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A maximum of five HTL students are accepted into each of the 43-week program.

First Half 

  • 16 weeks of Histotechnique & Histology coursework. Includes lectures and lab work including:
    • Hand staining 
    • Microtomy
    • Embedding
    • Grossing
    • Frozen specimen sectioning and staining

Second Half

  • 9 weeks that include Electron Microscopy, Muscle Enzymes, Immunohistochemistry and Molecular Pathology coursework. Includes lectures, lab work and an introduction to the clinical laboratory including:
    • Embedding breast and biopsy specimens
    • Optimization of IHC antibodies
    • Microtomy and ultramicrotomy
    • IHC hand staining
    • EM staining
    • Research projects
  • 15 weeks of clinical laboratory rotations inlcuidng:
    • Histology at multiple campuses
    • Immunohistochemistry
    • Electron microscopy
    • MOHS

Student progress is assessed throughout the program with exams and performance evaluations. Students must successfully complete each course to satisfy the requirements of the program.

To obtain a copy of the most recent Student Policy Handbook, please contact Jamie Pert via e-mail at

Certification Exam

Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the certification exam for Histotechnologists (HTL) administered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification.

American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification
33 West Monroe Street
Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 800-267-2727
Fax: 312-541-4472

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