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Histotechnician (HT)

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About the Program

Tarleton State University, a member of the Texas A&M University System, offers the Histology Technician Certification Program through its Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences in Fort Worth, Texas. Faculty members of the Department are Certified Histotechnologists with Advanced degrees and/or specialty certification and varied clinical experiences offering a diverse academic presentation. Additionally, the staff is assisted by pathologists and histotechnologists from the affiliated clinical laboratories. Upon completion of required courses from the University or an accredited  community college, students will complete 37 hours of sophomore level courses offered by the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences. These courses will comprise the certification portion of the degree plan. Upon completion of the 69-72 hour program, students will be awarded the Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) from Tarleton State University and will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination, HT(ASCP).


The Department actively collects information regarding potential jobs and makes this information available to all students. Services of the University Placement Offices are also available. Graduates of the program are employed throughout  the North Central Texas area as well as the state and the nation.

The need for Certified Histology Technicians is growing. HT graduates will find employment in a variety of fields including both research and industrial hospital settings.

Admission Requirements

HT Program applicants must complete an application and supply three reference letters (one from the community college advisors and two from faculty). Applicants must complete one biology and one math course before applying. Applicants must have completed one biology and one math course before applying. The Tarleton HT program has a minimum requirement of 33-35 semester hours applicable toward an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree that must be completed prior to admission. Students entering with an associates or baccalaureate degree must have 12 hours of biology including microbiology, 4 hours of chemistry, 3 hours of math (MATH 107 or higher) and 3 hours of english

Tuition / Scholarships

Tuition and fees are charged in accordance with the fee structure for the University. Tuition and fees may be calculated at A semester by semester estimate of tuition and fees will be provided at the Program Preview Session. Additional expenses incurred include: room, board, books, liability insurance, physical exam, immunizations, uniforms, drug screen and background check. As an enrolled student of the University, the HT student is eligible for scholarships and loans through the Financial Aid office of the University. Additionally, some local scholarships are available for students within the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences

Application procedures & Deadlines

Three classes per year are accepted, one in January, one in June and one in August. Students are admitted on a competitive basis through an evaluation based on academic performance from transcripts and letters of reference. Official transcripts from all colleges must be submitted. A $35 non-refundable application fee will be charged for all applications. Application deadlines are March 15 for June classes, June 15 for August classes and October 15 for January classes. All transcripts, applications and references must be received prior to deadline dates. All applicants must reapply if they wish to be considered for future entry dates. Applications may be found at


The program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119, (847) 939-3597 Students are encouraged to develop professional growth by participating as student members in professional societies such as NSH and TSH. Extracurricular activities include participation in local and state meetings and a local chapter of Lambda Tau National Medical Laboratory Science Honor Society

Graduation / Certification

Upon successful completion of the professional program, graduates are eligible to take the national certification exam, Histotechnician, HT (ASCP). Students will receive their Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree from Tarleton State University. Awarding of the certificate and degree from Tarleton is not contingent upon passing national certification exams.

Degree Requirements

Students seeking the associate degree from Tarleton State University must complete the following 33-35 prerequisite hours at the University or other accredited community colleges. Tarleton State University offers the following prerequisite courses:

HT Prerequisite Courses

Course Credit Hours
ENGL 111a 3
MATH 107b 3
BIOL 219 or BIOL 120c 4
CHEM 101 or CHEM 105c 4
Fine Arts Elective or Humanities 3
PSY 101 3
COMS 101 or 102 3
BIOL 220 or BIOL 121c 4
BIOL 307 4
2 hr Allied Health Elective or CHEM 108c    2 or 4
TOTAL 33-35


a. English: Students will be placed into English courses in accordance with the University’s Placement and Continuing Enrollment Rules. Students must enroll in English during their first semester at Tarleton and every regular semester thereafter until the freshman English core curriculum requirement [i.e., ENGL 111 & 112] has been satisfied.

b. Mathematics: Students will be placed into mathematics courses in accordance with the University’s Placement and Continuing Enrollment Rules.  Students must enroll in mathematics during their first semester at Tarleton unless they are eligible for placement into college-level mathematics [MATH 107 or higher]. Students eligible for placement into college-level mathematics may choose to postpone initial mathematics enrollment until their second regular semester at Tarleton. Following initial mathematics enrollment, students must enroll in mathematics every regular semester thereafter until the freshman mathematics core curriculum requirement [MATH 107 or higher] has been satisfied.

c. Students planning to articulate from the AAS to BS must choose BIOL 120, 121 and CHEM 105, 108.

HT Professional Courses:

HLAB 2821, 295, 214, 215, 2962, 224, 225, 2973, 2853, 234, 235

1A student MUST enroll in this course during their first semester whether it is Fall, Spring or Summer term.

2 A student MUST enroll in this course during their second semester whether it is Fall, Spring or Summer term.

3A student MUST enroll in this course during their final semester whether it is Fall, Spring or Summer term.  

Prerequisite courses may also be completed at the community colleges below with the course numbers listed at the hyperlink

*Students with an associate degree or baccalaureate degree who do not wish to earn the the AAS from Tarleton must have the following prerequisites: Biology: 12 hours including Microbiology; Chemistry: 4 hours; Math: 3 hours; English: 3 hours

It is the policy of Tarleton State University to maintain complete equality in offering of all benefits to students without regards to sex, race, color, or national origin.


Located in the central hospital district of Fort Worth, at 1501 Enderly Place, the Department has current affiliations with 15 area hospitals:

Histotechnology Clinical Sites

  • Baylor All Saint’s Hospital
  • Baylor University Medical Center
  • Baylor Medical Center at Irving
  • Cook Children’s Medical Center
  • Huguley Memorial Hospital
  • John Peter Smith Hospital (TCHD)
  • Medical Center of Plano
  • MD Pathology at Presbyterian Hospital of Plano
  • Parkland Memorial Hospital
  • Plaza Medical Center
  • UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Texas Heath Resources Arlington Memorial Hospital
  • Texas Heath Resources Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital
  • Texas Heath Resources Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital
  • Texas Heath Resources Harris Methodist HEB


For Additional Information Contact:
Glenda Hood, M.Ed., HT(ASCP)
HT Program Director
Tarleton State University
1501 Enderly Place, Fort Worth, Texas 76104
(V)817.926.1101   (F)817.922.8103

    Forms and Applications

    To apply to this program, complete the HT application and mail to the address on the application with the $35 non-refundable application fee.  Three academic and/or professional references are required along with original transcripts from all universities and/or colleges attended.

    After you are accepted into the program, you will then be instructed to apply to Tarleton State University: