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How to Choose Histology Schools

In order to work in the field of histology, students may be required to pass the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) certification exam as either histotechnicians or histotechnologists. Training programs are available at community colleges, teaching hospitals and universities.

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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
Out-of-state $7,830
SUNY Broome Community College Binghamton, New York 2-year, Public Certificate In-state $4,721
Out-of-state $8,945
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
Out-of-state $9,944
Harford Community College Bel Air, Maryland 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-district $3,341
In-state $5,429
Out-of-state $7,517
St. Phillip's College San Antonio, Texas 2-year, Public Certificate In-district: $1,418.00
Out-of-district: $3,962.00**
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

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.

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