Histology Schools & Programs

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Arizona

Phoenix College

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Phoenix College offers a NAACLS accredited, hybrid based certificate or associate degree program in Histologic Technology. The hybrid design enable students to work while completing the program. The program is based in Arizona and serves the entire state. Students outside of Arizona need to be employed in a histology laboratory to be eligible for the program.

Arkansas

Baptist Health College Little Rock

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School of Histotechnology

  • Class Cap: 5
  • Begins: July
  • Length: 12 mos
  • Award: Diploma
  • Tuition: $6,000 per year

California

Mt. San Antonio College

Histologic Technician Program

  • Class Cap: 24
  • Begins: Fall Semester
  • Length: 4 semesters
  • Award: HT-AD

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Connecticut

Goodwin College

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Histotechnician Program

Students complete the didactic portion online and labs on campus (hybrid), we also offer the program in a traditional on campus setting in addition to the hybrid.

  • Begins: September & January
  • Length: 12 Months
  • Award: HT-C
  • Total Credits: 36-37
  • The prerequisites include college level Human Biology and Chemistry with a grade of C+ or aboive or High School Bio/Chem with a grade of C+ or above if taken within 5 years of applying to the program.
  • The Histologic Science Program may be completed in three or four semesters.

*The certificate program is a milestone program.  Students who successfully complete the certificate program then transfer those credits to the Associate Degree in Histology.

Delaware

Delaware Technical & Community College

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Histotechnician Program

The Histotechnician Program provides comprehensive educational experiences that enable qualified students to acquire the knowledge, skills and behaviors necessary to be eligible for the ASCP certification and for employment as histology technicians.

  • Class Cap: 6
  • Begins: Summer Semester
  • Length: 2 Years
  • Tuition: Res $1299, Non-Res $3247.90
  • Award: HT-AD

Florida

Barry University

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Histotechnology Specialization Programs:

BS Clinical Biology/Histotechnology specialization - Rolling admissions; fall, spring or summer start date. Plan to apply 3 months prior to the semester chosen to start. Evening, weekend and daytime classes. Program duration dependent on credit evaluation of previous college experience. Award: BS in Clinical Biology with a Specialization in Histotechnology. After successful completion of program student are eligible to sit for the HTL exam.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Histology - Fall start date only. Plan to apply by early spring. Evening and late afternoon classes. Program duration is 9 months. Award: Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Histotechnology. After successful completion of program students are eligible to sit for the HTL exam.

MS clinical Biology/Histotechnology Specialization - Rolling admissions; fall or spring start date. Plan to apply 3 months prior to semester chosen to start. Evening, weekend and daytime classes. Program duration is 12 months for full-time students. Award: MS in clinical Biology with a Specialization in Histotechnology. After successful completion of program students are eligible to sit for the HTL exam. 

Florida State College at Jacksonville

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Associate in Science, Histologic Technology

This limited access program, accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) enables the graduate to sit for the ASCP Histologic Technician examination. Students who pass the HT (ASCP) exam will be eligible for Florida licensure in histotechnology through the Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel, Department of Health. Students are evaluated for acceptance into the program based on academic criteria (completion of prerequisite courses) and interview. Selected histologic technology courses are formatted for Web-based and hybrid delivery; therefore, computer skills with Internet access is a program requirement. Distance students are welcome. Students may find it difficult to work during the practicum phase of the education (last two semesters) due to the number of required contact hours per week. Students will be expected to perform in a professional manner during the campus and practicum phases and must have excellent coordination skills.

Keiser University

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Keiser University’s Associate of Science degree in Histotechnology prepares students to work as Histotechnicians in a variety of anatomic pathology laboratory settings. The Histotechnology program is designed to develop technical and intellectual skills as well as developing individuals with a commitment to quality patient care, a passion for the profession, and continued growth within the field. Students learn the core requirements of histotechnology including processing and embedding of surgically removed anatomic specimens and microtomy. Student will master routine and special staining and Immunohistochmistry techniques that make it possible to distinguish tissue components through microscopic examination.

