Certificate - Histologic Science

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 her/his 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 in Health Science can apply the majority of their credits toward these degrees. Students completing both the certificate and the Bachelor degree may be eligible to sit for the Histotechnologist (HTL) exam. Students should contact the Health Science Program Director for more information.

This program is offered both on-ground and via a hybrid format.

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.

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

Only students admitted to the Histology program may enroll in HLT courses.

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

2. Complete the Histology Program Application. This application must include:

a. Official high school transcript or General Equivalency Diploma. An official college transcript proving degree completion/graduation, can be accepted in lieu of a high school transcript.

b. Official college transcripts, if applicable.

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

3. Complete the required College Placement Evaluations. Applicants must qualify for a minimum of ENG 099 and MATH 125.

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

a. Chemistry - High School chemistry (must be within the past 5 years) or college equivalent.

b. Human Biology or Anatomy & Physiology - High School Biology/A&P (must be within the past 5 years) or college equivalent

c. Math 1XX- grade of “C” or above.

Satisfactory scores on the CLEP examinations are also acceptable in meeting these requirements.

5. Interview with the Program Director.

6. For students interested in enrolling into the Hybrid Histologic Science Program, lectures are completed online while the clinical portion of the program is completed on the weekend and/or evening in the student histology laboratory. Students enrolled in the hybrid program will complete their HLT 290 Clinical Practicum requirements in the student laboratory with opportunities to visit enhancement sites throughout the semester.

All required immunizations must be current before the start of the first semester.

All students must successfully pass a background check and drug test before official acceptance into the Histology Program will be granted. Forms are provided by the 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. Demonstrate professional conduct and interpersonal communication skills with patients, laboratory personnel, other healthcare professionals, and with the public;
  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; and
  11. Recognize and act upon individual needs for continuing education as a function of growth and maintenance of professional competence.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all the graduation requirements as stated in the catalog. In addition, students must complete the following programmatic graduation requirements:

1. 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.


First semester

HLT 102

Introduction to Histology


HSC 105

Medical Terminology


BIO 101

Concepts in Human Biology OR


BIO 120

Human Biology OR


BIO 211

Anatomy & Physiology I


HLT 110

Histology Techniques


HSC 111

Medical Law and Ethics


Second semester

HLT 113

Concepts of Staining and Fixation


HLT 114

Histology Laboratory Experience


HLT 210

Staining II


HLT 209

Special Staining Lab


Third semester

HLT 290

Histology Clinical Experience


HLT 230

Histology Capstone & Seminar


Total Credits in the Program