For Histotechnician program inquiries, please email program director, Feather Ives, at

For more information about enrolling in the Histotechnician Certificate of Achievement, please contact Program Director, Feather Ives, at Click here for program curriculum.

Summer 2024 Enrollment Now Open! Enroll in Bioscience 9 to get started with your histotechnician training and bioscience career exploration. 

Steps to getting started:
  1. Apply for Admission to Merritt College 
  2. Wait for an acceptance letter via email. Follow all instructions.
  3. Enroll in Bioscience 9 – General Histology (an entirely online course)
  4. Once accepted, meet with a general counselor for a student education plan.

Watch: Learn about the in-demand field of Histotechnology and the fulfillment of being a histotechnician and using your skills to help doctors diagnose diseases.


Watch: Merritt College professor Feather Ives shares her career exploration and transition journey from advertising sales to stay at home mom to a student in Merritt College’s Microscopy and Histotechnician Programs to program director of the histotechnician certificate program and research associate at the Molecular Imaging Center at UC Berkeley:


For more information about enrolling in the Histotechnician Certificate of Achievement, or to join the mailing list, please contact Program Director, Feather Ives, at  Click here for program curriculum.


The Histotechnician 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 histotechnician certificate graduates, and will provide further training for those interested in research and/or careers in the private sector.

Our students and graduates have been hired by or interned with: