Histologic Technician

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

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 - 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 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.  

Degrees and Certificates

Histologic Technician Level 2 Certificate

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 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 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
http://www.naacls.org

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
http://www.ascp.org/Board-of-Certification

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)
lescobedo42@alamo.edu
210-486-2650
MLK Center for Health Professions (CHP), 330U