Histologic Technician

Histologic Technician

About the Program

Histologic Technicians (HT), also known as Histotechs, play a crucial role in the diagnosis, treatment and management of patients. One of the primary functions of the histology lab is the diagnosis of cancer.

AWARD TYPES: Associate of Applied Science

AREA OF STUDY: Health Sciences

Degrees and Certificates

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Program Information

A Career in Histologic Technician

The histologic technician works with instruments to process, embed, and section tissue onto microscopic slides. Thereafter, the technician safely handles chemicals and dyes to perform tests on the sections to demonstrate pathological changes. Consequently, he or she must value precision and have good hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity. A graduate earns an Associate of Applied Science Degree and is eligible to be certified by the American Society of the Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) as a Histologic Technician. Today's Histologic Technician is employed in many diverse medical settings ranging from hospital, reference, research, forensic, or physicians' office laboratories. Other employment opportunities include working in medical businesses such as medical instrument technicians or medical supply industries. In addition, a graduate using the Associate degree could further their education by obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Histologic Technology.


Accreditation Information

The Histologic Technician Program is accredited with the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Rd.,Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018. Their phone number is (773) 714-8880.


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Licensure/Certification Exam Results

The Histologic Technician program graduates licensures/certifications are issued by the nationally recognized American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP).

2022 Third-Party Licensure/Certification Exam Results

Occupational licensure and/or certification pass rates are reported by calendar year (Jan. 1 – Dec. 31). Results for the 2020 and 2021 calendar years are provided for comparison.

Program/Aligned AwardAgency StandardHCC Standard2020 Pass Rate (# Passed)2021 Pass Rate (# Passed)2022 Pass Rate (# Passed)2022 Results
 Histologic   Technician AAS 75% 75% 100% (8) 71% (5)

100% (9)

Exceeds Expectations


Graduates & Retention

Outcome Measures2017-20182018-20192019-20202020-20212021-2022
Graduation Rates 100% 82% 100% 100% 100%
Attrition Rates 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Placement Rates 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%



There are 3,525 Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians employed in the Greater Houston Area. This number is expected to increase by 11.1% over the next four years.

  • The estimated annual job openings is 213 jobs a year.
  • Median Wages - $40,000 annually.


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Marketable Skills

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Histologic Technician Information Session

Learn more about the Histologic Technician Program by completing an online information session.

The online information session is highly recommended in the admission process.

Once you have completed the information session, you will receive an email containing the admissions application.

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