Histology is the microscopic study of human or animal tissue and how it relates to organ function or disease processes. Emphasis is placed on the body's organ system - their structure and function. Working closely with a pathologist, a histologic technician can determine whether a disease or cancer exists like a melanoma or lymphoma. Histologic technicians develop an expertise in handling and processing tissues by fixation, processing, embedding, microtomy, and the use various staining techniques.
The histology laboratory involves the use of a variety of instrumentation like microtomes, tissue embedders, and processors. As a student, you will learn basic and specialized histologic techniques currently used in a histology laboratory. In addition, you learn how to manually process tissue samples through hands-on techniques or the use of laboratory automation.
Students pursuing this career must possess visual acuity, digital dexterity, motor coordination and enjoy working with others. They must be able to work quickly under pressure when processing patient tissue with the use of delicate instruments, sharp knives, glass slides and chemical reagents. The histology career is both challenging and rewarding at the same time.
The Histologic Technician Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Students completing our program will receive a certificate of completion and are eliglbe to apply for the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) Histologic Technician (HT) examination administered by the ASCP Board of Registry (BOR).
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Professional Organizations & Sites of Interest
The Histologic Technician Program (HLAB) maintains close ties with professional organizations representing the histology career field.
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Faculty & Staff
The Histology Technician (HLAB) program faculty are dedicated credentialed professionals with several years of clinical experience. Each faculty member has received a national certification from a recognized credentialing agency (American Society for Clinical Pathologists). All our faculty members have worked in all areas of a histology laboratory.
Melmar Ordinario, HT (ASCP)
Kelli Davidson, HT (ASCP)