Histology, Associate in Science

The Associate in Science - Histology equips students with the academic and technical skills necessary to obtain employment in a variety of histology laboratory settings.  This program meets the current minimum educational requirements to practice Histology. This program may be completed on-ground or in a hybrid format.

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 for additional information.

Students in the associate degree are simultaneously enrolled in the Certificate in Histologic Sciences. Students must complete the certificate as part of the Associate degree in order to be eligible to sit for the Histotechnician (HT) exam. Students may either complete the Certificate in Histologic Science and then continue on in the Associate in Science in Histology program or simultaneously pursue both credentials.

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

Conferral of an 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 a minimum of ENG 095 and MATH 125.

  3. Earn a minimum GPA of 2.7 in the most recent course work (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. Apply the principles and methodologies, problem solving, and troubleshooting, for all major areas practiced in the contemporary histopathology laboratory to include, receiving and accessioning tissue specimens, preparing tissue specimens for microscopic examination, assist with gross examination and frozen section procedures, and identifying tissue structures and their staining characteristics

  2. Monitor quality control within predetermined limits and perform preventive and corrective maintenance of equipment and instruments, referring to appropriate sources for repairs when necessary

  3. Recognize factors that affect procedures and results, taking appropriate action within predetermined limits when corrections are indicated

  4. Identify the ethical, legal, and regulatory framework of the healthcare industry and exercise principles of leadership, management, safety, and supervision within these parameters

  5. Demonstrate professional conduct and interpersonal communication skills with laboratory personnel, other health care professionals, and with the public while respecting a multicultural society

  6. Analyze and synthesize ideas while applying critical thinking skills in professional and personal problem solving

  7. Recognize and act upon individual needs for continuing education, as a function of growth and maintenance of professional competence in preparation to take the national examination given by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), leading to certification as a Histotechnician (HT).

Graduation Requirements

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


Associate in Histology

Non-Major Core Requirements - 10 credits

CHEM 101Chemistry


HSC 105Medical Terminology


HSC 111Medical Law and Ethics


General Education Core - 22 Credits

ENG 101English Composition


ENG 1XXEnglish Elective


MATH 1XXMathematics (MATH)


CAP 110*Computer Applications


BIO 120Human Biology


PSY 112Introduction to Psychology


Humanities (HIS, PHIL, SPAN, HUM)



Histology Core Requirements - 28 Credits

HLT 102Introduction to Histology


HLT 110Histologic Techniques


HLT 113Concepts of Staining and Fixation


HLT 115Histology Laboratory Application


HLT 209Special Staining Lab


HLT 210Staining II


HLT 230Histology Capstone and Seminar


HLT 290Histology Clinical Experience


Total Credit Hours: 60