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Histotechnology Certification

Histology is a science that involves 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. An estimated 85% of all diagnostic medical decisions are based on results produced by clinical laboratory testing.

The Histotechnology certificate program is for those students with a prior bachelor's degree looking to break into this exciting field. Our 31-week program prepares graduates to function as competent entry-level histotechnologists. The curriculum integrates didactic lectures, laboratory training, and supervised clinical experience in the histology laboratory. Typically, more than 90% of graduates pass the certification exam on their first attempt.

Become a Histotechnologist

  • Combination of classroom lectures, lab training and clinical experience at Atrium Health facilities
  • Small class sizes
  • Typically, more than 90% of students pass the national certification exam on their first attempt
  • 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.

Tuition & Fees

Carolinas College is consistently recognized by education researchers as a tremendous value when looking at lifetime earnings versus student debt. We work hard to keep our costs affordable and our tuition competitive with other institutions. For Tuition & Fee details, visit our Financial Aid page.

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.
  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). Minimum 30 semester hours in biology and chemistry, including anatomy & physiology, microbiology, organic chemistry, and college-level math.
  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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Applying to the Histotechnology program

Term Priority Deadline Start Date
Fall March 1 September
Spring July 1 January


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."