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To apply to the Histology Technician Program, you must have verification of at least a 2.8 GPA on a 4.0 scale and successful completion of at least 36 semester hours of college-level course work with a strong track record in biology and chemistry.

Applicants must have obtained or will obtain an associate degree or higher upon completion of the program. Applicants have two options:

  1. Enter the program with an associate degree or higher from an accredited institution
  2. Earn an A.S. histology technician degree in partnership with Rochester Community and Technical College (see Rochester Community and Technical College's requirements to achieve an A.S. histology technician degree)

In addition, you must have completed courses with a C or better in these areas:

  • Eight semester hours of biology (anatomy, physiology, histology and medical terminology highly recommended)
  • Eight semester hours of chemistry
  • Three semester hours of social science or humanities (such as psychology, sociology or ethics)
  • Three semester hours of college math
  • Three semester hours of English or a writing course

It is also essential that applicants have basic computer skills to meet the demands of the online curriculum.

International applicants

U.S. citizenship or permanent immigrant status is required for admission to the Histology Technician Program.

Fluency in written and spoken English is essential for success in the program and to ensure patient safety.

Applicants who completed their education training outside the U.S. must have their educational transcripts translated (if they are not already in English) and evaluated for U.S. equivalency by an accredited credential evaluation service company prior to submission. Refer to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services for a list of qualified companies. The applicant pays for the examination and credential evaluation services.

Technical and essential functions

You must be able to perform the essential functions of the profession and meet the standards of the curriculum. Candidates seeking exceptions to these standards or reasonable accommodations should initiate their request with the program director.

See a complete listing of technical and essential functions required by the Histology Technician Program.

More information

See further Mayo School of Health Sciences admissions policy information.

  • Oct 8, 2015
  • ART077619