Medical Histology Technician Degree

Trains the student to prepare thin sections of human tissue for microscopic examination.

Degree Info at a Glance

Type: AAT or AAS-T Degree

Approx. # of Quarters: 4

Estimated Cost: $9,882.68

Admission Dates: Fall quarter

Prerequisites: Before starting the program, students must have a high school diploma or equivalency. In order to participate in the clinical aspect of the program, students must receive a No Record on File Report related to Crimes Against Persons from the Washington State Patrol. They must obtain CPR certification, and must have current immunizations or laboratory verification of immune status, which could include, but is not limited to, Hepatitis B series, Tetanus/Diphtheria, Tuberculosis Test, Measles/ Mumps/Rubella, and Varicella, as required by contracts with clinical facilities and CDC recommendations. Proof of immunizations is required by the last day of class in Fall quarter, without exception.

Prepares students for entry level employment as medical histology technicians in clinical, veterinary, and research laboratories. It also serves as a pathway for career advancement and specialized areas in the medical histotechnology profession.

The program stresses practical application and the development of job skills as well as medical histotechnology theory.

Designed to enhance the ability of students to reason, understand, and apply correct principles of medical histotechnology by teaching analytical and critical thinking skills, this course prepares students to sit for the National Board Certification Exam.

New entrants into the field, as well as incumbent workers who have not had the advantage of receiving a strong theoretical foundation, will find this course of study beneficial. Students will be involved in classroom/lab work for the first three quarters of the program with the remaining time spent in a clinical rotation.

This program is approximately four quarters in length, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Each student is required to carry personal health/medical insurance throughout their clinical rotations. Quarterly insurance for students may be purchased; further information is available through the Advising and Counseling Office. No student will be allowed at a clinical site without proof of insurance.

Note: This program requires that three of the general education courses be taken prior to beginning the HISTO course sequence. Therefore, BIOL& 175 (BIOL 118 will be accepted through 2015), CHEM& 110, and ENGL& 101 need to be taken prior to Fall quarter when the HISTO courses begin.

AAT Degree General Education Requirements (20 credits)

  • ENGL& 101 English Composition
  • CMST& 220 (or higher)
  • MAT 108 Math for Health Care Professionals (or higher)
  • PSYC& 100DIV General Psychology or other humanities course that meets the diversity requirement)

AAS-T Degree general education requirements (25 credits):

All AAS-T degrees must have a minimum of 20 credits of transferable general education. These credits replace the academic courses required for the AAT degree. Required credits include:

  • 10 credits in Communication: ENGL& 101 or CMST& 220
  • 5 credits in quantitative reasoning: MAT 110, MATH& 141, MATH& 142, MATH& 146 or MATH& 151
  • 10 credits in social science, humanities, or science (choose one from the following): PSYC& 100DIV, PSYC& 200, PSY 210, PSYC& 220, SOC& 101, ART& 100, MUSC& 105, ASL& 121, BIOL 118 (accepted through 2015), BIOL& 160, BIOL& 175, BIOL& 241, BIOL& 242, CHEM& 121, CHEM& 110, GEOL& 110, PHYS& 114, ECON 101, ECON& 201 or ECON& 202

Students pursuing an AAT or AAS-T degree must complete all College degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the capstone project, diversity, and computer literacy requirements.


This program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences

5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018

Program Requirements

AAT Program Requirements

Catalog # Course Name Credits
BIOL& 175 Human Biology w/Lab
(BIOL 118 will be accepted through 2015)
CAH 102 Medical Terminology 5
CAH 105CL Computer Applications 5
CHEM& 110 Chemical Concepts w/Lab 5
CMST& 220 Public Speaking 5
ENGL& 101 English Composition I 5
HISTO 105 Orientation to the Histology Laboratory 2
HISTO 110 Histotechnology I 10
HISTO 115 Histotechnology Lab I 5
HISTO 120 Histotechnology II 10
HISTO 125 Histotechnology Lab II 5
HISTO 130 Math Applications for Histology 3
HISTO 135 Histotechnology III 10
HISTO 140 Histotechnology Lab III 5
HISTO 145 Immunohistochemistry 5
HISTO 150CAP Histology Internship 10
HISTO 160 Histology Seminar 5
  Technical Course Requirements (total) 100
  General Education Requirements (see listing above) 10
  Total Credits for Completion 110

AAS-T Program Requirements

Technical Course Requirements (Same as AAT) 100
General Education Requirements (See Listing Above) 15
Total Credits for Completion of AAS-T Degree 115

Note: In addition to BIOL& 175 (BIOL 118 will be accepted through 2015) and CHEM& 110, 10 credits of social science, humanities, or science are needed to complete the AAS-T degree.