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Histologic Technology
Associate in Applied Science

What is a Histologic Technician?

Histologic Technicians work under the supervision of a Pathologist to prepare tissue specimens for diagnosis. They perform gross tissue preparation and laboratory procedures to show microscopic structure. Histologic Technicians solve problems, demonstrate ethics and patient confidentiality, and use chemical safety and universal precautions. Histologic Technicians work together with other laboratory personnel to provide doctors with information for making a diagnosis. To work in most laboratory facilities, Histologic Technicians certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) are more employable.

Find out about LCC's Histologic Technology Accredidation

Histotechnicians work under the supervision of a Pathologist in the preparation of tissue specimens for diagnosis.  Their duties include:

  • Assisting the Pathologist with gross tissue preparation and description
  • Preserving, embedding and sectioning tissue specimens
  • Mounting specimens on microscope slides
  • Staining specimens to show microscopic detail

Current and future employment prospects look bright for skilled technicians in this field.  Average starting salary for a Histologic Technician is approximately $40,000 per year.  Histotechnicians may find employment in:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinical Laboratories
  • Medical and University Research Laboratories
  • Veterinary Pathology
  • Forensic Pathology
  • Pharmaceutical Companies

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For more information please contact:

Science Department

(517) 483-1092

Todd Troutman,
The Associate Dean of Science and Mathematics

(517) 483-1078

Roger Smith  BS, HTL (ASCP)
Histotechnology Program Director
(517) 244-1357

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