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Histology Lab Technician

Why Choose the Histology Lab Technician Program?

Do you have an interest in a high demand medical laboratory career or are you wanting a healthcare career with limited patient contact? Then the medical histology technician program may be the one for you. Histology Lab technicians study abnormal or pathological tissues by slicing and staining sections of human tissue for microscopic examination. Our program utilizes a lot of hands on learning in our student laboratory where you will learn, and train alongside other students with similar interests as yourself. Our program stresses development of practical laboratory application, job skills, organization, and attention to detail.

Upon completion of the histology lab technician program, graduates will be able to work as histology technicians who provide clinical support to their pathologists and or researchers. Graduates will also be eligible to sit for their National Board Certification Exam as histology technicians (HT) via the American society of Clinical Pathologists. Though applicants may be eligible to sit for their histology technologist (HTL) certification if they already hold a bachelor’s degree in a biological science, and meet certain criteria outlined by ASCP.  Histology technicians enjoy science, microscopic examination, and helping people. If you feel like this description fits what you are looking for in your next career then come visit us at our next info session.

The Histology Lab Technician program prepares students for entry-level employment in clinical, veterinary, and research laboratories. This program also serves as a pathway for career advancement in specialized areas in the medical histotechnology profession.

How Long It Takes:

Histology Lab Technician AAT or AAS-T Degree: 4 quarters

The Histology program's current three-year averages:

  • Graduation rate is 97%
  • Pass rate on the national certification exam is 100%
  • Average employment placement is 89%

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees.


The Clover Park Technical College Medical Histology program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 N. River Rd, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL  60018  
(773) 714-8880

Potential Careers

Histology Lab Technician

Histology Lab Technician Career & Wage Technician

This is not a guarantee of employment or a certain wage. Full career data available at

Career Pathway

Program Benchmarks

NAACLS requires the publishing of program outcomes for the last 3 consecutive years.  The benchmarks which must be met to retain accreditation are:

  • Graduation rates – NAACLS requires that 70% of students who begin the final half of the program successfully graduate.
  • ASCP Board of Certification Exam Pass rates – NAACLS requires that 75% or greater pass rate required
  • Graduate Placement rates – NAACLS requires that 70% of graduates either find employment in the field or closely related field (for those who seek employment) or continue their education with one year.
CPTC Program Benchmarks: 2020 2021 2022 3 Year Average
ASCP-BOC Certification Rates 100% 100% 67%* 88%
Graduation Rate 100% 100% 100% 100%
Graduate Placement Rate 100% 100% 89% 96%

*pending additional testing


Meet Your Instructors

Rebecca L. Haggerty HT ASCP

Education Coordinator

Bldg 21, Rm 232

Histology Lab Technician Program Information Sessions usually occur at 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month.

To learn more about information sessions, visit

Visit the Academic Calendar at to see when the next information session is scheduled.

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