Histology is the science of studying and diagnosing diseases by observing microscopic images of cells and tissue. Students may pursue a certificate program or an associate's or bachelor's degree in order to work in the field of histology.
Schools with Histology Programs
Here's a list of schools with applicable programs:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition 2015-2016*|
|Phoenix College||Phoenix, Arizona||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-state $2,046
|SUNY Broome Community College||Binghamton, New York||2-year, Public||Certificate||In-state $4,721
|Mayo Clinic||Rochester, Minnesota||4-year, Private||Certificate, Associate's||$564|
|Argosy University||Farmers Branch, Texas||4-year, Private||Associate's||$13,560|
|Keiser University||Orlando, Florida||4-year, Private||Associate's||$17,664|
|Florida State College||Jacksonville, Florida||4-year, Public||Associate's||In-state $2,830
|Harford Community College||Bel Air, Maryland||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-district $3,341
|St. Phillip's College||San Antonio, Texas||2-year, Public||Certificate||In-district: $1,418.00
|Goodwin College||East Hartford, Connecticut||4-year, Private||Certificate, Associate||$19,950|
*Source: National Center for Education Statistics, **School Website (2016)
School Selection Criteria
Consider the following when looking for histology schools:
- Students interested in entry-level positions should complete a National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS)-accredited program.
- Students with scheduling constraints may also be interested in certificate programs because they could offer the greatest amount of flexibility through online learning.
- Students interested in management positions, as well as more advanced histological procedures including microscopy and cytometry, should pursue a career as a histotechnologist.
- Students who already hold a bachelor's degree in biology or chemistry but have not completed an NAACLS-accredited program should consider short certificate or associate's programs that offer reduced curricula based on the elimination of general education requirements.
Certificate programs in histology, accredited by the NAACLS, can qualify individuals for the ACLP exam to become a histotechnician. Basic coursework for a certificate program could include studies in specific tissues, organs and bodily systems, as well as the study of cell structure and tissues. Programs typically contain a combination of didactic, laboratory and clinical coursework.
Associate's Degree Programs
An associate's degree in histology technology can typically be completed in two years, requires general education requirements and can be applied towards a bachelor's degree program. Clinical experience in the form of an internship, externship or practicum is typically required.
Bachelor's Degree Programs
A bachelor's degree in biology, in combination with other requirements, qualifies students to take the ACLS certification exam and become practicing histotechnologists.
Before enrolling in a histology program, students should make sure that the program has the necessary accreditation, coursework, scheduling and stipulations to match their career goals and background.