Histologic Technician Program

An integral part of the laboratory team, histologic technicians are responsible for cutting, staining, and preparing tissue samples for pathologists to review to diagnose disease or conduct research.

The Harford Community College 10-month Histologic Technician Certification Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, 773-714-8880.

This program prepares students for the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) National Certification Examination. Students must have at least an Associate's Degree to participate in this program and sit for the ASCP pass the exam to become certified as Histology Technicians (HT). Students who have a Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university with a combination of 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) of biology and chemistry (must include credit hours in both) are eligible to complete this program and sit for the Histotechnologist (HTL) certification exam.


  • Students must be incumbent workers currently employed by a laboratory
  • Associate's Degree or higher from a regionally accredited college/university
  • Successful completion of high school and/or college level biology and chemistry
  • Completion of an admission packet

The Associate's Degree can be in any subject. Online courses are available for Biology and Chemistry to meet these requirements.

The cost of the program is $4,945; a $200 multi-student discount is available. Textbooks are required and not included in the cost of the program.

Textbooks & Materials:

Our Histologic Technician Program has consistently met the NAACLS benchmark for Graduation & ASCP Certification Rates.

Florida Students:

Students from Florida are required to obtain a Clinical Laboratory Trainee License. For more information, refer to Special Note to Florida Residents.


Please be advised that each State has the power to set its own practices. National certification does not guarantee licensure in any individual State.  At this time, we are not able to accept students who intend to work in New York due to the state's licensure requirements.  For more information, refer to the New York State Education Department and Special Note to New York Residents.

Texas Residents:

Residents of Texas should know that Harford Community College is not regulated in Texas under Chapter 132 of the Texas Education Code. For more information, refer to Special Note to Texas Residents.

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

Enrollment is on demand, so there are no predetermined start dates for the program and students can enroll at any time throughout the year.

For information about the course outline and learning objectives, preview the Student Manual.

Scholarships are available for this program through the National Society for Histotechnology!

Contact Information:

For more information, please call
443-412-2498 or email