A. A. S. in Histotechnology


The Associate of Applied Science degree in Histotechnology prepares students for careers as Histotechnicians. This program includes a combination of both basic prerequisite and technical courses. In the technical portion, students will learn to prepare tissue, blood, and fluid samples for histologists or pathologists to examine under a microscope, and look for signs of abnormality or disease. The program offers two formats: a face-to-face program for students meeting pre-requisite requirements, and an online option for students meeting pre-requisites and currently working in a histopathology laboratory. The courses comprising the technical portion will be taken in Fort Worth at the Richard C. Schaffer Educational Building for the face-to-face program and online for the online option. Clinical experiences are completed at affiliated clinical hospital sites.

Jump Right In

Acceptance to the HT program is on a competitive basis. Students must successfully complete prerequisites prior to entering the technical portion of the program. Students interested in completing the online option should be currently employed in a histopathology laboratory or have access to training in a histopathology laboratory through their employer. 

After successful program completion, students will be eligible to take the histotechnician exam, which is administered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Registry. Upon passing the exam, students will be ready to start their career as a certified Histotechnician.

Designed With You in Mind

Our department faculty members are certified Histotechnologists with advanced degrees and/or specialty certifications and have various clinical experiences that offer a diverse academic presentation. Additionally, our staff is assisted by pathologists and medical laboratory scientists from several affiliated clinical laboratories.


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Estimated Completion

60 credit hours (2 years)

Application Process

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:


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Coursework Outline


ClassNumberClass Name
BIOL2401 or 2402A & P I or A & P II
HPTC3350Microbiology for Allied Health Professions
CHEM1407Fundamentals of Chemistry
PYSC2301General Psychology
ENGL1301Composition I
MATH1314 or 1332College Algebra or Contemporary Mathematics
  Humanities or Fine Arts Elective

Required Histotechnology Courses

ClassNumberClass Name
HLAB2182Introduction to Medical Laboratory Sciences
HLAB2285Capstone Cases and Review
HLAB2364Immunohistochemistry & Advanced Techniques
HLAB2335Histotechnology III
HLAB2414Introduction to Histotechnology
HLAB2415Histotechnology I
HLAB2424Functional Histology II
HLAB2425Histotechnology II
HLAB2495Clinical Histotechnology I
HLAB2496Clinical Histotechnology II
HLAB2497Clinical Histotechnology III

For more information on course, please refer to the university catalog.

Please note that all required Histotechnology courses (37 credit hours) will be taken at the Fort Worth campus.

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