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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is a Histotechnician/Histotechnologist?
A. Histotechnicians prepare human, animal and plant tissue to be examined by a pathologist.


Q. When does the program start and what is the application deadline for the program?
A. The program starts in August of each year.  The deadline for applications is May 1st.  Applications may be accepted after the deadline date.  However, applications accepted after the deadline date may not be considered for the upcoming program class.


Q. What are the application requirements?
A. To apply to the program, you must have completed or be enrolled the prerequisite courses.  However, the selection of students for the program is based on the number of required general education and natural science courses completed at the time of program selection.


Q. What are the admissions/selection criteria?
A. Because enrollment is limited in this program, admission/selection criteria is based on the number of required general education and natural science courses completed at the time of program selection with top priority given to students that have completed all of the required general education and science courses.  Additionally, GPA is included in the selection process.


Q. Can I apply if I have not completed all of the general education and science courses?
A. You can apply to the program before completing these courses. However, selection is based on the number of courses completed.  You are encouraged to complete all of the non-program courses to increase your chances of acceptance into the program.


Q. What kind of degree will I be awarded when I graduate?
A. You will earn an Associate in Science degree in Histotechnology in approximately two years.  This will qualify you to participate in the credentialing process offered by the State of Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel.


Q. What are the hours of the program?
A. The program classes are offered weekdays from approximately 6:00 p.m. till about 9:30. We only have one morning lab class that is offered from 9 a.m. till about Noon


Q. Can I work while I am a student in the program?
A. Employment is not encouraged.  Students must earn at least a final grade of “C” or better in each course to continue in the program.


Q. Do you assist with job placement after graduation?
A. The Medical Campus does not provide job placement.  Through the Career Center located in the New Student Center on the Medical Campus, graduates may review employment opportunities that have been forwarded to the Career Center.


Q. Do I need to take a test to work in this profession after graduation?
A. Apply and successfully complete the American Society for Clinical Pathology national examination, then apply to practice as a professional with the Florida State Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel.


Q. What is the approximate annual salary for graduates of this program in this area?
A. In the South Florida area, entry-level graduates may expect to earn an annual salary of $38,000 - $54,000.00 if employed full-time. This does not include a sign-on bonus, benefits or overtime.