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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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.
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.
Licensure/Certification Exam Results
The Histologic Technician program graduates licensures/certifications are issued by the nationally recognized American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP).
2021 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 2019 and 2020 calendar years are provided for comparison.
|Program/Aligned Award||Agency Standard||HCC Standard||2019 Pass Rate (# Passed)||2020 Pass Rate (# Passed)||2021 Pass Rate (# Passed)||2021 Results|
|Histologic Technician AAS||75%||75%||80%(15)||100%(8)||71%(5)||
Graduates & Retention
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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Histologic Technician, A.A.S.
Histologic Technician Information Session
Learn more about the Histologic Technician Program by completing an online information session.
The online information session is highly recommended in the admission process.
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