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Open house to feature high-demand job field

June 12, 2013

Photo of a histotechnician

The Community College of Rhode Island invites prospective students to learn more about histotechnology, a field in which there is a critical nationwide shortage of trained professionals, at an information session and open house on June 25.

CCRI offers the only histotechnology degree program in New England. Histotechnicians prepare tissue for testing and help save lives by giving pathologists the materials and information they need to make diagnoses that can lead to early intervention and treatment.

“Nationwide there is a critical shortage of histotechnicians that is likely to get worse,” said program director Maddie Josephs. “Today, there are more jobs for histotechnicians than educated people to fill those jobs. The job market both here in Rhode Island and nationwide looks bright.”

Josephs said that all of her students who passed the Board of Certification Examination for Histologic Technicians, the test that certifies graduates of the program, have found employment. She said she regularly receives phone calls and e-mails from employers looking for qualified graduates.

At the information session and open house – held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, in Room 2319 at the Liston Campus, 1 Hilton St., Providence – prospective students can learn about the program, the profession itself and requirements to apply; meet faculty and see the student training lab; and ask questions of Enrollment Services staff members.

CCRI offers a rigorous two-year program that includes classroom work and a supervised clinical experience in a local hospital. Histotechnicians may be employed in a clinical setting in hospitals or in doctor’s offices and also work for veterinarians, in marine biology, forensic pathology or in the biotechnology industry.

For more information, visit the program's website or call 401-333-7418.

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