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This quality histotechnology curriculum provides hands-on training workshops, including state of the art techniques that produce slides for microscopic evaluation. These skills will allow participants to leverage their knowledge and engage expert researchers from prestigious institutions such as the NIH, FDA, USDA, University of Maryland Medical System, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and private industry. Upon completing the program, participants may apply for HT/HTL certification.

Non-traditional program with lectures and study materials presented on the Internet and classroom.

  • Class Cap: 12 Students

  • Begins: Open Enrollment

  • Length: 7 months

  • Tuition: $8200.00

  • Award: Histotechnology Training Certificate


Gross Examination

Participants will learn to visually identify tissues and organs.


Participants will learn and master the latest fixation techniques in tissue preservation.

Processing/Infiltration Techniques

Participants will be exposed to conventional methodologies in tissue processing.

Embedding Techniques

Participants will learn various mediums and orientations.

Microtomy and Cryotomy

Participants will learn the basic skills in paraffin based, fresh, or frozen tissue and sectioning.


Program participants will learn principles and practices of routine and special staining used in clinical/research settings and the final preparation of a slide.

Microscopic Examination
Finished Product

Fine-tuning skills in Quality Assurance/Control of slides for light microscopic evaluation.

What You Will Learn

Program Graduate Competencies

The Program Graduate Competencies listed below identify the major learning goals related to your specific program of study and identify the knowledge and skills you will have when you graduate to be successful in your chosen field.

  1. Receive and accession tissue specimens accurately.

  2. Prepare tissue specimens for microscopic examinations, including all routine procedures.

  3. Assist with frozen section procedures in histopathology.

  4. Identify tissue structures and their staining characteristics.

  5. Perform preventive and corrective maintenance of equipment and instruments or refer to appropriate sources for repairs.

  6. Explain factors that affect procedures and results, and take appropriate action within predetermined limits when corrections are indicated.

  7. Perform and monitor quality control within predetermined limits.

  8. Apply principles of safety to all clinical laboratory procedures.

  9. Demonstrate professional conduct and interpersonal communications skills with patients, the public, laboratory and other health care personnel.

  10. Describe the responsibilities of other laboratory and health care personnel and interact with them with respect for their jobs and patient care.

  11. Explain and act upon individual needs for continuing education as a function of growth and maintenance of professional competence.

  12. Exercise principles of management, safety and supervision within the clinical laboratory environment.

Core Curriculum Competencies

The Core Curriculum Competencies listed below identify what you will be able to do as a graduate, regardless of your program of study. You will acquire these core competencies through general education courses and program-specific coursework. You will be expected to use relevant technology to achieve these outcomes:

  1. Apply clear and effective communication skills.

  2. Use critical thinking to solve problems.

  3. Collaborate to achieve a common goal.

  4. Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.

  5. Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.

  6. Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.

What You Will Earn

Competitive starting salaries range from $40,000 - $65,000.

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