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Histology Technician Overview

Histology Technician

Career/Program Overview

Histology Technicians specialize in the techniques of preparing thin slices of tissue for microscopic examination by a pathologist. . They must properly accession, gross, fix, process, embed, cut, stain and troubleshoot technical issues that arise in the laboratory setting. Histology technicians operate precision equipment and work with a variety of dyes and chemicals to make tissue abnormalities visible with a microscope. Knowledge of biology, chemistry, anatomy, physiology and medical terminology is essential for the professional histology technician.   Characteristics of a typical histology technician include:

  • Exhibits strong fine motor skills
  • Applies meticulous attention to detail
  • Multitasks and prioritizes work effectively
  • Likes working with visual stimulus
  • Employs empathy for patient well-being
  • Thrives with a high degree of responsibility
  • Values lifelong learning


General education coursework and Introduction to Medical Terminology for a total of 36 credits are taken at RCTC.  Coursework also includes 24 credits of Histology core courses taken through Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences. 

Program/Degree Options

RCTC offers an Associate of Science degree in Histology Technician.

Program Start Date(s)

Students can begin general education requirements any semester.  Some Histology Technician courses are not offered every semester so students are encouraged to meet with program advisors to plan ahead.

This program is jointly offered by RCTC and Mayo Clinic.  Students apply to both RCTC and the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences and are admitted through the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences. Program applications can be obtained online from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences: https://app.applyyourself.com/AYApplicantLogin/fl_ApplicantLogin.asp?id=mayo-ghr.

Career Opportunities/Information

Histology technicians work in routine and specialized clinical labs, as well as in research settings of healthcare organizations.  Currently, the career outlook for histology technicians is very strong.


Rochester Community and Technical College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Histology Technician Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

All courses are offered through RCTC and MSHS.

For additional information on the most current list of RCTC program articulations see us at: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/articulations/.

Additional Information

Program Website: http://www.mayo.edu/mshs/careers/histology-technician/histology-technician-minnesota
Program Plan: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/programs
More Information: http://www.rctc.edu/contact


Overview content updated: 2016-11-23
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