WVU School of Medicine to launch state's first histotechnology program

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – This fall, the West Virginia University School of Medicine will be offering the state’s first program dedicated to histotechnology.

Histotechnologists perform routine and complex procedures to preserve and process tissue specimens. Histotechnology is a career with job opportunities in fields such as veterinary pathology, marine pathology, forensic pathology and public health.

“Whenever someone goes in for surgery he or she will have a tissue sample removed, and the histotechnologist processes that tissue sample for diagnosis,” Kimberly Feaster, WVU histotechnology program director, said.

The histotechnology program is offered as an area of emphasis within the Medical Laboratory Science program. Students can apply for the program as sophomores and begin their junior year. Students graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree.

“There are only three accredited histotechnology programs in the United States. Nothing like this is offered in West Virginia,” Feaster said.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services predicts that by 2012 there will be a need for 138,000 lab professionals with fewer than 50,000 trained.

“In this economy, people are worried about getting jobs or losing their jobs, but this is an area where there is a shortage and a projection of a continued shortage,” Feaster said.

Applications are due July 1 and the program begins this fall.

For more information contact Kimberly Feaster at kfeaster@hsc.wvu.edu or call 304-293-7628.

To learn more about the WVU School of Medicine Histotechnology Program visit www.hsc.wvu.edu/som/histotech/index.asp.



For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087

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