Our goal in creating this program is to provide laboratories and lab managers with a resource to train new staff that lack this foundation, and ultimately, we hope that the staff will find a passion for histotechnology and start a career in the field.
What is the Histology Training Program?
The NSH Histology Training Program is an online blended learning program. Blended learning involves traditional didactic video learning, but also incorporates graded assignments and discussions – all monitored by a subject matter expert that provides support when requested on program topics, or even on real issues facing the histotech in their lab. The majority of the training is self-paced, but it also requires participants to attend two live sessions. The live sessions vary from open Q/A with the preceptor to topics like H&E artifacts. We want participants to engage with each other so that they can build their own professional networks and hopefully continue on the career path in the field. In fact, the final module provides a variety of career pathway interviews to help participants see the career options open to them has histotechs.
The Histology Training Program was created by subject matter experts, beginning with the curriculum design team, followed by a curriculum review team for edits, and finally the course faculty. Each team has representation from different histotechnology practice areas to ensure that the topics covered are meaningful and helpful. The program also incorporates research-based learning strategies to maximize learner retention. After all, if someone doesn’t remember what they learned, what good is it in the lab?
The National Society for Histotechnology does not support “on the job training” in lieu of post‐secondary education and ASCP Certification. However, NSH does recognize the need for non‐traditional educational pathways due to the need to supplement the workforce during this time of critical workforce shortages. The Histology Training Program provides foundational education as a step on one of those nontraditional educational pathways. The Histology Training Program is not a route to ASCP certification; however, our goal is to help to fill the pipeline of working histotechs that will become future certified techs.
You can learn more about the program and see the full program outline from our website. You can also signup for a free Demo Version.
Written By: Connie Wildeman, MPA, Education Director, NSH