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Histotechnology Certification

Histotechnologists play a critical role in the laboratory, helping to detect tissue abnormalities in order to treat diseases. The goal of this program is to educate entry-level medical laboratory scientists who can serve in leadership, educational and technical roles within the profession.

How to Become a Histotechnologist

  • Combination of classroom lectures, lab training and clinical experience at Atrium Health facilities
  • Small class sizes
  • 93% 1st-time pass rate on national certification exam
  • 31-week program offers January and August start dates


The curriculum integrates didactic lectures, laboratory training and supervised clinical experience in the histology laboratory. 26 total credits required for completion. For full curriculum details, download the viewbook below.

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Tuition & Fees

$9,772 (tuition only)

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Loan Forgiveness

Atrium Health offers a loan agreement available to finance up to $5,000 for students enrolled in the Histotechnology program. This loan defers payment on principal and interest, and if the graduate becomes employed full-time by an eligible Atrium Health facility, a work forgiveness option is available. Questions? Contact or 704-355-5486.

Application Requirements

  1. Application –Submit your completed application by the deadline.
  2. College Transcripts – A minimum 2.5 cumulative college GPA and a minimum 2.5 math/science GPA are required.
  3. Baccalaureate Degree – Bachelor's Degree required (BA or BS)
  4. Two Completed Carolinas College Reference Forms – Using the form here.
  5. Applicants are required to come in for an on-site interview with program faculty before being notified of a decision.
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  • Rolling Admissions – classes offered as space is available
  • Notification within 4 weeks after completing your application

Brett Holida, Histotechnology alumni

As a Carolinas College student, Brett Holida loved the small class sizes, which allowed him to develop a beneficial relationship with his instructor and fellow classmates.

"That’s really hard to do in a larger college setting," he says. After graduation, Brett stepped right into a full-time role as a histotechnologist at Atrium Health's Carolinas Medical Center. "My instructor, Tracy, really prepared us to be healthcare professionals," he says. "Everything she gave us from day one was valuable for our career."