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 eligible to apply for the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Histologic Technician (HT) certification examination administered by the ASCP Board of Certification (BOC).
For further information on HLAB program options, please select a topic of interest from the list below.
Professional Organizations & Sites of Interest
The Histologic Technician Program (HLAB) maintains close ties with professional organizations representing the histology career field.
Additional career and related information for Histologic Technician career fields may be obtained at the following sites:
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.
Lucila Escobedo, HT (ASCP)
Melmar Ordinario, HT (ASCP)
Kelli Davidson, HT (ASCP)
Program Accreditation and Licensure
The St. Philip's College Histologic Technician Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency of Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
National Accrediting Agency of Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
(847) 939-3597 or (773) 714-8880
After completion of the Histologic Technician Program students may apply for the HT (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC), computer exam.
American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP)
33 West Monroe St, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60603
Admission and Prerequisite Requirements
I. GENERAL ADMISSION PROCESS
It is required that all Histologic Technician Program applicants follow the procedures below. Unsuccessful completion of all items within the mandated time-frame will preclude the application and therefore the application will not be considered for admission review.
- Meeting criteria for selection does not guarantee admission to the program. Final selection will be based on the applicant pool and space available.
- All applicants must complete all the course prerequisites prior to submitting their applications. For questions or concerns pertaining to the prerequisites, please contact the program director.
- Complete application packets for the program must be mailed and postmarked by USPS no later than June 30th for entry in to the Fall semester class (see application checklist for mailing instructions).
--completion of the TEAS exam
--submission of all official transcripts from all colleges attended (see application checklist for more information)
By submitting an application packet, an individual verifies that he/she has:
1) Read the web page
2) Obtained all necessary documents
3) Understood the procedures to be followed for admission into the Histologic Technician Program
II. PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENTS
1. All applicants must complete all college course requirements prior to submitting their application. All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.
These courses are:
- MATH 0320
- ENGL 1301
- HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I
- CHEM 1405 - Introductory Chemistry I
- BIOL 2404 Human Anatomy and Physiology (both BIOL 2401 & 2402 may replace BIOL 2404)
2. Standardized Testing
All applicants are required to take a standardized test. For all Health Science Programs, applicants will be taking the Assessment Technology Institute (ATI) The Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) standardized exam. The TEAS is a web-based exam that helps identify students with the best chance of success in the Health Sciences field. The TEAS is a multiple choice assessment of basic academic knowledge that covers Reading, Mathematics, Science and English language usage.
The cost of the exam is $81. The exam may only be taken once every 6 months.
- Students must register prior to taking the exam.
- Click here to register for the TEAS exam.
- Students interested in improving their test scores may retake the TEAS test once per academic year, for a total of two attempts.
- The resulting overall score will be used in the applicant ranking process.
- Click here to access study materials for the TEAS exam.
Application and Selection Process
Applications for admission to the Histology Technician Program (HLAB) are accepted throughout the year. It is recommended students submit a complete application packet once prerequisites have been completed and submitted by June 30th for consideration for the Fall semester class.
Applications are reviewed and processed before the Fall semester for consideration for the next available class. Failure to complete and submit all requested paperwork before the start of the Fall semester results in forfeiture of placement within the program
You may download APPLICATION AND CHECKLIST FORMS here. For further assistance, questions or concerns, please contact the program director.
After careful review of all applicants by the program director and faculty, applicants who are selected will be notified by email of their acceptance or nonacceptance into the program. If you are accepted, you will be emailed a acceptance letter to complete the items listed below. The acceptance letter will give you directions to where and when to complete your criminal background check and drug screen.
1. Pass a mandatory criminal background check and drug screen (at the student's expense).
2. Complete either a Basic CPR or CPR for healthcare professional course and submit a copy of card as verification.
3. You must show proof of current immunization status. The immunization requirements are mandated by the State of Texas for all Health Science students as part of entry into the program. Failure to complete the required immunizations will prevent the student from participating in clinical rotations. The immunizations consist of:
a. TB skin test
b. Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (DTAP)
c. Mumps/Measles/Rubella (MMR)
d. Hepatitis A
c. Hepatitis B
e. Bacterial Meningitis
f. Flu shot/H1N1 immunization
4. The student must have proof of medical insurance. Students must be covered for accident and sickness prior to attending their clinical rotation. If your medical insurance covers both accident and sickness, you must provide proof of coverage to the Program Director. If you have any further questions or concerns pertaining to medical insurance, please contact the Program Director.