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Histologic Technology

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) 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. An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Histologic Technology is also available.


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Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Academic Plan
Histologic Technology (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total Credits Required
Catalog Year
What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Application of safety and government standards and compliance to the histology laboratory setting.
  2. Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct in all histology practices.
  3. Communicate utilizing sufficient medical terminology to serve the public, patients and members of the healthcare team.
  4. Implement quality assurance and quality control principles to tissue collection, tissue preparation, frozen section procedures, and microtomy and microscopy procedures.
  5. Application of proper collection, preparation, staining, processing, and analysis of biological specimens and other substances including reporting of results.
  6. Application of methodologies and techniques including problem solving and troubleshooting for histology techniques and instrumentation.
  7. Utilize computer applications of laboratory information systems and laboratory instrumentation in performing histology techniques.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this certificate 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


* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Admission Criteria

High school diploma or GED.
Completion of an Associate's degree or higher in a health science discipline from a regionally accredited institution of higher education recognized by the Maricopa County Community College District.
Completion of Program Prerequisites.
Proof of current immunization: Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR), tuberculosis skin test (TB), varicella, tetanus, diphtheria, 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.

Course Sequence by Term

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.

Full-time Sequence

Term 1 Program Prerequisites

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1 Program Prerequisites
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BIO156 or
Introductory Biology for Allied Health or General Biology (Majors) I SQ 4
MAT14+ or
Mathematics or Mathematics Complete MAT14+ or satisfactory completion of a higher mathematics course. 3–6

Term 2 Program Prerequisites

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2 Program Prerequisites
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BIO201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I SG 4
CHM130 and
Fundamental Chemistry and Fundamental Chemistry Laboratory SQ 4

Term 3 Program Prerequisites

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3 Program Prerequisites
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L 3
BIO202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II SG 4

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HST180 Overview of Histology (Anatomic) Laboratory Critical course Gateway course 2
HST181 Chemistry of Fixation Critical course 3
HST182 Microtomy 5

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HST183 Practicum: Chemistry of Fixation 1
HST184 Practicum: Microtomy 1
HST185 Cellular Biological Staining 5
HST186 Cellular Biological and Immunohistochemical Staining 5

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HST187 Practicum: Cellular Biological Staining 1
HST188 Practicum: Cellular Biological and Immunohistochemical Staining 1
Course Area Key

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.


Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

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 Certificate of Completion in Histologic Technology (

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.

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog YearEffective Dates
2019-20205/28/2019 – 5/25/2020