Histologic Technology (2262)
This is a limited access program.
Histologic technology professionals develop skills that reach into a variety of fields. Most commonly, these highly skilled individuals will be used in hospitals or private pathology laboratories, playing an integral role in preparing tissue specimens for the microscopic diagnosis of disease. Additionally, histology, the science of demonstrating a multitude of cellular characteristics, will be found utilized in medical, pharmaceutical and industrial research settings. The field of histologic technology is rapidly advancing, as more and more sophisticated diagnostic tools are being developed. For additional information about a rewarding career as a histologic technician or technologist, contact the National Society for Histotechnology:
National Society for Histotechnology
5900 Princess Garden Parkway, Suite 805
Lanham, Maryland 20706
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 delivery; therefore, computer skills with Internet access is a program requirement. 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. The Histologic Technology associate degree program is also offered completely online. Contact the program manager for more information.
There is an expected worker shortage of 10.9%. The U.S. Bureau
of Labor Statistics (BLS) forecasts that by 2010, the U. S. will
need to add 106,000 technicians. The typical starting salary in this field is
This limited access program 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
This program is accredited by:
The National Accrediting Agency
Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
8410 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 670
Chicago, Illinois 60631-3415
Estimated tuition for Florida residents is $4,800 (as of 07/05).
Contact the program manager for additional costs (fees, textbooks, materials).
Students must earn a grade of C or better in the histologic technology
courses and complete all campus-based courses with a grade point
average of 2.0 or better before entering the practicum phase of
their education. Placement in the clinical practicum is on a space
available basis; a GPA ranked waiting list will determine placement
should space become limited for reasons beyond the control of
- Complete 12 credits applicable to the histologic
technology degree, to include ENC 1101 or MAC 1105, and either
BSC 2010C or BSC 2085C.
- Submit completed application to the HT program.
- Complete required interview process with
the HT education coordinator and program director.
- A physical examination will be required upon
acceptance to the program.
- Applicants must have computer skills and
|General Education Courses
||English Composition I
||Principles of Biology I
||*Social and Behavioral Sciences
||Medical Terminology (for Health Professionals)
||Human Anatomy and Physiology I
||Introduction to General Chemistry
||Human Anatomy and Physiology II
||General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis I
||Histotechniques I Lab
||General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis II
||Histotechniques II Lab
||Histotechnology Practicum I
||Histotechniques III Lab
||Histotechnology Practicum II
|MLT 2193 C
Total Program Credits: 76
*Refer to A.S. degree General Education
Prior to contact with patients or patient
specimens, students must furnish proof of childhood immunizations
and Hepatitis B immunization.
You have two options in this program:
the associate in science (A.S.) degree, which can prepare you
for employment or transfer to a state university, and the associate
in applied science (A.A.S.) degree, which is intended primarily
for students who want immediate employment after graduation. Students
earning an A.S. degree must take MAC 1105, MGF 1106 or a higher
level mathematics course. Students earning an A.A.S. degree must take MAT 1033
or a higher level mathematics course and any combination of biology or
chemistry courses that have prior approval by the Dean and total 8 credit hours
or more for CHM 2045C and CHM 2046C. Suggested combinations would be as follows:
BSC 2011C and CHM 2210C or CHM 2210C and CHM 2211C.
Record of Conviction of a Crime
The Florida State Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel, in accordance with Florida Statutes,
Chapter 483 will determine a HT program graduates eligibility for licensure when there is
an arrest/conviction record. Convicted felons who have not had their civil rights restored
are not eligible for licensure in the profession of histologic technology in the state of
Florida. Students should contact the HT Department for information regarding Florida Board
of Clinical Laboratory Personnel regulations.
Clinical agencies may require students
to undergo drug screening and criminal background checks prior
to placement in the agencies for clinical experiences. Students
whose drug screening and criminal background checks are unsatisfactory
may be denied access to clinical experiences by the clinical agencies.
Withdrawal from the program may be necessary if students cannot
be placed for clinical experiences.
The cost of the background check and drug screen is borne
by the student. Additionally, it is the students responsibility
to have all paperwork completed by the programs published deadline.
Students who are unable to complete the clinical requirements after
acceptance into selective access programs are not eligible for refunds of