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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

Enrollment for Fall 2017 classes is open now! 

Classes start Aug. 21. 


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

We will hold Biosci 2 and Biosci 10 in Fall 2017.  These courses are part of the first Microscopy certificate and are also required for the Histotech Program. If you’re confident in your academic skills you could take Biosci 2 & 10 as co-reqs and also co-enroll in Biosci 9 Histology, and/or also even take Biosci 55 Beginning Histotechniques. 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 Fall semester tend to run  in the afternoons or on Saturdays.

You don’t have to apply for the programs, just enroll in at least this Fall’s Biosci 2 and 10 microscopy courses that are the lead-ins to the Histotech program.

If you have any difficulties in signing up online, just come to class the first night and we’ll 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