• Student viewing a specimen under a microscope


A Histotechnician prepares human or animal tissue samples for microscopic examination.

They treat tissue with special dyes and chemicals to help pathologists diagnose disease, conduct research or teach other medical personnel. Histotechnicians work under the direction of a Histotechnologist—who has a Bachelor's or Master's degree.

Histotechnicians can work in:

  • Hospital laboratories
  • Medical research laboratories
  • Veterinary or marine pathology
  • Dermatopathology
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Forensic laboratories
The Histotechnology Program at CCBC provides courses that offer the full range of clinical and didactic experience to practice as histotechnician.


Associate of Applied Science
This program is offered only at the Essex Campus. Admission to this program is on a rolling basis and is both competitive and selective.

Program pass rate & job placement rate

CCBC-HT pass rate ASCP-BOC exam (within 1st year) National pass rate ASCP-BOC exam % of graduates retained after entering final year of the program Graduate job placement in 1 yr or continuing education
2020* 100% 84% 100% 100%
2021 100% 78% 90% 100%
2022 100% 64% 67% 100%
3-yr Program Average 100%  N/A 88% 100%

*First Graduating Class for this new program/Students graduate in August


This program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) www.naacls.org; 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119; 773.714.8880.

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam given by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

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