Histology Technician Program

The Histology Technician program is a nine month program (offered summer and winter) in affiliation with the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences. A flexible program with an online, blended curriculum combined with in-person training lab sessions and clinical rotations. Within just nine months, your training will walk you through the technique and artistry of how to embed, cut, stain and prepare a tissue sample for review under a microscope.

Histology Technicians specializes 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.

Program Options

Histology Technician AS

Special Admittance Program:  Admission into the Histology Technician program is competitive, a session is composed of 6 students. Applicants must hold a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8, with a ‘C’ or higher grade in all required prerequisite courses.  Students who pursue this pathway must complete 36 credits at RCTC prior to starting the MCSHS Histology Technician program. Click Admission for a full list of eligibility criteria and admissions requirements.








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Additional Information

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

Overview content updated: 2017-04-17