Histotechnology Department

histotechnology students working hands-on in lab

The mission of the Alamance Community College Histotechnology Program is to graduate histotechnicians with entry-level competencies to include technical and professional skills acquired through relevant training as defined by current professional expectations and the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science. The major program goal is to graduate students who will effectively and efficiently perform pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical laboratory tasks in a manner consistent with the stated objectives of the histotechnology program and possessing the theoretical knowledge necessary to become certified histotechnicians through the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

To fulfill the mission and goals of the Histotechnology program, the following Program Outcome Measures and Benchmarks have been developed.

  1. Graduate Employment: 100% of graduates who seek employment in the field will be employed within six months of program completion. (Note: positive placement includes graduates that choose to continue with their education).
  2. ASCP Board of Certification Examination Pass Rate: 80% of graduates who take examination within one year of program completion will pass on first attempt.
  3. Graduation Rate: 80% of students who enter second year, professional-phase courses will successfully complete the program.

Each of the outcome criteria is evaluated systematically to determine if the Histotechnology program is meeting its goals and data is used for program improvement. Outcomes data is available to prospective students, currently enrolled students, and other interested individuals.

Graduate Employment within Six Months
2020-2021 2019-2020 2018-2019
100% 100% N/A*
2018-2021 Average: 100%

* As a newly established program, there were no graduates with an AAS in Histotechnology during the 2018-2019 academic year, thus no employment data is available


ASCP BOC Pass Rate
2021 2020 2019
33% N/A* N/A*
2018-2021 Average: 33%

* There were no graduates of the program who attempted the ASCP certification exam in 2019 and 2020, thus no pass rate data is available


Graduation Rate
2020-2021 2019-2020 2018-2019
86% 67% N/A*
2019-2022 Average: 77%

* As a newly established program, there were no graduates with an AAS in Histotechnology during the 2018-2019 academic year, thus no graduation data is available


The ideal student has:

  • A natural aptitude for science
  • The ability to be accurate, reliable, and work well under pressure
  • Good communication skills
  • An  interest in helping people through the disease diagnosis process

Our curriculum prepares students to use biology and chemistry knowledge and technical skills to help prepare tissue samples for examination under a microscope.

Coursework includes instruction in:

  • Histotechniques
  • Histochemistry
  • Histopathology
  • Microscopy
  • Quality assurance

The ACC Histotechnology program is in the process of becoming accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). While this accreditation/ approval process has not yet been completed, graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Certification exam due to the current “serious applicant” status of the Histotechnology program through NAACLS.

Why choose ACC for your histotechnology education?

  • Enjoy flexible schedules (full-time/part-time options, evening classes)
  • Receive hands-on training from expert professors
  • Earn a valuable degree that is sought after by area employers
  • Keep your debt low (multiple financial aid options)
  • Benefit from connections with local companies

Histotechnology, a component of ACC’s Biotechnology Center of Excellence, was identified by the local and regional bioscience industry as a workforce development need for Alamance County.

Technical Standards

Students entering the program must meet specific emotional, behavioral, physical, and cognitive standards. This information is found in the admissions office and in the program handbook.

View Histotechnology Technical Standards (PDF)

Students qualifying for special accommodations to these standards may contact the Coordinator for Special Needs and Counseling at 336-506-4130 for more specific information.

Learn More and Apply

Interested in learning more about where training in histotechnology can take you? Request more information, apply today or call to speak with our team at 336-506-4196.

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