Histologic Science, Certificate

The primary goal of the Histologic Science Certificate Program is the education of students to become competent histotechnicians who not only have a thorough understanding of theory but who can also utilize such information in a laboratory situation, sometimes relying on their own judgment.  Qualified by academic and applied science education, histotechnicians provide service and research in histotechnology and related areas.  Upon successful completion, graduates will be able to pursue entry-level positions in hospital laboratories, private or pharmaceutical laboratories, research laboratories and state laboratories.  The Certificate in Histologic Sciences program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). 

The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), the program’s accrediting body, approved a change to Standard 1.D.1.g, requiring HT programs to culminate in either an associate degree or higher, or a certificate for students who hold an Associate degree or higher; therefore, students must hold a minimum of an Associate Degree before they are eligible to sit for the HT (ASCP) Board of Registry Certification Exam.  Students are advised to meet with the Program Director before the start of the program to determine their eligibility to sit for the certification exam.  Students may also refer to the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences’ website at www.naacls.org for additional information.

Graduates of this program will be eligible to take the national examination given by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), which leads to certification as a Histotechnician (HT).  Graduates possessing a baccalaureate degree may be eligible to sit for the Histotechnologist (HTL) national examination.  For more information, please contact the program director or academic advisor.

Students interested in pursuing an Associate or Bachelor's in Health Science can apply the majority of their credits toward these degrees.  Students completing both the certificate and the Bachelor's degree may be eligible to sit for the Histotechnologist (HTL) exam. Students should contact the Health Science Program Director for more information.

All students enrolled in the Associate in Science - Histology will simultaneously receive a Certificate in Histologic Science upon completion of this degree.

Graduates of the Goodwin University Histotechnician Program are eligible to sit for the HT (ASCP) certification exam category, via the following route:

Conferral of Associate degree or higher and successful completion of a NAACLS accredited Histotechnician Program within the last 5 years prior to the date of application for examination. Students may visit the American Society for Clinical Pathology website at www.ascp.org for additional information.

Admission Requirements

The specific admission requirements are outlined below.  Not all qualified candidates can be offered admission to the Histology program due to the limited number of seats available.

Complete the application for admission into Goodwin University. Applicants to the Histology program must first meet the requirements for admission and be accepted into Goodwin University.

Complete the Histology Program Application. This application must include:

  1. A signed attestation that the applicant possesses the ability to perform the tasks as stated in the Essential Functions of a Histotechnician.

  2. Complete the required University Placement Evaluations. Applicants must qualify for ENG 099 or higher and MATH 125.

  3. Earn a minimum GPA of 2.7 in the most recent course work (university). University GPA is based on a minimum of 12 completed credits at Goodwin University.

  4. Complete the following prerequisite courses with a "C" or better:

    1. Chemistry - CHEM 101 (Goodwin University) or equivalent.

    2. Human Biology - BIO 120 (Goodwin University) or equivalent with a laboratory component.

    3. MATH 125 (Goodwin University) or higher level Math. Statistics does not meet the Math prerequisite for the Histology Program.

  5. Interview with the Program Director.

  6. Student essay.

Accepted Students

Histologic Science students will be required to provide documentation of a Physical Exam (within 2 years) and immunizations prior to starting the program. Student immunizations must remain current throughout the program. Immunization requirements include:

  • Hepatitis B vaccination or titer

  • Influenza vaccination (within 1 year)

  • MMR vaccination or titer

  • Varicella vaccination or titer

  • Tetanus vaccination (within 7 years)

  • Two-step PPD (within 1 year)

All students must successfully pass a background check and drug test before official acceptance into the Histologic Science Program will be granted. Forms are provided by program personnel.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Receive and accession tissue specimens;

  2. Prepare tissue specimens for microscopic examinations, including all routine procedures;

  3. Assist with gross examination and frozen section procedures in histopathology;

  4. Identify tissue structures and their staining characteristics;

  5. Perform preventive and corrective maintenance of equipment and instruments or refer to appropriate sources for repairs;

  6. Recognize factors that affect procedures and results, and take appropriate action within predetermined limits when corrections are indicated;

  7. Perform and monitor quality control within predetermined limits;

  8. Express themselves clearly in written, oral and electronic modes of communication using Standard English; read and comprehend information; organize ideas and demonstrate competency in research modes including use of information technology;

  9. Exercise principles of leadership, management, safety, and supervision;

  10. Recognize the responsibilities of other laboratory and healthcare professionals and interact with them with respect for their jobs and patient care;

  11. Recognize and act upon individual needs for continuing education as a function of growth and maintenance of professional competence;

  12. Identify the ethical, legal, and regulatory framework of the healthcare industry;

  13. Analyze and synthesize ideas; apply critical thinking skills in professional and personal problem solving; understand and respect a multicultural society; and

  14. Take the national examination given by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) which leads to certification as a Histotechnician (HT).

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all the graduation requirements as stated in the catalog.  In addition, students must complete all Histology (HLT) core courses with a minimum grade of "C+".

Histologic Science Program Policies

Policies specific to the Histologic Science program may be found in the Histologic Science Program Handbook.


Certificate in Histologic Science

First Semester

HLT 102Introduction to Histology


HLT 110Histologic Techniques


HSC 105Medical Terminology


HSC 111Medical Law and Ethics


BIO 120Human Biology


CHEM 101Chemistry


MATH 125Mathematical Applications for the Health Sciences


Second Semester

HLT 113Concepts of Staining and Fixation


HLT 115Histology Laboratory Application


HLT 209Special Staining Lab


HLT 210Staining II


Third Semester

HLT 230Histology Capstone and Seminar


HLT 290Histology Clinical Experience


Total Credit Hours: 45