Associate in Science - Histology

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 at for additional information.

Students of 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) or the Histotechnologist (HLT) 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 possessing a baccalaureate degree may be eligible to sit for the Histotechnologist (HTL) national examination. For more information, please contact the Program Director at 860-727-6917 or an academic advisor.

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.

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 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 general Associate 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+".


Associate in Histology

General Education Core - 24 Credits

ENG 101

English Composition



Writing Competency (WR)



Communications Competency (COM)



Computer Literacy Competency (CL)



Math Competency (MATH)


BIO 101

Concepts in Human Biology OR


BIO 120

Human Biology (SCI) OR


BIO 211

Anatomy & Physiology I


PSY 112

Introduction to Psychology (SS)


HSC 111

Medical Law and Ethics (CU)


Non-Major Core Requirements - 3 Credits

ASD 120

The College Experience OR



Open Elective


Histology Core Requirements - 33 Credits

HLT 102

Introduction to Histology


HSC 105

Medical Terminology


HLT 110

Histology Techniques


HLT 113

Concepts of Staining and Fixation


HLT 114

Histology Laboratory Experience


HLT 210

Staining II


HLT 209

Special Staining Lab


HLT 290

Histology Clinical Experience


HLT 230

Histology Capstone and Seminar





Total Credits in the Program