Do you have an interest in the human body? The Histotechnician programs at Goodwin College could lead to you to an exciting career preparing biological tissues for diagnosis, an essential process in biology and medicine today.
Histology, to break it down, is the study of microscopic anatomy of cells and tissue of plants and animals. Histotechnicians and Histotechnologists – two important roles in this field – examine thin sections of tissue under light microscopes and electron microscopes. In a medical laboratory setting, for example, a histotechnologist might assess body tissue samples for disease – if it’s present, if it has spread, and, in congruence with a doctor, if treatment is necessary.
In Goodwin’s Histotechnician programs, you will gain hands-on experience in the lab, learning how to detect tissue abnormalities and appropriate testing for tissue samples to ensure proper diagnoses. While working towards a Histology degree, you will gain dedicated knowledge in:
- The microscopic anatomy of tissues and cells
- How to test tissue samples for diagnoses
- Medical terminology, laws & ethics, and lab safety
- Appropriate and effective histology techniques
Students can take their pick for histotechnician programs at Goodwin College. Like all of our programs, we offer flexible schedules catered to working students with busy lives. We offer an associate degree as well as certificate program. Let’s explore the different Histotechnician programs at Goodwin and learn the benefits, including what you will learn and go on to achieve in your future career.
Associate Degree in Histology
Our associate degree in Histology is designed specifically for those who want to continue their education and pursue a career in the rapidly-growing health care field. According to Salary.com, Histotechnicians in Connecticut earn an average salary of $61K+. It’s is a promising and fast-growing field in which you could enjoy a long, secure, and successful career.
In the associate Histology program, you will gain direct lab experience assessing the microscopic anatomy of cells and tissues, testing tissue samples, and detecting any abnormalities. You can also expect to take specialized histology classes in:
- Medical Terminology
- Medical Law and Ethics
- Histology Techniques
- Concepts of Fixation and Staining
At Goodwin, histology courses are flexible and offered both on-campus or in a hybrid format, which combines the best of both on-campus and online learning.
Get Certified While Earning Your Degree
Students enrolled in the associate degree in Histology will also be enrolled in our certificate in Histologic Science. After you’ve successfully completed Goodwin’s general education requirements and the associate degree credits, you’ll earn both the certificate in Histologic Science and the associate degree in Histology. The certificate program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
You’ll also be eligible to sit for the Histotechnician (HT) Board of Registry exam, administered by the American Society for Clinical Pathologists. If you have a baccalaureate degree, you may also be eligible to sit for the Histotechnologist (HTL) national examination. And your chances of passing are pretty great! As of June 2015, 100% of Goodwin College Histotechnician graduates have passed the ASCP Board of Registry Certification Exam!
In Connecticut, histology technician careers are vast. Many of Goodwin’s associate degree graduates go on to work in the following areas:
- Botany and forensic medicine
- Industrial and university research
- Marine biology
- Pharmaceutical testing
Today, there are more jobs for Histologic Technicians than there are well-trained, qualified professionals to fill those positions. The future for long-term employment looks bright, and the need is great throughout the country for aspiring Histotechnicians like you!
Certificate in Histology Science
Hoping to get into the workforce fast? For those looking to dive right into their career, Goodwin College also offers a certificate program in Histology. Just like the associate degree program, the certificate coursework is offered in both classroom, online, and hybrid formats. This gives students flexibility for work and personal obligations, all while moving towards their histology career.
Goodwin’s histology certificate program will give you a thorough understanding of the theory and practice of Histotechnology, further preparing you for national certification and a lasting career as a Histotechnician. Upon successful completion of this program, you will be qualified to pursue entry-level positions in a variety of settings, such as:
- Hospital Labs
- Private Labs
- Pharmaceutical Labs
- Research Labs
- State Laboratories
Additionally, you’ll be eligible for the national examination offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), which leads to certification as a Histotechnician (HT).