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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. Click here or on the three-page flyer below to find out more about the program. You can also find out about Merritt’s exciting Microscopy Program at

Merritt classes for Spring Semester 2018 started the week of January 21st to 27th.

Hello and welcome to the Merritt Microscopy and Histotech Programs. 

We are excited to have you join us!

We will start a new cohort with reorganized courses equivalent to Biosci 2 and Biosci 10 in Fall 2018.  These courses are part of the first Microscopy certificate and are also required for the Histotech Program. Students should consider their planned schedules carefully, perhaps coordinating and discussing with their work supervisors, since lecture and laboratory work for MMP and MHP classes are time-intensive. Lectures and labs are generally held in the late afternoons and evenings.

If you are anticipating joining the new MMP/MHP cohort in the Fall you could get a jump on coursework by taking Biosci 30 Genomics Theory this Spring semester. You might also take any still needed pre-req/co-req courses such as Anatomy & Physiology, Chemistry and Microbiology. We anticipate that another important course, Biosci 9 Histology, will be offered this Summer, taught by Prof. Hank Fabian.

At this time we also expect that a new Cytopreparation for the Histotechnician course will be offered in the Fall 2018 semester; our instructor for the course, Prof. Shirley Pan, has been invited to present a Cytology session at the California Society for Histotechnology Annual Symposium (May 3rd to 6th in Anaheim CA), so students and alumni who are attending the symposium can get a preview of the course there. The annual symposium also features an HT/HTL (ASCP) exam review/preparation session for students that is excellent.

At this time you don’t have to apply for the HT program, just enroll in the Fall’s Biosci microscopy courses that are the lead-ins to the Histotech program and do well in them.

If you have any difficulties in signing up online, just come to classes the first night and the instructors will assist you in enrolling in the courses.

Dr. Gisele Giorgi, Merritt Microscopy Program Director,

Dr. Brian Rowning, Merritt Histotech 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.

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.

Histo chart - 1-12-14