The Histotechnician (HT) plays a critical role in preparing body tissues for
microscopic examination by the pathologist. They are involved with the detection and
diagnosis of cancer and other pathological conditions, as well as following the
treatment and progress of disease. Histotechs must work quickly with precision
and accuracy since the patient may be in surgery, awaiting the pathologist’s
report to determine if their biopsy is cancerous or not.
The continued growth of the laboratory science profession is producing an
increased demand for educated and motivated laboratory professionals.
Today, there are more jobs for histotechnicians than educated people to
fill those jobs. The future long-term employment looks bright. The need is
great throughout the country. Harcum HT graduates qualify to take the
Board of Certification exam sponsored by the American Society of Clinical
The Histotechnician Program offers a blended online curriculum to suit the needs of
the working student, students who have obligations that prevent them from
participating in a traditional classroom schedule, and students at a distance
from the college. All of the required HT lecture courses in the program are
available online, as well as a majority of the required general education
courses. The Histotechnician program includes a 3-6 hour/week practicum lab
each fall and spring semester where students experience “hands-on” learning of
specialized procedures under the supervision of a certified histologist. The
practicum labs are offered Monday-Friday during the daytime. Students work with the
Histotechnician Program Clinical Coordinator to determine a schedule. Harcum
courses required in the HT curriculum, that are not currently offered online
BIO 103 Anatomy and Physiology 1
BIO 104 Anatomy and Physiology 2
BIO 205 Microbiology
CHE General Chemistry Elective
These courses can be taken at any accredited college/university convenient to
the student and transferred into the Histotechnician Program, provided a
minimum grade of “C” is earned. A maximum of 30 credits can be transferred to
Harcum from another accredited College or University.
HT Program Mission Statement:
The mission of the Histotechnician Program is to prepare
individuals, from diverse backgrounds, for employment as knowledgeable
and technically skilled histotechnicians, who are capable
of higher order critical thinking processes and are aware of the
importance of continuing education in their field.
The Goals of the program are:
- Provide the region served by the program with graduate histotechnicans who can function at career entry levels and who can assume leadership roles as health professionals.
- Meet the current standards of the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science.
- Provide an opportunity for the student to obtain the necessary academic and technical skills in all areas of the histology laboratory.
- Provide a strong undergraduate curriculum based on current needs.
- Develop professional attitudes and ethics required of professionals in the clinical laboratory field.
- Educate students in the merits of continuing education.
HT Program Learning Outcomes:
- Graduates will analyze laboratory results of histopathologic examination to diagnose disease and recommend treatment.
- Graduates will demonstrate effective written presentation skills.
- Graduates will demonstrate mastery of laboratory methodologies,
including problem solving and troubleshooting techniques, for the major
areas currently practiced by a modern histopathology laboratory.
- Graduates will summarize the significance of continued professional development.
- Graduates will create a plan to demonstrate technical training sufficient to orient new employees.
- Graduates will explain the importance of laboratory safety and regulatory compliance.
- Completed Harcum College Application
- Official high school transcript or GED transcript. This requirement is waived for applicants who have completed a bachelor's degree, unless specifically requested.
- A high school or college GPA of 2.0.
- Letter(s) of recommendation from an employer, teacher, guidance counselor, etc.
- Official college transcript(s), if applicable
- SAT or ACT scores, if taken (critical reading and math scores only).
- Type personal essay explaining why you chose your desired major.
- All accepted students must provide proof of specific medical and legal clearances (or of application in progress). See tuition page for additional fees.
- Competency in the spoken English language. TOEFL scores
are required for students for whom English is a second language
- August 1 is the deadline for submitting all application requirements
Essential Functions represent the essential non-academic
requirements of the program that students must master to participate
successfully in the program and become employable. The following is a list of
the technical abilities and skills applicants for admission into
Histotechnician courses must possess:
- Manual Dexterity: ability to use hand(s) or prosthetic
devices with coordination
- Fine Motor: ability to manipulate small objects with fingertip
or adaptive devices
- Vision: ability to distinguish red, yellow, and blue
colors; distinguish clear from cloudy and distinguish objects through a
- Hearing: ability to adapt with assistive devices (i.e.,
phone receivers, hearing aid, etc.)
- Speech: ability to effectively communicate verbally in
- Writing: ability to communicate effectively in the
written form in English
- Reading : ability to read, understand, and follow
directions printed in English
- Mobility: ability to maneuver in the laboratory, around the laboratory, around instruments, and in patient-care settings.
- Computer Literacy is essential for success in online courses.
The Histotechnician Program at Harcum College is fully accredited by:
The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
Histotechnician Program Statistics July 2012-June 2015:
ASCP-BOC Certification Exam, Graduation, and Job Placement rates:
The program 3-year graduation rates and employment rates are 100%, exceeding the benchmark established by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science.