robotic Image Capture

Module 2: Basics of the Technology

  • Define whole slide imaging systems, components, framework, hardware and software
  • Review scanners, viewers and computer monitors
  • Discuss IT Infrastructure, storage (image life cycle management), databases, interoperability
  • Discuss the process of image capture, viewing, storage and management

Module 3: Use Cases for Digital Pathology

  • Identify and discuss clinical, educational, research and histology uses for digital pathology.
  • Understand future/potential clinical uses and how it will affect the pathology lab.
  • Explain how use cases could be applied for your current lab practice.

Module 4: Selecting and Implementing a Digital Pathology Solution

  • Participants will learn how to establish requirements for selecting a digital pathology solution
  • The module will discuss how to assess digital pathology systems – Hardware & Software (network capabilities)
  • Review IT connectivity and image storage considerations
  • A brief explanation of image and pathologist validation
  • Sample Preparation – Histology
  • An introduction to best practices/standards

Module 5: Workflow Considerations & Best Practice Standards

  • Define a workflow that will best fit into your lab environment
  • Define ‘best practices’
  • An introduction to understanding what is required for quality and compliance (verification, validation and regulations)
  • Training and competency for digital pathology
  • Managing change control for the digital environment

Module 6: Image Analysis

  • Understand the importance of Image Analysis in Digital Pathology
  • Learn how to implement image analysis solutions
  • Introduce some commercially available platforms for image analysis

Module 7: Regulatory Requirements & Validations

  • Regulatory overview including CAP regulatory requirements for Digital Pathology
  • Verification and Validation for Clinical Specimens
  • Validation for Research Specimens
  • Validation in Education and Training

Online Learning

The course is scheduled to be available for purchase on in April 2018.

The National Society for Histotechnology, in collaboration with the Digital Pathology Association, are developing a new online self-paced certificate program that increases knowledge and improves competency in digital pathology/whole slide imaging.


If you have questions about the course please reach out to NSH Director of Meetings & Education, Aubrey Wanner,