Keiser University Histotechnology Program at Orlando Campus was NAACLS accredited in 2010:

  • Students learn the core requirements of histotechnology
  • To receive an Associate of Science Degree in Histotechnology students must earn 67.0 credit hours
  • Students are eligible to sit for ASCP HT exam and to apply for different state licenses
  • Award: Associate of Science in Histotechnology
  • Length of core Program: 10 month, Daytime program for 1st 8th month from 8-1 p.m., M – F
  • Class Cap: 15

Keiser University Histotechnology Program at Pembroke Pines Campus was NAACLS accredited April 12, 2012:

  • Students learn the core requirements of histotechnology
  • Core Program Start Dates: Every 8 months
  • Length of Program: Daytime program from 8-1p.m., M – F
  • Class Cap: 15
  • To receive an Associate of Science Degree in Histotechnology students must earn 64.0 credit hours
  • Students are eligible to sit for ASCP HT exam

Miami Dade Community College

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Histologic Technician Program

  • Class Cap: 20
  • Begins: January
  • Length: 24 months
  • Tuition: Res: $116.22/per credit Non-res: $400.51/per credit (Special fees may apply)
  • Award: HT-AD

Georgia

Albany State University 

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  • Class Cap: 20 Begins: Fall & Spring Semester
  • Length: 8-12 mos/2-3 semesters
  • Tuition: Res: $1,680 Non-Res: $5,220
  • Special Fees: $417 Financial Aid Available
  • Award: HT-AD and/or HT-C

Illinois

Elgin Community College 

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Vocational Specialist Certificate

Associate of Applied Science Degree

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OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center

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Histotechnician Program: OSF HealhCare Saint Francis Medical Center

  • Class Cap: 1-3
  • Begins: September
  • Length: 7 months
  • Tuition: $3500 per year
  • Award: HT-C

Indiana

Indiana University School of Medicine 

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Histotechnology Certificate Program - Online:

Non-traditional Histology Training (web): I.U. has been teaching HT students at a distance since 1995. The program is taught online to students employed in histology labs across the United States. The highly structured didactic course material consists of interactive-recorded lectures, videos, chat room, and discussion forums as well as review games and is available online 24/7. Live web-conferences are required weekly to ensure student comprehension. Practicum course work is completed concurrently in the student’s lab of employment.

  • Begins: August (Application deadline May 1st)
  • Length: 10 months
  • Tuition: All students pay a flat rate equivalent to in-state tuition, regardless of residency.
  • Financial Aid: Federal Student Aid (FASFA and VA) is available.
  • Accreditation: NAACLS
  • Award: Graduates are eligible to take the HT (ASCP) exam, Certificate from Indiana University School of Medicine, 24 university credits can apply toward an associate degree

Associate of Science in Histotechnology Program - Online:

The Associate of Science in Histotechnology degree requires a total of 62 credit hours of course work. Completion of the certificate-level course work (24 credit hours) is required before pursuit of the associate degree. Alternately, the previously certified HT(ASCP) may apply for special credit in lieu of completion of the certificate course work. In other words, Indiana University will award you 24 credit hours for you ASCP certification. Required general-education courses may be transferred from any accredited college or university or you can complete them through the Indiana University School of Continuing Studies independent study courses. NOTE: In order for I.U. to award the degree a minimum of 30 credit hours must be completed from I.U. (special credit does not apply). The 6 credit hour histotechnology capstone course, offered by distance education online and web-conferencing, will be taken as you near degree completion.

  • Begins: Open enrollment
  • Financial Aid: Federal Student Aid (FASFA and VA) is available.
  • Award: Associate of Science in Histotechnology

Maryland

Harford Community College 

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Histologic Technician Program:

Non-traditional program with lectures and study materials presented on the Internet.

  • Class Cap: 24
  • Begins: Open Enrolment
  • Classes are available 24 hours a day
  • Length: 10 mos
  • Tuition: $3995.00
  • Award: HT-Certificate

Histotechnician Program, AAS:

  • Class Cap: 6 Begins: Sept. Length: 24 mos
  • Tuition: Res: $77/credit Non-res: $231/credit
  • An additional consolidated fee of 10% per semester will be charged to both residents and non-residents
  • Award: HT-AD
  • Evening and weekend classes available

Michigan

Beaumont Hospital 

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Histologic Technician and Histotechnologist Programs:

The School of Histologic Technicians (HT) is a 7 month laboratory NAACLS-accredited certificate program working with tissues from operating rooms, doctors' offices and autopsy. During the 7 am - 3:30 pm program, Monday through Friday, students learn the theory and technical skills in the Histology laboratory, related to infections, cancer and tissue abnormalities.

  • Tuition: either pay affiliated community college for 12-15 credits, or if already have AA/AS degree then pay Program $2500
  • Award: Certificate of completion

The School of Histotechnologists (HTL) is an 11.5 month NAACLS-accredited certificate laboratory program working with tissues from operating rooms, doctor's offices and autopsy. During the 7 am - 3:30 pm program, Monday through Friday, students learn the theory and technical skills for the Histology laboratory, Muscle enzyme histochemistry, Immunohistochemistry, Electron microscopy, and Molecular pathology.

