Histology Classes and Training Programs

Histology is the study of organic tissue, and histology technicians work with laboratory equipment and help to conduct research. Learn about undergraduate and graduate degree programs related to histology. Explore the typical coursework for these programs, and review the laboratory component of the training. Learn more about job options in the histology field. Schools offering Clinical Laboratory Science degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Completing an associate's degree program in histology can prepare you for certification as a histotechnician, while a bachelor's or master's program is designed for students pursuing a histotechnologist career. Through any histology program, you can gain skills in related areas, such as biology, chemistry, mathematics and anatomy.

Classes Human anatomy, laboratory safety, tissue identification, infectious disease and control practices, and staining
Degrees Associate in Science in Histotechnology, Bachelor of Science in Histotechnology and Master of Science in Histotechnology
Training Preparing plant, animal or human tissue for review

What Can I Expect From a Program?

Due to the large amount of lab work required for histology programs, you will have to attend most classes in person. However, you may be able to find general education or introductory courses that are available online. Your school will likely be affiliated with one or more medical facilities, giving you an opportunity to complete your coursework in an environment approved for teaching and learning.

What Classes Will I Take?

In your coursework, you will learn to freeze, cut and stain tissue, and then put them on slides for review under a microscope. More extended study as a histotechnologist, through bachelor's or master's degree programs, may include instruction on analyzing the tissue. A large part of the courses will have a laboratory component. In some programs, you will be expected to complete a clinical rotation or practicum to pass the program. Your program may also include general education courses.

What Career Opportunities Are Available?

With a degree in histology, you will be trained to prepare plant, animal or human tissue for review. As a histotechnician or histotechnologist, you will work with pathologists to identify abnormalities or illness in the tissue. Most states require the histology professionals be licensed. Some of those states require that histology professionals are also certified by a professional organization. Once certified as a histology lab professional, you can work in hospitals, public health facilities and veterinary offices.

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