Histotechnology Professionals Day

What is Histotechnology Professionals Day?

On March 10, 2010, The National Society for Histotechnology (NSH) announced the inaugural celebration of an annual Histotechnology Professionals Day; a day dedicated to raising awareness about the field of Histotechnology. Despite the important role of histotechnologists on the healthcare team, the profession is still largely unknown.

Histotechnology Professionals Day is designed to change this by educating other allied health professionals, aspiring students, and the general public about the field of Histotechnology, in order to give today’s histologists the recognition their work deserves and promote the future of the profession. 

Celebrate with NSH

The Art of the Stain Contest
Submit a cool stain image to NSH's Art of the Stain Contest for your chance to have your stain featured as the logo for HPD 2020. The winner is determined by member vote on Friday, March 8th (HPD Observed). The winner also receives a free NSH membership!

Submit your Stain!

HPD Crossword Puzzle
NSH members can earn a free continuing education credit by completing this histology crossword puzzle, created by NSH's PR Committee. Click here to download the puzzle. 

Completed puzzles should be submitted here, or emailed to, by March 10th. 

Celebrate in Your Workplace

Social Media
We love to see histology labs get creative. After HPD, NSH will be creating a compilation video of our favorite HPD celebrations. Make sure your lab makes the cut (pun intended!) by posting your celebration to NSH's Histology Professionals Facebook Page, to Twitter and Instagram, and of course, The Block, NSH's member community. 

Here's some hashtags you can use to share the histo-love on HPD: #HPD, #histology, #NSH, #histotech, #science, #ihearthisto and feel free to tag us on Twitter and Instagram: @ns4histotech

In the Lab
  • Provide a tour of the histology department to other departments. It helps if you lure them in with snacks!
  • Include HPD in communications such as your voicemail and email signature. You can download the HPD logo here. 
  • Send out an email letting others in your organization know its the histology department's time to shine. 
  • Check out last year's HPD compilation video for inspiration on how you can celebrate. 

Celebrate in Your Community

HPD is all about raising awareness for the profession. Here are a few ways you can celebrate in your community, to let them know what we're all about: 

  • Participate in career days at the local high schools and community colleges 
  • Send the local newspaper a press release regarding Histotechnology Professionals Day. If you have events planned, be sure to highlight them.
  • Petition the local government to get Histotechnology Professionals Day recognized as an official holiday. Check out this article from NSH member, LaVinia Ray, who successfully received a proclamation from the governor of Alabama last year. 

HPD Celebration Resources

Visit the Histotechnology Professionals Day celebration resources page for proclamation, press release, elevator speech, and HPD toolkit resources: 

HPD Resources

T-Shirts Now on Sale

T-shirts for Histotechnology Professionals Day 2018 are now on sale! Show your histology pride in your workplace on HPD, which will be observed this year on Friday, March 9th, 2018. In order to allow adequate time for shipping and printing, all orders must be received by February 2nd.

To purchase, download the t-shirt order form, and email to

HPD T-shirt example. Writing on the image says $20 each, order 20 shirts or more and receive 10 percent off

NSH Marketplace

You can also purchase additional HPD logo items on NSH's new marketplace.