  • Tuition: either pay affiliated University for 24-28 credits, or if already have BA/BS degree then pay program $5000
  • Award: Certificate of completion
  • In addition, students learn management and education methodology principles, problem-solving and troubleshooting expertise, as well as research skills

Detroit Medical Center University Laboratories 

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DMCUL, School of Histotechnology, NAACLS accreditation, is a unique program contenting both Histotechnician (HT) and Histotechnologist (HTL), curriculum and clinical rotation experience. The graduates are eligible to take the HT, ASCP exam with an Associate Degree in Applied Science and HTL, ASCP exam with a Bachelor Degree in Science. The curriculum courses work concurrently with the practice lab and clinical rotation, consisting of: accessioning, distribution, tissue processing, embedding, microtome, automatic and manual staining, special staining and Cytopreparation.

DMCUL is a well diversity campus, housing over nine hospitals, where students develop skill sets in Immunohistochemistry, Enzyme Histochemistry and Electron Microscopy. The practice lab is a six months on hand experience, upon completion students submit selective blocks, H&E and special stain slides to Medical Advisory, for Competency Assessments, before entering into the Histology Department Clinical Laboratories rotation, an additional eight weeks clinical rotation gives the students work experience.

  • Begins: January
  • Length: 8 months, M-F; 7:00 am – 3:30 pm
  • Accreditation: NAACLS
  • Award: HT/HTL Certificate

Lansing Community College 

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Associate in Applied Science - Histotechnician Program:

The Histologic Technician Certificate program includes 16 Directed Histotechnology Study credits to be taken over a period of 2 academic years at the Ingham Intermediate School District as well as 8 additional credits through Lansing Community College. Successful completion of the certificate program allows graduates to sit for the national certification examination given by the Board of Registry. Upon successful completion of the certification exam, and an additional 46 specified credits, an Associate in Applied Science degree will be granted. Histologic Technicians with an Associate in Applied Science degree will have greater job opportunities in human diagnostic laboratories.

  • Class Cap: 6
  • Begins: August
  • Length: 24 months
  • Award: HT-C

Minnesota

Argosy University/Twin Cities 

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Histotechnology Program AAS

  • Begins: Jan/May/Sept
  • Length: 21 months

Visit the website for information on the HT Program.

Mayo Clinic 

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Mayo School of Health Sciences (MSHS) in Rochester, Minn., offers a nine-month Histology Technician Program. The program provides an exceptional educational experience by offering high-quality didactic and clinical experiences needed to create a well-rounded, fully competent histology technician. Instruction is provided on how to properly accession, gross, fix, process, embed, cut and stain tissue, as well as troubleshoot technical issues that may arise in the laboratory setting. Didactic and clinical experiences in electron microscopy, immunohistochemistry, cytology preparation techniques, enzyme histochemistry and molecular pathology are unique aspects to our program highlighted in our enrichment curriculum.

Mission: Our commitment is to develop bright, ambitious future leaders in the field of histology proven through outstanding academic achievement and highly proficient technical aptitude.

Vision: The Histology Technician program will offer an unparalleled educational experience by consistently providing high quality histology curriculum in a blended learning format. 

North Hennepin Community College 

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New York

SUNY Cobleskill 

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  • Class Cap: 16
  • Begins: Aug & Jan
  • Length: dependent on prior education but at least one academic year on site is required.

Graduates will receive an AAS degree with the Histotechnology option and they will be eligible for National Certification by the ASCP. Graduates are eligible for New York State Licensure.

North Carolina

Carolinas College of Health Sciences/Carolinas Medical Center 

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Histotechnology Program

Traditional HTL level program in the School of Clinical Laboratory Sciences located at Carolinas College of Health Sciences in Charlotte, NC. This is an accelerated 31-week full time on-campus post bachelor’s certificate program. The program has two classes a year starting in January and May. Applications are considered on a rolling cycle with first consideration to those submitted by June 1 for the next year’s enrolment. This program offers a well-rounded educational experience by offering high-quality didactic, student laboratory, and clinical experiences to produce a highly trained and skilled histotechnologist. Instruction on accessioning, gross techniques, fixation, tissue processing, embedding, routine and special staining, immunohistochemistry, molecular techniques, troubleshooting, cytology preparation, problem solving, education, research, management, and special techniques will encompass the student’s training. Clinical training is conducted in the laboratory of Carolinas Medical Center. This program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science.

