Histologic Technician

Histologic Technician

About the Program

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.

AWARD TYPES: Associate of Applied Science

AREA OF STUDY: Health Sciences

Degrees and Certificates

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Meet K.L. Cao

HCC Coleman College continues to transform the lives of countless students every day. Learn more about K.L. Cao, Histologic Technician, Class of 2024, and get inspired to start your own rewarding career in healthcare!

Program Information

A Career in Histologic Technician

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 Histologic Technology.


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.


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Licensure/Certification Exam Results

The Histologic Technician program graduates licensures/certifications are issued by the nationally recognized American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP).

2022 Third-Party Licensure/Certification Exam Results

Occupational licensure and/or certification pass rates are reported by calendar year (Jan. 1 – Dec. 31). Results for the 2020 and 2021 calendar years are provided for comparison.

Program/Aligned Award Agency Standard HCC Standard 2021 Pass Rate (# Passed) 2022 Pass Rate (# Passed) 2023 Pass Rate (# Passed) 2023 Results
 Histologic   Technician AAS 75% 75% 71% (5)

100% (9)

100% (8)

Exceeds Expectations


Graduates & Retention

Outcome Measures 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023
Graduation Rates 100% 100% 100% 100%
Attrition Rates 0% 0% 0% 0%
Placement Rates 100% 100% 100% 100%



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.


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Marketable Skills

Learn more about the marketable skills—skills valued by employers that can be applied in variety of work settings—so you can communicate these to potential employers. Click on the relevant award title below to see descriptions of marketable skills for that area.

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Career Opportunities

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Applications for this program are accepted during the window listed in the Admissions Guide, and application evaluations will begin once the window closes. All admissions communications will be sent to your personal and HCC email, so please check them regularly.

1. Complete an information session

Learn more about the Histological Technician Program by completing an online information session.
The online information session is a mandatory requirement of the admission process.


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2.  Review the Admissions Guide

Please review the Admissions Guide for the desired program:

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3.  Are you a current/former HCC student?

If you are currently/formerly a registered HCC student with a valid student ID number and preferred email address, please proceed to step 4.

If you do not yet have an HCC student ID number, please apply for HCC at www.applytexas.org 

4. Apply to the program

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Histologic Technician