Associate Degree

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Why This Program

A cooperative agreement exists between Northampton Community College (NCC) and Reading Area Community College (RACC) for students wishing to pursue a career as a Histotechnician.


Students must successfully complete general education courses at Northampton Community College and complete the remainder of the Histotechnician (HT) program at Reading Area Community College. After satisfactory completion of all program requirements, students earn an Associate Degree in Applied Science in the Histotechnician Program from Reading Area Community College.

Program Details

Semesters: 4

Credits: 63

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Locations: Bethlehem

Program Overview:

The A.A.S. degree program in Histotechnology is designed to provide quality instruction to develop highly skilled and ethical histologic technology providers. Students will obtain the necessary academic and technical skills in all areas of the histology laboratory. Technical skills will include training to process body tissues for microscopic examination, frozen section assistance, embedding techniques, microtomy, and special staining techniques.

The primary goal of this program is to provide the theoretical and practical training necessary to prepare a student to enter the job market as an entry level, competent histotechnician who is eligible to become a certified Histotechnician (HT) through theAmerican Society for Clinical Pathology.

Future Career Paths

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for clinical laboratory technicians is expected to grow within the next 10 years, and the median pay is over $57,000. As a histotechnician, you may work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Medical & Diagnostic Labs
  • Physician Offices
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Outpatient Care Centers

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