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Welcome to the Merritt Microscopy and Histotechnology Program Pages!

Enrollment for Summer 2019 and Fall 2019 is now Open! For more information about enrolling in the Certificate of Achievement in Histotechnology, please contact Program Assistant, Feather Ives, at and cc Dr. Shirley Pan, at Click here for program curriculum.

To join our mailing list for updates on the summer semester, email Program Assistant, Feather Ives, at

Click here to see more about the Biosciences at Merritt College on Peralta Matters, the District’s television show hosted by Chancellor Jowel Laguerre.

The Histotechnology program provides on-campus and clinical laboratory training, focusing on routine tissue sample preparation, special stains and techniques such as immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization, fluorescence microscopy and genomics. Training on campus will utilize samples routinely prepared in both clinical and research facilities. As part of their formal training, students of histotechnology will work through study guides provided by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) for its certification examination. Partnerships with local facilities will allow for work experience and internship sites, required for certification of histotechnology graduates, and will provide further training for those interested in research and/or careers in the private sector.



The Merritt College Biosciences department’s mission is to provide our students with access to excellent careers in high demand fields, with an emphasis on increasing diversity in the sciences.

This hands-on training program is ideal for career changers and people with no science experience! We offer in-demand, cutting-edge Microscopy training where you learn to take beautiful biomedical images. Histotechnicians are also in high demand at clinics and hospitals across the Bay Area. Genomics is the study of DNA, and one of the main tools of biotech and healthcare diagnostics. You can get training for all of these great careers at Merritt College. Our classes are mostly nights/weekends.

Merritt Microscopy & Histotechnology students and graduates have gone on to intern or work at:




Bioscience Certificates: