Histology is the study of tissue and tissue structure and how it relates to organ function. Emphasis is place on the body's organ system - their structure and function. Working closely with the pathologist, the histologic technicians, the pathologist can determine whether disease or pathology exists; for example, cancer. Histologic technicians develop expertise in handling and processing tissues by fixation, processing, embedding, microtomy, and staining.
The further study and practicing of histology involves the use of instrumentation: for example, microtomes, embedders, and water baths. Basic techniques in staining and specialized techniques are also involved as a histology technician student.
After completing the required academic and histologic technician courses, students will receive a certificate of completion and will be eligible for certification examination administered by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.
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 with human tissue, fragile & delicate instruments, very sharp knives, glass slides and chemicals.
The Histologic Technician Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Students completing our program may apply for the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) Histologic Technician (HT) 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.