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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 now closed. For more information about the Certificate of Achievement in Histotechnology, please contact Program Assistant and Employment Liaison, Feather Ives, at and cc program director, Dr. Shirley Pan, at Please check back soon for Summer 2019 course information. To join our mailing list for incoming students, email Program Coordinator, Feather Ives, at 


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.

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.

Our students and alumni have completed clinical rotations and been hired by our partners: