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Help patients receive the right diagnosis and care.

Histotechnicians work in medical laboratories to prepare tissue samples to identify diseases in patients. In our program, you'll learn how to use a variety of techniques and laboratory equipment to prepare microscopic slides of tissue that are reviewed by pathologists to determine a patient's diagnosis and treatment plan. During the second year of the program, you will gain hands-on experience in a variety of hospitals or clinical laboratory departments.

Once you graduate, you'll be ready to take the histotechnician certification exam offered by the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Certification and begin your brand new career.

Career Degree

The School of Health Sciences offers the following Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree. Maryland refers to the A.A.S. as a career degree, because it's intended to provide you with skills to enter the workforce. 

Histotechnician A.A.S.

In the Histotechnician (A.A.S.) program, students to learn to:

  • Perform routine laboratory procedures for all major areas of the study of tissue samples.
  • Identify tissue structure and staining characteristics.
  • Learn histochemical tissue stains and immunohistochemistry.
  • Learn how to use and maintain histotechnology instrumentation.
  • Apply safety and regulatory principles.
  • Troubleshoot and perform quality control measures.
  • Demonstrate professional and interpersonal communication skills.

In the second year, students rotate through different hospital or clinical laboratory departments to gain hands-on experience. Upon graduation from the Histotechnician program, you will be prepared to take a national credentialing examination.


Job Outlook

Once you graduate, you'll have excellent opportunities to enter your new career in health care. You can begin working in a clinical laboratory as a histotechnician or conduct laboratory research. You may also pursue additional education to earn your bachelor’s degree. 

For outlook information about specific careers, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Scholarship Opportunities

Paying for college should be simple! Scholarships are available for the histotechnicians of tomorrow.

Learn more about how to apply for grants and scholarships.


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Briana Zeck, MS, HTL (ASCP)

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Meet Program Director Briana Zeck

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Interests: Crafting, farming, homemade herbal remedies 

A Little More: Briana Zeck teaches the next generation of histotechnicians, crucial members of the medical laboratory team. In her teaching she embraces AACC’s core value of creativity and innovation.

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