Program Description

The Baccalaureate Program in Histotechnology conforms to the standards published and monitored by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) in order to qualify the student for examination and certification by the Board of Registry of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). Note: Pages will open in a new browser window.

This baccalaureate program consists of lectures, demonstrations, and rotations through various hospital histopathology laboratories that provide experience in routine and specialized procedures. The program maintains an extensive collection of microscope and projection slides for use with lectures and independent studies.

Curriculum and Board of Registry Certification

The curriculum includes the following topics:

  • Histotechniques: Clinical Laboratory Rotations
  • Theory and Practice of Histotechniques
  • Applied Chemistry: Laboratory Operations
  • Theory of Special Staining
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Pathophysiology

Please see the School of Health Professions Student Catalog for more information about Board of Registry Certification and curriculum and course descriptions.

Why MD Anderson?

MD Anderson ranks consistently among the nation's top two hospitals in cancer care, according to the "America's Best Hospitals" survey published annually since 1990 in US News and World Report. One of the models for federally designated comprehensive cancer centers, MD Anderson is internationally recognized for its exceptional strength in patient care, research, and educational programs.

MD Anderson's mission includes the diagnosis, treatment and research of neoplastic disease. Therefore, the quantity of tissue examined and the quality of preparation required provide an unlimited resource for the education of histologic technicians.

MD Anderson has been providing instruction in histologic techniques since 1949. Modern technological instrumentation, work space, libraries and computers all facilitate the transmission of skills and knowledge.