Do you interest in scientific procedures, health care, and helping people? If so, consider a career in histotechnology.

The histotechnician (HT) is a medical lab worker responsible for processing surgical tissues, biopsies, and autopsy specimens for microscopic review by pathologists. Illnesses such as cancer or serious infections can often be detected by the arrangement of cells in a tissue sample. Because you must handle tissue properly from start to finish, attention to detail and strong fine motor skills are essential. Empathy for patient well-being and the ability to manage high levels of autonomy are additional characteristics of successful histotechnicians. 

To enter the histotechnology program, choose one of two pathways:

  • If you already have an associate degree (or higher), you can pursue the Vocational Specialist Certificate: Histotechnology, which will allow you to complete the program in two semesters.
  • Associate of Applied Science in Histotechnology (four semesters)

After graduating and passing the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) exam, you’ll become nationally certified to work in laboratories across the U.S. This career path can lead to a promotion as a pathology assistant, a job in medical sales, or even a position in health care education.

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Planning to Transfer? Learn more about earning a Bachelor’s degree, earning summer credits for transfer, or dual admissions with a university by making an appointment with an academic advisor. 

Prepare for Immediate Employment

The employment prospects for the field of Histotechnology are expected to be favorable in the future, with job growth projected to be higher than the average for all other occupations. This is due to a growing demand for medical and diagnostic services, as well as advances in medical research that require the use of histologic techniques.

However, the exact rate of job growth may vary based on regional differences and other economic factors. It's always important to keep in mind that employment projections are subject to change and should be taken as estimates rather than certainties. Refer to Career Coach for more information regarding related occupations and compensations.

Median Pay Rates

Plan of Study and Course Descriptions

Review the ECC catalog for details about the histotechnology plan of study and course descriptions.

Associate of Applied Science

Vocational Certificate


The histotechnology program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, 773-714-8880Visit the NAACLS website.

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