Academic qualifications vary for the professional field of histotechnology, with associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs available to prepare graduates.
Schools with Histotechnology Programs
Here's a list of schools with relevant programs:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition 2015-2016*|
|Barry University||Miami, Florida||4-year, Private||Bachelor's, Master's, Certificate||Undergraduate: $28,800
|Drexel University||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||4-year, Private||Master's||$31,239|
|West Virginia University||Morgantown, West Virginia||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||In-state $7,632 Out-of-state $21,432|
|Tarleton State University||Stephenville, Texas||4-year, Public||Associate||In-state $6,630
|Harford Community College||Bel Air, Maryland||2-year, Public||Associate, Certificate|| In-district $3,341
|Darton State College||Albany, Georgia||4-year, Public||Associate, Certificate||In-state $3,395
|Medical University of South Carolina||Charleston, South Carolina||4-year, Public||Certificate||$3,600|
|Elgin Community College||Elgin, Illinois||2-year, Public||Associate, Certificate||In-district $2,868
*Source: National Center of Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Consider the following when looking for histotechnology schools:
- To enter the field of histotechnology, students need a minimum of an associate 's degree in clinical or laboratory sciences.
- Both undergraduate levels, paired with adequate laboratory practice, typically prepare graduates for voluntary certification.
- Some states also require clinical lab technicians to obtain licensure.
Associate Degree in Histotechnology
An associate degree in histotechnology can be completed in two years and may qualify students to obtain professional certification as a histotechnician and meet any necessary licensing requirements. Prerequisites for some programs may include several college-level medical and science courses, background checks, CPR certification and health testing. Coursework offers intensive laboratory practice and may include on-site experience through an affiliated hospital, clinic or research lab.
Bachelor's Degree in Histotechnology
A bachelor's degree in histotechnology may be offered as a concentration within a broader program, such as laboratory science or clinical biology. Programs typically take four years to complete, though transfer students from an associate program may participate in a truncated curriculum. Extensive clinical rotations are generally required at both on-campus laboratories and through affiliated institutions.
Master's Degree in Histotechnology
Master's degree programs in histotechnology may be completed in 1-2 years of full-time study. A graduate program in histotechnology is commonly designed for students already holding a bachelor's degree in a related field, such as biology or health sciences. Several hours of practical experience and research is required during the final semester of a master's program. Students are often required to complete a capstone project.
Students interested in a histotechnology program should make sure they are properly prepared for licensure and certification.