Certificate Program

Degree offered

Certificate of Recognition in Histology

Credits required 12


Patricia Dent

Program contact

Debra St. George, Department Chair and Associate Professor of Clinical Laboratory Science, ext. 2148

Apply by February 1 for priority consideration.

Program Goals Statement

Degree Requirements

Program Courses

MED 105Introduction to Histotechnology

3 credits

MED 106Histology Techniques I

2 credits

MED 107Histology Practicum I

7 credits

Total Credit Hours:12

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

MED 105Introduction to Histotechnology

3 credits

MED 106Histology Techniques I

2 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

MED 107Histology Practicum I

7 credits

Program Information


Students who complete the program and obtain an associate degree and one year of full-time experience in histology will be eligible to take the national certification examination. Contact the program director for more information.

Essential Functions


  • The Histology Certificate program essential functions include certain cognitive, physical and behavioral abilities which are necessary to perform the duties of a professional histotechnician. In order to meet the course requirements, students must possess the following basic abilities
  • Cognitive ability sufficient to learn and use the body of knowledge necessary to meet the program curriculum requirements and attain career entry status in the profession.
  • Physical ability, sufficient mobility, and motor coordination to safely process patient specimens and perform laboratory testing procedures using a microscope, computer, and various types of diagnostic instruments.
  • Visual acuity sufficient to read and interpret test procedures, physician orders, and test results; monitor instrument function; focus a microscope; and differentiate colors.
  • Hearing ability sufficient to respond to messages and requests from patients, physicians, and staff and to respond to equipment signals.
  • Communication skills sufficient to allow for communication with instructors, staff, patients, and physicians.
  • Emotional stability sufficient to interact professionally with instructors, staff, patients, and physicians, respect patient confidentiality, use reasonable judgment and accept responsibility for their actions.




Admission Requirements

Accepted applicants must have a physical examination, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, and varicella (chicken pox) immunizations, or titres (blood tests to prove immunity). A TB is test required each year. Health insurance and professional liability insurance are required. Additional laboratory tests, including drug screening, are required by clinical agencies.

Upon admission to the CLS program, students will be required to submit to a C.O.R.I. (Criminal Offender Record Information) check that identifies any criminal offense history. A positive C.O.R.I. check may prevent students from working in contracted health facilities which will prevent students from completing the program objectives.

Additional Costs

Students accepted into the program are responsible for associated costs such as uniforms, name tags, safety supplies, transportation to and from clinical assignments, and certification exam application fees.

Grade Requirements

A minimum of “C-“is required in BIO154 or BIO 233 and BIO 234 to provide the necessary foundation for MED courses. Students must pass MED 105 (Introduction to Histotechnology) and MED 106 (Histology Techniques I) with a minimum of C- in order to progress to MED 107 (Histology Practicum I). Students must pass all components of the MED courses (lecture/laboratory on campus and clinical practicum at the affiliate agency) with a minimum grade of C-. Failure to achieve the required grade in MED courses may result in dismissal from the program.

Clinical Affiliations

Transportation to clinical affiliation sites is the responsibility of the students. Students should be prepared to travel an hour or more from campus. The availability of clinical affiliations depends on the area healthcare providers’ ability to accept students. At Bristol Community College, placement decisions will be based upon grade point average with emphasis on the MED and science courses.

After BCC

The regional and national shortage of histotechnicians/histologists provides ample career opportunities.

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