Histotechnician: Student in lab.

Associate Degree Program

Histotechnologists, also known as Histologists or HTLs, are experienced laboratory personnel that prepare human or animal tissue samples for microscopic examination. Once you have prepared these samples, they are used for diagnosing disease, conducting research, and teaching medical personnel. There are several ways that you will learn to prepare slides. One way is freezing and cutting sections of tissue, mounting the sample on a slide, and staining them in order to emphasize the details. Another way that samples can be accurately examined is embedding the sample in wax. Other methods you will learn to prepare studying tissue samples include dehydration, mounting, fixation, sectioning, decalcification, and microincineration. As a histotechnologist, your work is often done while a surgical team is awaiting a pathologist's diagnosis; therefore, the work must be done extremely quick and accurate. Specialists in histotechnology are detail oriented and use their fine motor skills to integrate theoretical knowledge with the completion of tissue preparation for a specific purpose.

Academically ready students can apply to the program following the guidelines of the Allied Health competitive admission process. Interested applicants should review the information provided here and contact their program advisor for application requirements.

Offered at the Wilmington campus.

What You Can Do

In this program, you will gain the knowledge and skills to prepare you for positions in:

  • Medical field: hospitals, doctors' offices, private labs
  • Botany
  • Marine Biology
  • Pharmaceutical Research
What You Will Earn

Competitive starting salaries range from $30,000 - $40,000.

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, as an associate degree graduate, will be able to do upon completion of your degree, regardless of your major. You will acquire these core competencies through your general education courses (i.e. English, math, etc.) and your program of study courses.

  1. Communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.
  2. Demonstrate effective problem solving and reasoning skills.
  3. Work effectively in groups of people from diverse backgrounds.
  4. Demonstrate ethical and professional understanding and conduct.
  5. Apply appropriate information literacy skills to locate, evaluate and use information effectively.
  6. Use computer technology appropriate to the field.
  7. Use scientific and mathematical reasoning appropriate to the technology.
Pursuing a Bachelor's Degree?

This is a Connected Degree program that enables you to complete your associate degree and then transfer to a four-year degree program as a junior. See a program advisor for details!

Campus-Specific Histotechnician Information
This program of study is offered in Wilmington.
This program of study is offered in Wilmington.
This program of study is offered in Wilmington.

Kristen Rodick, HT (ASCP)
Program Coordinator
(302) 571-5355

This program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River RD., STE. 720
Rosemont, IL, 60018
Phone: (773) 714-8880

Licensing/Certification Exams
Board of Registry American Society of Clinical Pathology Certification Exam

Program Coordinator:
Kristen Rodick, HT (ASCP)
Program Coordinator
(302) 571-5355