Histologic Technician

Program Level: Certificates
Department: Health and Biosciences
Institute: Health & Biosciences
College: SPC

The St. Philip’s College Histologic Technician Program began remote teaching, learning, and working operations on March 23, 2020, as part of a college leadership decision related to global COVID 19 situation. This remote teaching and learning and working environment are expected to remain in place through the end of the summer semesters with exceptions made for courses that require face to face learning. For courses approved for exceptions, a small group of students (no more than 5) will be allowed to perform any skills related “check-offs” for course completion.

While this situation is ever-changing, the intent of this notice is to provide some general information to current and prospective students.


1) How will I complete my clinical hours this semester?

The St. Philip’s College Histologic Technician program is a Hybrid program and accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. We are following the recommendations by NAACLS regarding clinical courses to ensure timely program completion and graduation. Currently, we are actively working with our accreditor for approvals of our action plan for the current Spring 2020 semester.

2) How will I do my skills check off this semester?

No additional skills check-offs are necessary for any courses offered this semester.

3) What grade will I earn if I still have clinical or lab hours to complete at the semester?

The good news for HLAB students is that they will be able to finish their clinical site requirements virtually in Spring 2020 and don’t have to worry about additional on-site hour requirements.

4) Will I be able to petition my grade for credit/non-credit?

Yes, if you receive a passing grade from a class and you are not satisfied with the grade, you will be able to petition for credit/non-credit. However, if you intend to graduate from the program, you will need to retake the non-credit class. Program courses are sequential and classes are offered only once a year. You will also need to petition for readmission to the program and fulfill readmission requirements. Readmission is based on availability.

5) Are any of my summer classes going to be changed or cancelled?

The Histologic Technician program is a hybrid program.  Most courses are online, with the exception of the HLAB 1460, 1461 and 1462 - Clinical – Histotechnology, which requires students to complete clinical hours at a clinical site. This is still to be determined, but we are actively working on plans to ensure students are able to complete program requirements. However, the start date could be changed.

6) Who should I contact if I still have questions?

Please contact the program director, Lucy Escobedo at lescobedo42@alamo.edu or (210)486-2650.


1) Are applications still being accepted?

Yes, application for the Histologic Technician program are currently being accepted.  The HLAB application is due by July 31, 2020.  Please see the Application and Selection process on the webpage https://www.alamo.edu/spc/academics/programs/health-and-biosciences/histologic-technician/ webpage. Please click on the Application and Selection process tab to open the section and click on the “Apply Now tab” for the application and application checklist.

Note: unofficial transcripts will be accepted temporarily until which time campuses resume normal operation.

2) What do I do if I don’t have my TEAS score yet?

Students will be accepted if they haven’t yet taken the TEAS exam.  When TEAS testing is available, students can take the exam and submit it to the program director.   The TEAS requirement is waived for students that have prior associates or bachelors degree.

3) What do I do if I can’t complete my physical exam and immunizations before I submit my application?

There is time after acceptance to the program to obtain all clinical requirements.  These are outlined in the student handbook and reviewed with students at the program orientation.

The program orientations are the first day of Fall and Spring Semesters at St. Philip’s main campus in the CHP building room 300.

Al list of the Immunizations and other requirements can be found on the web page under the Application and Selection process tab.  Immunizations and clinical requirements are due January (Spring semester) of the students first year. Students attend clinicals in the Summer of the first year.

4) Are new students going to start on time for August 2020?

The Histologic Technician program will follow the Alamo Colleges' academic calendar posted at https://www.alamo.edu/spc/academics/academic-calendar/.  At this time, the Fall semester is scheduled to start on Monday, August 2020.  The college will post any changes to the academic calendar as an announcement on the college webpage www.alamo.edu/spc.  The Histologic Technician Program Director will follow up with an email to your college email address.

5) How will I find out if I am accepted to the program?

The Histologic Technician Program Director will send out a formal acceptance letter to your Alamo student email address.

6) Who should I contact if I still have questions?

If you have additional questions, please contact the Histologic Technician Program Director at lescobedo42@alamo.edu or (210)486-2650.

What is the Histologic Technician program?

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 - its structure and function. Working closely with a pathologist, a histologic technician can determine whether a disease or cancer exists like melanoma or lymphoma. Histologic technicians develop expertise in handling and processing tissues by fixation, processing, embedding, microtomy, and the use of various staining techniques. 

The histology laboratory involves the use of a variety of instrumentation like microtomes, tissue embedders, and processors. 

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.

What will I learn?

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.

What can I do with this course of study?

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).

What's special about the program?

The Histologic Technician Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). 

 ...expect to receive a quality educational environment which stimulates critical thinking...

Program Outcomes

Program Accreditation, Certification and Information


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
(800) 267-2727

Program Outcomes

THECB Statutory Requirement

Admissions and Prerequisite Requirements

Admissions Requirements:

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.

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Prerequisite Requirements:

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.

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Application and Selection Process

Application 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.

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Selection Process:

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.   

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Contact Information

Program Director:
Lucila Escobedo, HT(ASCP)
MLK Center for Health Professions (CHP), 330U