Histotechnician Training (AS Degree S0961)

Natural Sciences Division
Degree S0961

This program provides on-campus and on-site technical training in the field of histotechnology, focusing on routine tissue sample preparation, routine and special stains, and techniques such as enzyme histochemistry, immunohistochemistry, and in situ hybridization. Training on campus will utilize samples routinely prepared in both clinical and research facilities. As part of their formal training, students of histotechnology will utilize materials to prepare graduates for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Histotechnician (HT) or Histotechnologist (HTL) certification examination. Partnerships with local facilities will allow for work experience required for certification and provide further training for histotechnology students.

This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

Required Courses

Course Prefix Course Name Units
BIOL 1General Biology4
or BIOL 4 Biology for Majors
or BIOL 4H Biology for Majors - Honors
ANAT 35Human Anatomy5
CHEM 10Chemistry for Allied Health Majors5
or CHEM 40 Introduction to General Chemistry
or CHEM 50 General Chemistry I
or CHEM 50H General Chemistry I - Honors
MICR 1Principles of Microbiology4-5
or MICR 22 Microbiology
HT 1Introduction to Histotechnology1
HT 2Scientific Basics for Histotechnicians3
HT 10Histology3
HT 12Beginning Histotechniques5
HT 14Advanced Histotechniques5
HT 16Histochemistry and Immunohistochemistry4
HT 17Work Experience in Histotechnology (Variable Unit Course. Four units required.)4
HT 25Cellular and Molecular Biology for Histotechnicians3
Total Units46-47

The Histotechnician Training program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).


National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
(773) 714-8880
(773) 714-8886 (fax)

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