The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Histologic Technology program prepares students to provide clinical support to pathologists and researchers through application of technical expertise in processing body tissues for microscopic examination, frozen section assistance, embedding techniques, microtomy, and special staining techniques. Students in the Histologic Technology program will be in contact with potentially infectious blood, tissues, and body fluids. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Histologic Technology is also available.
Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses required within the program.
Completion of Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics courses within the last eight (8) years is required.
This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:
- Application of safety and government standards and compliance to the histology laboratory setting.
- Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct in all histology practices.
- Communicate utilizing sufficient medical terminology to serve the public, patients and members of the healthcare team.
- Implement quality assurance and quality control principles to tissue collection, tissue preparation, frozen section procedures, and microtomy and microscopy procedures.
- Application of proper collection, preparation, staining, processing, and analysis of biological specimens and other substances including reporting of results.
- Application of methodologies and techniques including problem solving and troubleshooting for histology techniques and instrumentation.
- Utilize computer applications of laboratory information systems and laboratory instrumentation in performing histology techniques.
Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.
Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians
- High school diploma or GED.
- Completion of Program Prerequisites.
- Proof of current immunization: Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR), tuberculosis skin test (TB), varicella, tetanus, diphtheria, and Hepatitis B vaccine (HEB) and Seasonal Flu vaccine.
- Submit current CPR card for Health Care Provider and maintain current status throughout the practicum(s).
- Complete and submit the health declaration form signed by a licensed health care provider.
- Submit to a drug screening and demonstrate negative results.
- Ability to fully participate in classroom, laboratory, or clinical setting program activities.
- A formal application and admission or readmission to the Histologic Technology program is required.
- Application to the Histologic Technology program can be obtained from a Health Professions Advisor, the Program Director, or via the Phoenix College Health Professions, Fitness and Wellness Web site.
Background Check Requirements
Admission to an Allied Health program requires that students be in compliance with the Maricopa County Community College District Supplemental Background Check policy. Program applications will not be accepted without a copy of an Arizona Department of Public Safety Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card. Upon conditional program admission, the student must comply with all requirements of the current MCCCD background check policy.
The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:
- Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
- The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
- Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
- Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
- Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.
Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.
Term 1 Program Prerequisites
|ENG101 or |
|First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL||Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement test score, or a grade of C or better in ENG091 or ESL097 or WAC101, or a grade of B or better in ALT100, or (a grade of C in ALT100 AND Corequisites: ENG101LL or ENG107LL OR WAC101 OR ENG100A+). or Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement test score, or a grade of C or better in ENG091 or ESL097 or WAC101, or a grade of B or better in ALT100, or (a grade of C in ALT100 AND Corequisites: ENG101LL or ENG107LL OR WAC101 OR ENG100A+).||Critical course||FYC||3|
|BIO156 or |
|Introductory Biology for Allied Health or General Biology (Majors) I||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in RDG100, or RDG100LL, or higher, or eligibility for CRE101. One year of high school or one-semester of college level chemistry is strongly recommended. or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in RDG100, or RDG100LL, or higher, or eligibility for CRE101. One year of high school or one semester of college-level biology and chemistry is strongly recommended.||SQ||4|
|MAT14+||College Mathematics||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in each of the following courses: (MAT055, MAT056, and MAT057), OR a grade of C or better in MAT085 or MAT09+ or MAT12+, OR an appropriate district placement.|| Critical course Complete MAT14+ or satisfactory completion of a higher mathematics course. |
MAT courses must be completed within eight (8) years prior to admission or readmission to the Histologic Program
|SB||Social-Behavioral Sciences (SB)||3|
|AAA/CPD115 or |
|Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development||0–3|
Term 2 Program Prerequisites
|CRE101||College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking||Prerequisites: (A grade of C or better in ENG101 or ENG107) and (appropriate reading placement test score or a grade of C or better in RDG095 or RDG100 or RDG111 or RDG112 or RDG113 or permission of Instructor).||Students must have completed the CHM130 and CHM130LL within eight (8) years prior to admission or readmission to the Histologic Program.||L||0–3|
|CHM130 and |
|Fundamental Chemistry and Fundamental Chemistry Laboratory||Prerequisites: C or better in [(CHM100 or MAT090 or MAT091 or MAT092 or higher or satisfactory math placement) and (RDG100 or RDG100LL, or higher or eligibility for CRE101 as indicated by appropriate reading placement)] or permission of the Instructor. and Prerequisites or Corequisites: A grade of "C" or better in CHM130.||SQ||4|
|ENG102 or |
|First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL||Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG101. or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG107.||FYC||3|
|COM100 or |
|Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication||No requisites or No requisites or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG101, or ENG107, or equivalent. or No requisites||SB or L||3|
|BIO201||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||Prerequisites: C or better in (BIO156, or BIO156XT, or BIO181, or BIO181XT, or 1 yr of high school biology) and (RDG100, or RDG100LL, or higher, or eligibility for CRE101). CHM130 or higher or one year of high school chemistry suggested but not required.||Students must have completed the BIO201 within eight (8) years prior to admission or readmission to the Histologic Program.||SG||4|
Term 3 Program Prerequisites
|HU||Humanities, Arts, and Design (HU)||3|
|HCC130 or |
|Fundamentals in Health Care Delivery or (Health Care Today and Workplace Behaviors in Health Care and Personal Wellness and Safety and Communication and Teamwork in Health Care Organizations and Legal Issues in Health Care and Decision Making in the Health Care Setting)||0–3|
|HCC145AA||Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals I||0–1|
|BIO202||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in BIO201 or BIO201XT.||Students must have completed the BIO202 within eight (8) years prior to admission or readmission to the Histologic Program.||SG||4|
Fall Semester (Term 4)
|HST180||Overview of Histology (Anatomic) Laboratory||Critical course Gateway course||2|
|HST181||Chemistry of Fixation||Critical course||3|
|Free Elective||Fee Elective||Recommended 2 credit elective if needed to meet degree credit requirement||2|
Spring Semester (Term 5)
|HST183||Practicum: Chemistry of Fixation||1|
|HST185||Cellular Biological Staining||5|
|HST186||Cellular Biological and Immunohistochemical Staining||5|
Summer Semester (Term 6)
|HST187||Practicum: Cellular Biological Staining||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in HST185.||1|
|HST188||Practicum: Cellular Biological and Immunohistochemical Staining||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in HST186.||1|
Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.
Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.
Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.
View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Histologic Technology (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=135144).
At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.
The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. All previous catalog years for this pathway map are available at the link below.Previous catalog years for Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Histologic Technology