North Dakota

University of North Dakota 

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Histology Certificate Program

  • Start: The program has a rolling admission start date – spring, summer, or fall. The application process should be started a minimum of 2 months before expected semester start date.
  • Length: The Certificate Program can be completed in as little as two semesters.
  • Tuition: The tuition rate is equivalent to the in-state tuition rate for all students entering the program, regardless of residency.
  • Award: HT-C
  • Curriculum: The curriculum consists of both lecture (didactic) and laboratory courses. All coursework is conducted at the clinical affiliate. The lecture courses are designed to provide the necessary knowledge to pass the national registry exam. The laboratory classes verify job entry level skills through a series of competencies and affective evaluations.

Ohio

Lakeland Community College 

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Lakeland’s Histology program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

Lakeland’s Histotechnology program is a two-year program leading to an associate of applied science degree in Histotechnology. The program combines basic science, general education, histology theory and laboratory practice. Lakeland students receive personal attention from a faculty currently employed in the histology field and gain hands-on training in a simulated hospital laboratory on campus. In addition, the program provides students with over 480 clinical training hours at area laboratories.

Pennsylvania

Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center 

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Histotechnician Program

  • Class Cap: 8
  • Begins: End of August
  • Length: 24 months
  • Tuition: $8,250 per year
  • Award: HT-C
  • Financial Aid available. Approved by Veterans Administration for financial aid.

Drexel University College of Medicine 

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The Drexel MHP Program is a 1 year (12 month) NAACLS accredited program composed of 9 months of classroom and laboratory studies and a 3 month practicum in a hospital based Histology Laboratory culminating in a Master’s of Science degree and HT/HTL exam eligibility. Tuition and fees »

Harcum College 

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Histology Technician Program
Histotechnician Program, AAS

  • Begins: Rolling admissions. Plan to apply 3 months prior to the semester chosen to start.
  • Length: 24 months
  • Tuition: Part-Time Student is $640 per credit

Course available online. All of the required HT specific courses in the program are available on-line, as well as a majority of the required general education courses. The program includes a 3-hour/week practicum lab each fall and spring semester with“hands-on” learning of specialized procedures under the supervision of a certified histologist. Labs are offered Monday-Friday from 8am-4pm. These courses can be taken at any accredited college/university convenient to the student and transferred into the Histotechnician Program at Harcum College provided a minimum grade of “C” is earned.

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center 

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Histotechnology Program

The 12 month certificate program begins in July of each year and combines both didactic and practical training. Located in a academic community, the Histotechnology School is a joint effort among UPMC's Department of Pathology, Magee-Womens Hospital, Children's Hospital, and Presbyterian-Shadyside Hospitals in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The education is conducted under the close supervision of experienced pathologists and histotechnologists at UPMC facilities. The school is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Graduates are eligible to take the HT, ASCP BOC.

Rhode Island

Community College of Rhode Island 

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Histotechnician Program

This is a two-year Histotechnician program offering an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree.
Cost: The typical cost of the program for a full-time student is the current CCRI tuition for five semesters, books, lab coats, uniforms and travel expenses to the clinical sites. The total cost of a two-year program is approximately $5000.
CCRI accepts approximately 15 students into the Histotechnician Program each May. If students have prior college education or clinical experience, they can gain advanced placement into the program.

South Carolina

Medical University of South Carolina, Medical Center 

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Histotechnology Program

The Medical University of South Carolina offers both traditional and distance education.

The traditional program begins in September and the distance education programs begins in April and September. Both programs are 11 months.

Tennessee

University of Tennessee, Health Science Center 

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Masters of Cytopathology Practice Program

Unique in the United States, this program is a master’s level dual cytotechnology (CT) and histotechnology (HTL) program. This 22-month post baccalaureate program provides students with ASCP certification eligibility in two highly desirable fields. In addition to routine and advanced histotechnology practice, this program provides the student with cytopathology expertise at the microscope and with a foundation in molecular methods. Classroom sessions are supplemented with extensive laboratory training as well as with 12 weeks of cytology and histology clinical rotations in anatomic pathology laboratories across the South.

