The Histology Associate Degree program was first offered during the fall 2021 semester.
In this growing healthcare profession, Histologic Technicians assist the pathologist in the diagnosis of disease by preparing microscopic slides of tissues from surgery and autopsy. They are employed in hospitals, private laboratories, research, industry and veterinary pathology.
“The bureau of labor statistics shows the demand for histologic technicians is on the rise and good paying jobs are available,” said Jefferson State Program Coordinator Candy Hill. “Jefferson State is committed to giving students the education, training, and resources needed to begin a career in Histotechnology, and to instill in them the desire to uphold the highest standards of performance.”
Histologic Technicians may also prepare frozen sections to prepare tissues for a rapid diagnosis while the patient is still under anesthesia in surgery. Other responsibilities may include assisting with tissue grossing and performing special stains.
The Histologic Technician (HST) Program consists of basic academic courses required for the associate degree, HST major courses taught online during evening hours with a student lab experience taught weekly on campus, also during evening hours, in our histology labs, and day-time clinical experiences in one of several hospitals and reference laboratories in the Birmingham area.