The Histologic Technician Program culminates into an Associate Degree of Applied Science. The Program offers a full-time track that can be completed in two years and a part-time track that will take three years to complete. A new class starts each fall semester. The student attends lectures and participates in student lab activities at the Coleman College of Health Sciences. Further hands-on knowledge is gained during clinical experiences in Texas Medical Center institutions and various other hospitals and clinics throughout the area. Classes conducted at these locations can begin as early as 7:00 a.m. The student is responsible for transportation to and from these locations and for parking fees.
After graduation, the student is eligible to take a national certification exam and gain the title of Histologic Technician.
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A Career in Histological Technician
All surgical specimens are sent to the histology laboratory for analysis. Sometimes, the patient requires immediate answers while still in surgery. In such instances, the histology technician must work quickly under pressure to freeze, section and stain biopsies so the pathologist can discuss the findings with the patient's surgeon.
One of the primary functions of the histology lab is the diagnosis of cancer and how far it has spread if the cancer is found to be malignant. In addition, various types of diseases and infections are detected which determine the best course of treatment for the patient. The histologist also plays a major role in the follow-up care of many patients who suffer from chronic illnesses or have transplanted organs.
The histologic technician works with a team of other health professionals and has minimal direct patient contact. One works with instruments to process, embed, and section tissue onto microscopic slides. Thereafter, the technician safely handles chemicals and dyes to perform tests on the sections to demonstrate pathological changes. Consequently, he or she must value precision and have good hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity. Finally, histologists maintain high standards by participating in continuing education seminars to further their professional development.
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The Histologic Technician Program is accredited with the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Rd.,Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018. Their phone number is (773) 714-8880.
There are 3,525 Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians employed in the Greater Houston Area. This number is expected to increase by 11.1% over the next four years.
- The estimated annual job openings is 213 jobs a year.
- Median Wages - $28.23 hourly, $59,000 annually
ASCP Certification Exam Scores
# taking % pass Program National
- 2014 10 70% 515 469
- 2015 8 100% 601 476
- 2016 12 100% 562 468
- 2014 11
- 2015 8
- 2016 14
Job Placement Rate
- 100% (three year average)