  • Classes begin in August of each year
  • Application cutoff is April 15, with preference given to early applicants
  • Class limit: 6

Texas

Argosy University, Dallas 

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Histotechnology Program AAS

  • Begins: January/May/September
  • Length: 22 months

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Houston Community College 

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Histologic Technician Program AAS

The Program culminates into an Associate Degree of Applied Science. The Program offers a full-time track that can be completed in two years and a part-time track that will take three years to complete. A new class starts each fall semester. The student attends lectures and participates in student lab activities at the Coleman College of Health Sciences. Further hands-on knowledge is gained during clinical experiences in Texas Medical Center institutions and various other hospitals and clinics throughout the area. Classes conducted at these locations can begin as early as 7:00 a.m. The student is responsible for transportation to and from these locations and for parking fees.

After graduation, the student is eligible to take a national certification exam and gain the title of Histologic Technician.

Medical Education and Training (METC) 

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Defense Health Agency, METC Histotechnician Program

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St. Philip's College

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Tarleton State University 

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The Associate of Applied Science degree in Histotechnology prepares students for a career as histotechnicians. The program includes prerequisite basic courses, followed by a technical portion. In the technical portion, students will learn to prepare tissue, blood, and fluid samples for histologists or pathologists to examine under a microscope, and look for signs of abnormality or disease.

Location: Tarleton's Schaffer Education Building, Fort Worth, Texas

University of Texas, Health Science Center at UT Health San Antonio 

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Histotechnology Training Program

Students attend classes and clinical rotations throughout the year M-F, 8am-4:30pm. Students will attend approximately 100 hours of classroom instruction and 1,000 hours of clinical rotation. Classes include Histology, Gross Anatomy and Microanatomy. Clincal rotations include UTHSCSA labs; STR Histology, STRL Electron Microscopy, and San Antonio Cancer Insitute. Students also rotate through the Histology & Cytology Labs at University Hospital. South Texas Derm and Precision Laboratories are included in the clinical rotations as enrichment sites.

  • Class Cap: 4
  • Begins: August
  • Length: 12 months
  • Tuition: $0
  • Award: HT-C

University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center 

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Histotechnology Programs:

BS HTL 12 Month Program - Prerequisites for 1 year program student must meet the Texas Core curriculum prerequisites and have earned 90 SCH inclusive to 27 SCH combined course work in biology & chemistry

BS HTL 24 Month Program - Prerequisites for 2 year program student must meet the Texas Core curriculum prerequisites and have earned 60 SCH inclusive of 17 SCH combined course work in biology & chemistry.

  • Class Cap: 15 for 12 Month Program & 15 for 24 Month Program
  • Begins: August
  • Tuition: Res: $6,870.70 Non-Res: $18, 650.70

Virginia

Sentara RMH School of Histotechnology 

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The RMH HTL Program is a one year school that includes six months of lecture and student lab followed by six months of rotation through six hospital histology labs. Each student will rotate through all six rotation sites for four weeks. Rotations will be in RMH (Rockingham Memorial Hospital) Histology Lab, Norfolk General Hospital Immunohistochemistry Lab, Norfolk General Hospital Histology Lab, Martha Jefferson Hospital Histology Lab, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center Histology Lab, and Williamsburg Regional Medical Center Histology Lab. Block teaching will be utilized in the didactic segment of the program with progression of courses from Fixation, Processing/Embedding, and Microtomy to Staining. Many of the lectures will be projected by video-teleconferencing equipment from Norfolk and Williamsburg to RMH. The rest of the lectures will be in person. Two way communications will be utilized in the video-teleconferencing. The entering students will be required to have a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 30 credits in biology and chemistry (minimum of 12 credits in each of chemistry and biology) prior to beginning the program. A certificate will be awarded at the completion of the school.

*The school is in the process of obtaining accreditation from NAACLS. The program officials have been approved.

Washington

Clover Park Technical College 

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Associates in Applied Science, Histology Technician Program

  • Start Date: September, once a year
  • Length of Program: Daytime program from 8-2pm, M-F; sequential program content, Four quarters (4), with internship ending in July
  • Class cap: 15
  • Award: AAS-T and preparation for taking the ASCP board certification exam in HT, as well as practical exam if applicable

*Those interested in obtaining HTL certification training may contact Bekki Haggerty for instruction to be arranged

West Virginia

West Virginia University School of Medicine Histotechnology Program 

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  • Class Cap: 5
  • Begins: August
  • Length: 5 semesters
  • Award: HTL/B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science

Wisconsin

Marshfield Labs/St. Joseph's Hospital/Marshfield Clinic 

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Histotechnician Program

  • Class Cap: 3
  • Begins: September
  • Length: 12 months
  • Award: HT-C