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Histologic Technician


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 online Histologic Technician program at Harford Community College prepares students for the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) National Certification Examination. Students must have at least an associate degree to participate in this program and sit for the exam to become certified as Histology Technicians (HT).

Program Overview

Students completing this program are prepared to sit for the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) National Certification Examination.

This program is online with on-demand start times. Students must complete and submit all required documents, fees, and payments to be considered. Admission to the program is subject to approval by the Program Director. Once approved, students receive an acceptance email to begin the course.

Students should plan to spend an average of 20 hours per week on the combination of coursework and clinical assignments.

Clinical work is required and is designed to complement online instruction. Students perform clinical assignments in the laboratory where they work and need a certified HT or HTL to be their educational clinical mentor. The mentor reviews work, verifies the completion of assignments, and keeps the student on track. Clinical assignments are mailed to the online instructor for grading.

Students must be incumbent workers currently employed by a laboratory and hold an associate degree (in any subject) or higher from a regionally accredited college. They must have successfully completed high school and/or college-level biology and chemistry. Online courses are available for Biology and Chemistry to meet these requirements.

The cost of the program is $5,495.00. Payment is due at the time of registration. Textbooks are required and not included in the cost of the program.


National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 N River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018

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Course Required

Histologic Technician
This is a self-paced course so actual completion times will vary but students must complete the program in 10 months. Under special circumstances students may apply for an additional two-month extension. After twelve months, students are required to reapply and pay additional fees to continue in the program.

Harford Community College's Histologic Technician Program has consistently met the NAACLS benchmark for Graduation and ASCP Certification Rates.

What can I do when I complete this program?

Upon completion of this program, you'll have the skills needed to be a histologic technician working in a histology laboratory.


Please be advised that each state has the power to set its own practices. National certification does not guarantee licensure in any individual state.

New York State Residents
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.

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


Program Outcomes

Certification Exam Data

2019 23 12 11 47.82%
2020 18 9 9 50.00%
2021 15 13 2 86.67%
2022 5 5 0 100.00%
2023 29 24 5 82.71%


2019 14 12 2* 14.28% 85.70%
2020 22 18 4* 18.18% 81.81%
2021 38 31 7* 18.91% 81.58%
2022 56 48 8 14.29% 85.70%
2023 47 47 0 0% 100%

*Withdrawls were at student's request.

Employment of Histologists (Year and Outcome)

>  2019 = 100.00%
>  2020 = 100.00%
>  2021 = 100.00%
>  2022 = 100.00%

>  2023 = 100.00%