Frequently Asked Questions
What is Histotechnology?
Histology is the science dealing with the structure of
cells and their formation into tissues and organs.
Histotechnology is a structural science concerned with the
demonstration of cellular change, chemical composition, and
function of normal and abnormal tissue. Histology
technicians (HTs) prepare sections of body tissue for
microscopic examination by pathologists or other medical
scientists. The histology technician freezes and cuts
tissue, then mounts them on slides and stains them with
special dyes to make them visible under the microscope. The
tissue may be of human, animal, or plant origin. Prepared
sections enable pathologists to identify signs of disease,
illness, or malignancies in the body, as well as signs of
normality or improvement.
What is the HCC Online Certification in Histotechnology?
The Harford Community College Online Histotechnology
Certification program is a way for students to prepare for
the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP)
national certification examination. Those who pass the exam
are certified as Histology Technicians (HT). Certified HTs
usually work in human health care, veterinary, industrial or
The Histology Program at Harford Community College is
fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for
Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 River Road,
Suite 720, Rosemont, IL, 60018, 773-714-8880.
Learn more about this highly sought-after credential. See
The Online Program or contact us at
What do I need to do to apply?
Students need to provide the following information:
- A completed registration form
- A current email address
- Complete the following forms:
New Clinical Affiliate Summary Sheet
Clinical Facility Fact Sheet
Clinical Mentor Contact Information
- Copies of high school/college transcripts showing
completion of biology, chemistry and math (unofficial
transcripts are accepted)
- Payment (check, credit card, purchase order)
check payable to Harford Community College; cost is
Please mail your application materials and payment to:
Harford Community College
Continuing Education & Training
401 Thomas Run Road
Bel Air, MD 21015
Admission to the program is subject to approval by
the administrative coordinator.
Students have two options for registration and payment:
Students may sign up for the entire program using just
one course number. The cost for using this option is
Students may register for the course, pay ¼ down, and
have the remaining balance spread over 4 monthly
payments. The cost for this service is a one-time charge
of $25. There is no interest due. To use this payment
plan, please fill out the
FACTS Tuition Payment Form.
If making payment through the FACTS plan online, there
is no need to send a copy of the payment form to HCC. Remember to send HCC a completed course
registration form or register online.
Use the course number listed in the Noncredit Schedule
of Classes. Simply indicate FACTS Tuition Plan in the
payment section of the registration form.
You may apply online by clicking here
Laboratories who register more than one student at a
time will get a discount rate if they register students
for the entire course. Please contact us at
email@example.com or 443-412-2498 for directions on
how to obtain this multi-student discount.
How long is the course?
Since this is a self-paced course, actual times will vary
slightly for each student. Students must complete the
program in 10 months.
When can I begin this program?
There is a ongoing enrollment; however, admission to the
program is subject to approval by the administrative
coordinator based upon review of all application materials
and payment. Once accepted, students can begin the
email will be sent to the student with a password and
instructions on how to access the course.
How much time can I expect to spend each week on this
Times will vary slightly for each student; most students
should plan to spend about 20 hours per week on their
coursework and clinical assignments.
How do I complete the clinical work?
Clinical is required and is designed to complement the
online instruction. Students normally do their clinical
assignments in the same laboratory where they work. Students
will need a certified HT to agree to be their Educational
Mentor. This mentor will review your work, verify completion
of assignments, and help to keep you on track. Students
normally mail clinical assignments to the instructor for
Are there any scholarships or payment programs
There is a payment plan – students can pay 25% of the
costs at registration, with the remaining balance spread
over four equal monthly payments. There is no interest
charged for this plan, but there is a one-time $25