Histotechnology Program

Consider a career as a Histology Technician. 

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 it on slides and stains it 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.

The Harford Community College Ten-Month 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 research laboratories.

To be eligible for this ten-month comprehensive program, you must be an incumbent worker, currently employed by a laboratory. Prerequisites include successful completion of high school and/or college biology, chemistry, and math. Need to take math, biology, and or chemistry?  Visit www.ed2go.com/harford  for more information on taking these classes online.

Please note, after December 10, 2015, prospective students will be required to hold an Associates Degree in addition to the above-mentioned prerequisites in order to participate in this program. This new requirement complies with NAACLS standards for accredited programs.

This Continuing Education and Training Online Histotechnology 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.

Please be advised that each State has the power to set its own practices. National certification does not guarantee licensure in any individual State. In addition, Harford Community College is not authorized to register students from certain states. To learn more about distance learning authorization by state, refer to the application or the information by state.

Enrollment is on demand. The cost of the program is $4,945. Textbooks are required and not included in the cost of the program.

To apply for this program, complete the admission packet and mail to Histotechnology Program, 401 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air, MD  21015 or fax to 443-412-2110.


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443-412-2498 or email