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Associate in Science/Associate in Applied Science

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.

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.

For additional information about a rewarding career as a histologic technician or technologist, visit the National Society for Histotechnology online. You can also write to the National Society for Histotechnology, 5900 Princess Garden Parkway, Suite 805 Lanham, Maryland 20706.

Expected Job Growth: 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.

Starting Salary: $28,000 - $36,000

Certification and Licensing
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 of Health.

This program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) at 8410 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 670, Chicago, Illinois 60631-3415.

Application Procedure

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 the program.

  1. Complete 12 credits applicable to the histologic technology degree, to include ENC 1101 or MAC 1105, and either BSC 2010C or BSC 2085C.
  2. Submit completed application to the HT program.
  3. Complete required interview process with the HT education coordinator and program director.
  4. A physical examination will be required upon acceptance to the program.
  5. Applicants must have computer skills and Internet access.


General Education Courses
ENC 1101 English Composition I (3)
BSC 2010C Principles of Biology I (4)
MAC 1105 College Algebra (3)
*Social and Behavioral Sciences (3)
*Humanities (3)

Credit hours: 16

Professional Courses
HSC 1531 Medical Terminology (for Health Professions) (3)
BSC 2085C Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
CHM 1025C Introduction to General Chemistry (4)
BSC 2086C Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
MCB 2010C Microbiology (4)
CHM 2045C General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis I (4)
MLT 2190C Histology (4)
MLT 2191 Histotechniques I (4)
MLT 2191L Histotechniques I Lab (1)
CHM 2046C General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis II (4)
MLT 2192 Histotechniques II (4)
MLT 2192L Histotechniques II Lab (1)
MLT 2840L Histotechnology Practicum I (5)
MLT 2194 Histotechniques III (3)
MLT 2194L Histotechniques III Lab (1)
MLT 2841L Histotechnology Practicum II (7)
MLT 2193C Histopathology (3)

Credit hours: 60

Total Program Credits: 76

*Refer to A.S. degree General Education Requirements.


Prior to contact with patients or patient specimens, students must furnish proof of childhood immunizations and Hepatitis B immunization. Contact program chairperson for additional information.

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.

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.


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