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Histology is a science that deals with the structure of cells and their formation into tissues and organs. Histotechnology centers on the detection of tissue abnormalities and the treatment for the diseases causing the abnormalities.

Interesting Facts

  • Currently, there are more jobs for histotechnologists than educated people to fill them.
  • Ours is one of only nine programs of its kind in the United States.
  • An estimated 85 percent of all diagnostic decisions are based on test results produced by laboratory professionals, including histotechnologists.

Strengths of the Program

  • Teaching expertise of the faculty
  • Diversity in admitted student population
  • Student satisfaction with course, instruction, and clinical experiences
  • Graduation rate
  • Graduate performance on the national certification exam
  • Graduate employment rate
  • Graduate satisfaction with the program
  • Employers' satisfaction with the program's graduates ability to meet entry-level competencies
  • Relationship of the program with clinical site managers
  • Commitment of Clinical Laboratory Network to the success of the program
  • The program lies in one of the largest healthcare systems in the nation with the full support and commitment to the success of our graduates.

Program Overview

Histotechnologists are members of a laboratory team who employ histologic technology to diagnose disease. They prepare and cut very thin slices of human, animal, or plant tissue, mount the tissue on slides, and stain with special dyes making cell details visible for microscopic examination.

The Histotechnology program is a 31-week program that prepares graduates to function as competent entry-level histotechnologists. The curriculum integrates didactic lectures, laboratory training, and supervised clinical experience in the histology laboratory.

Carolinas College of Health Sciences Histotechnology program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Graduates of the program are eligible to take the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Certification exam.
NAACLS, 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018; 773-714-8880

Preparing for a Career in Histotechnology

To prepare for a career in histotechnology, the prospective student will have completed a baccalaureate degree in biology, chemistry, or related science with heavy emphasis in biological sciences, chemistry, mat, and computer sciences.

Today, there are more jobs for histotechnologists than people educated to fill these jobs. The need is great everywhere throughout the country. Hospitals, for-profit laboratories, clinics, public health facilities, and industry currently have positions open for qualified histotechnologists. Additional opportunities are available in industrial research, veterinary pathology, marine biology, and forensic pathology.

More Information

For more information on the Histotechnology program, visit the Carolinas College information portal.