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Medical Histology Technician

Why Choose the Medical Histology Technician Program?

Medical histology technicians study abnormal or pathological tissues by slicing and staining sections of human tissue for microscopic examination. Our program stresses practical application and the development of job skills, as well as medical histotechnology theory, and is designed to enhance students' abilities to reason, understand, and apply correct principles by teaching analytical and critical thinking skills.

The program balances classroom and lab work with time spent in a clinical rotation and provides a strong theoretical foundation to benefit both new entrants into the field and incumbent workers while preparing students to sit for the National Board Certification Exam.

If you enjoy science, microscopic examination and helping people, this program and career path may be the perfect fit.

The Medical Histology 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:

Medical Histology Technician AAT or AAS-T Degree: 4 Quarters

View the Medical Histology Technician Program's mission here.

The Medical Histology program's current three-year averages:

  • Pass rate on the national certification exam is 96%
  • Average employment placement is 97%
  • Graduation rate is 95%

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 Technician

Histology Technician Career & Wage Technician

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

Career Pathway

Gainful Employment Data

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: 2016 2017 2018 3 Year Average
Graduation/Completion Rate: 88% 86% 74% 82.6%
ASCP HT Cert. Exam Pass Rate 93% 92% 100%* 95%*
Graduate Placement Rate 100% 83% 93% 92%

*2018 grads have not all completed testing. This info will be updated until testing is complete for this cohort.

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Meet Your Instructors

Rebecca L. Haggerty HT ASCP

Education Coordinator

Bldg 21, Rm 232

Medical Histology 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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Continuing a more than 10-year international tradition, the Clover Park Technical College Medical Histology program hosted a group from Japan’s Osaka Jikei College last week for a three-day tour educational and cultural exchange tour.

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CPTC Medical Histology student Allison Hughes (center) opens the envelope containing her American Society of Clinical Pathologists National Honor Student Award during her morning class on May 17.

Clover Park Technical College Medical Histology student Allison Hughes has been named a recipient of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists National Honor Student Award, and she received her certificate during her morning class on May 17.

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