Histologic Technicians (HT), also known as Histotechs, play a crucial role in the diagnosis, treatment and management of patients. One of the primary functions of the histology lab is the diagnosis of cancer. The histotech 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 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. A graduate earns an Associate of Applied Science Degree and is eligible to be certified by the American Society of the Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) as a Histologic Technician. Today's Histologic Technician is employed in many diverse medical settings ranging from hospital, reference, research, forensic, or physicians' office laboratories. Other employment opportunities include working in medical businesses such as medical instrument technicians or medical supply industries. In addition, a graduate using the Associate degree could further their education by obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Histotechnology (HTL).

After graduation, the student is eligible to take a national certification exam and gain the title of Histologic Technician.

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Histologic Technician - AAS

Program Information

A Career in Histological Technician

Today's Histologic Technician is employed in many diverse medical settings ranging from hospital, reference, research, forensic, or physicians' office laboratories. Other employment opportunities include working in medical businesses such as medical instrument technicians or medical supply industries.  In addition, a graduate using the Associate degree could further their education by obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Histologic Technology.

Employment opportunities are excellent in the Houston area, Gulf Coast areas, and across the United States and some employers are offering sign-on bonuses for the HT.

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Accreditation Information

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.

Employment

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 - $40,000 annually.

Program Outcomes

Number of Graduates
2017 15
2016 21
2015 10

Graduation/Retention Rates
2017 95%
2016 94%
2015 100%

ASCP Certification Exam Pass Rates
2017 100%
2016 100%
2015 100%

Job Placement Rate
100% Three-year average