The Histologic Technology program trains students to become histotechnicians and provide clinical support to pathologists and researchers. Application of technical expertise in processing body tissues for microscopic examination is emphasized, including frozen section assistance, embedding, microtomy and special staining techniques.
Skills and Knowledge
Skills and knowledge gained in the program include the ability to:
- Identify tissue structures and their staining characteristics
- Perform preventive and corrective maintenance of equipment and instruments
- Document histologic laboratory actions and clerical functions using medico-legal guidelines
Program Certificate and Degree Options
In this program you can earn the following:
- Associate in Applied Sciences (AAS) in Histologic Technology
- Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Histologic Technology
*Effective Fall 2015, pending Governing Board approval, the Certificate program is only an option for an applicant who has completed an Associate in Applied Science.
*Effective Fall 2015, pending Governing Board approval, the AAS and CCL program prerequisite courses will be changing. Please see “application process” and “faq” for more information.*
The certificate and associate degree programs will articulate to many state and national universities as transferable university level courses. The Arizona Course Applicability System provides information on courses, course equivalencies, and program requirements at all public universities in Arizona . This website can provide you with information on how your specific coursework will transfer and apply toward a degree program.
A partnership with NAU is available for earning a Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Sciences.
The program provides education and training for employment in various medical and bioscience laboratories. Employment is often found in healthcare facilities or laboratories.
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Graduates of both the certificate and associate degree program may be eligible to sit for national certification as a Histologic Technician through the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). National certification is not currently required for employment by some employers, and may become a future entry-level standard for employment.
The Phoenix College Histologic Technology (HT) program is accredited through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) which is located at 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, or phone number 773.714.8880.