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ACC's Histotechnology Program prepares students to enter the field of life sciences and play a key role in helping others through the process of disease diagnosis.

Proven Program Outcomes and Benchmarks:

  • Graduate Employment
    100% of graduates who seek employment in the field will be employed within six months of program completion.
  • ASCP Board of Certification Examination Pass Rate
    80% of graduates who take examination within one year of program completion will pass on first attempt.
  • Graduation Rate
    80% of students who enter second year, professional-phase courses will successfully complete the program.
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Learn more about Histotechnology.


Histotechnology students learn by doing.

Histotechnology involves biology, chemistry and related technical skills. As a histotechnologist, you will be a specialist who prepares tissue samples for examination under a microscope. You will be an essential part of medical, research, veterinary and forensic laboratory teams.

In this program, you will have coursework in histotechniques, histochemistry, histopathology, microscopy and quality assurance. This program has a flexible schedule with full-time and part-time options and evening classes available. Histotechnology was identified by the local and regional bioscience industry as a workforce development need for Alamance County, therefore you will be earning a valuable Associate of Applied Science degree sought by employers in the area.

Histotechnology Technology graduates earn $29-41 hourly.

(Median range. Contingent on economy and geographic location)

What you'll learn

  • Histotechniques
  • Histochemistry
  • Histopathology
  • Microscopy
  • Quality assurance

Jobs you'll qualify for

  • Histology technician
  • Surgical pathologist assistant
  • Pathology hospital technician
  • Research associate
  • Laboratory manager

Curriculum plan

Earn a valuable degree to qualify for professional employment in only two years.

Associate Degree

Take the deepest dive into Histotechnology with a two-year Associate in Applied Sciences degree. Gain exposure in all areas of Histotechniques, Histochemistry, Histopathology, Microscopy and Quality Assurance to prepare for a lucrative career in the industry.

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Our students graduate with a full comprehension of the histotechnology discipline – enough for them to adapt to the abundant career offerings in the industry.

Qualified histotechnologists are needed by hospitals, for-profit laboratories, clinics and public health facilities. Other opportunities are available in industrial research, veterinary pathology, marine biology and forensic pathology.

By completing this program, you will be prepared with biology and chemistry knowledge and technical skills to help prepare tissue samples using dyes and chemicals that enhance the colors and contrast of the cell and tissue structures, making abnormalities easier to identify under microscopic examination.

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