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Histology Technician Program (Arizona and Minnesota)

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Program description

Mayo School of Health Sciences has a nine-month Histology Technician Program. The program offers an exceptional educational experience by providing high-quality didactic and clinical experiences needed to create a well-rounded, fully competent histology technician.

The Histology Technician Program provides instruction on how to properly accession, gross, fix, process, embed, cut and stain tissue, as well as troubleshoot technical issues that may arise in the laboratory setting. Students also gain knowledge in the microscopic appearance of normal and abnormal tissue and develop their skills as laboratory professionals in health care.

Didactic and clinical experiences in electron microscopy, immunohistochemistry, cytology preparation techniques, enzyme histochemistry and molecular pathology are unique aspects to the program highlighted in the histology enrichment curriculum.

Mission statement

Our commitment is to develop bright, ambitious future leaders in the field of histotechnology, proven through outstanding academic achievement and highly proficient technical aptitude.


The Histology Technician Program will offer an unparalleled educational experience by consistently providing a high-quality histology curriculum in a blended learning format.


We believe:

  • A high-quality histologic product is a critical component to an accurate patient diagnosis
  • A community of educators is necessary to provide a broad learning experience and address the individual needs of the learner
  • Collaboration is important for successful growth and development of the student
  • Everyone in our diverse learning environment has an equal voice and must be treated with dignity
  • Every student has the capacity to succeed and demonstrate professional excellence
  • Experiential learning is necessary to increase knowledge and clarify meaning
  • Innovation and technology enhances the educational experience


  • Excellence: To deliver the best patient outcomes through knowledge and technical aptitude
  • Commitment to quality: To deliver the highest quality histologic product to each and every patient sample
  • Innovation: To further advance the field of histology through the use of creative reasoning and cutting-edge technology
  • Professionalism: To exemplify the histology technician's professional role in the health care system and society
  • Mutual respect: To treat everyone with dignity and advance cultural awareness
  • Teamwork: To value the contributions of all and promote collaboration among medical professionals
  • Integrity: To adhere to the highest standards of professionalism, ethics and personal responsibility
  • Lifelong learning: To dedicate oneself to continuing education and ongoing technical skill development

Gainful employment disclosure report

The Department of Education requires disclosure of student debt and employment information to assist students in making informed decisions prior to enrolling in this education program.


Mayo School of Health Sciences' Histology Technician Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

See accreditation information for the College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic.

Photo of Mayo Clinic histology students in classroom


Mayo Clinic's histology technician training facilities were designed specifically for the program and are located in close proximity to the histology-based laboratories. The facilities provide an excellent training environment, and each area has state-of-the-art equipment.

Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, includes an extensive outpatient complex, Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, and substantial research and education facilities. This Mayo Clinic site is among the largest, most advanced medical centers in the world.

Since opening in Scottsdale, Arizona, in 1987, Mayo Clinic has evolved into an integrated multisite system that includes the five-story Mayo Clinic Building, Collaborative Research Building and Samuel C. Johnson Research Building in Scottsdale, as well as Mayo Clinic Hospital and Mayo Clinic Specialty Building in northeast Phoenix. Take a virtual tour of Mayo Clinic's Arizona and Minnesota campuses.

Graduation and certification

Upon completion of the Histology Technician Program, graduates receive a certificate of completion from Mayo School of Health Sciences and are eligible to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification examination to become a nationally certified histology technician. The program has a 100 percent first-time pass rate for the national certification examination.

An option also exists in Minnesota to gain an Associate of Science histology technician degree through a partnership with Rochester Community and Technical College.


For the majority of the classroom instruction and clinical rotations, the learning schedule will include eight-hour (equivalent) days, five days a week starting at 7 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m. at the Rochester, Minnesota, campus. Arizona instruction and clinical rotations start at 6 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. On occasion, early morning and late afternoon clinical rotations are scheduled. Two to three hours of homework a day on average is assigned.

Class size

Each year, Mayo School of Health Sciences admits two cohorts of students:

  • Six students are admitted into each cohort at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
  • One student is admitted into the second cohort at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The first cohort of students begins in August and graduates in May. The second cohort of students begins in January and graduates in October. During the program, students receive a comprehensive educational experience with one-on-one instruction.

  • Oct 8, 2015
  • ART115773