What it's about

The Histotechnology curriculum provides individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare tissue specimens for microscopic examination using various stains and dyes to identify tissue and cell structures.

Jobs available

  • Histotechnician
  • Non-Registered Technician

Courses you'll take

Course work emphasizes scientific concepts related to laboratory testing, quality assurance, histology, microscopy, and other related topics.

What you'll gain

Graduates may be eligible to take the national examination given by the Board of Certification of the American Society for Clinical Pathology. Employment opportunities include pathology laboratories in hospitals and clinics and medical or research laboratories.

Who to Contact

Ron Jones

Apply on DCCC's website and meet with an enrollment counselor.


Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  1. Perform laboratory procedures safely.
  2. Integrate legal and ethical principles into job responsibilities.
  3. Recognize, analyze, and solve problems related to laboratory procedures.
  4. Demonstrate the academic knowledge and technical skills for entry-level histologic technicians.
  5. Perform mathematical calculations related to generating laboratory results.
  6. Read and understand laboratory manuals and related technical materials.
  7. Use current technologies to access and process information.
  8. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills with consumers and coworkers. 
  9. Display professionalism by projecting a positive attitude, working as a team member, showing initiative and responsibility, and displaying sensitivity to cultural diversity.

Technical Standards: 

In addition to DCCC requirements and course objectives, there are professional standards that encompass communication, motor skills, sensory and cognitive ability, and professional conduct that are essential for the competent study and practice of histotechnology. These technical standards are published in the Student Handbook.

Admission Requirements: 

Applicants for admission to the Histotechnology program must:

Complete the requirements for admission as described in the Cancer Information Management & Histotechnology Packet.

Criminal Background Check

A criminal background check and drug screen testing are required by the clinical site prior to participation in the clinical component.

If any clinical facility refuses to allow the student to participate in clinical experiences in that clinical agency, the student will not be able to progress in the program.

Progression Requirements

A student must meet all prerequisite and corequisite HTO course requirements with a grade of “C” or better in order to progress in the program.