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Learn about the in-demand field of Histotechnology and the fulfillment of being a histotechnician and using your skills to help doctors diagnose diseases. Enrollment for Spring 2019 classes is open now!  Classes start Tuesday, January 22nd.

Hello and welcome to the Merritt Microscopy and Histotechnology Programs.  We are excited to have you join us!

We will hold Biosci 9 (Histology) and Biosci 102 (Fluorescence Microscopy and Specimen Prep) in Spring 2019.  Both of these courses are required for the Histotechnology Certificate Program. If you’re confident in your academic skills or have a science background or degree, you could start both of these courses in Spring 2019.  Students should consider their planned schedules carefully, perhaps coordinating and discussing with their work supervisors, since lecture and laboratory work for these classes is time-intensive. Lectures are in the evenings, labs this Spring semester tend to run in the late afternoons or on Saturdays.

You don’t have to apply for the programs, just enroll in at least this Spring’s Bioscience 9 and 102 courses. For more questions, please contact Program Coordinator and Student Liaison, Feather Ives, at and CC Dr. Gisele Giorgi, at

Dr. Gisele Giorgi, Merritt Biosciences Program Director,

Dr. Shirley Pan, Merritt Histotechnology Program Director

Click here to see more about the Biosciences at Merritt College on Peralta Matters, the District’s television show hosted by Chancellor Jowel Laguerre featuring students and instructors from the Microscopy and Histotechnology programs.

The Histotechnology program provides on-campus and on-site technical 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.

Below is a chart of the progression of the program’s Certificate of Achievement and, following that, the curriculum for the program.