Histology Technician Program student in a lab

Program description

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

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 offers 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 enhance 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.


The Histology Technician Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

  • National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
  • 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
  • Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
  • Phone: 847-939-3597

See accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.

Histology Technician Program students in a 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 the Mayo Clinic Specialty Building in northeast Phoenix.

Graduation and certification

Upon completion of the Histology Technician Program, graduates receive a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic 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.

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


Program hours vary depending on what portion of the curriculum is being taught. For the majority of the classroom instruction and clinical rotations, the learning schedule includes eight-hour days, Monday through Friday.

At the Rochester, Minnesota, campus, students must be available from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. for in-class didactic and laboratory instruction. At the Scottsdale, Arizona, campus, students must be available from 4 a.m. to 2 p.m. On occasion, early morning and late afternoon clinical rotations are scheduled. On average, two to three hours of homework a day is assigned.

Class size

Each year, the Histology Technician Program admits two cohorts of students. The first cohort begins in August and graduates in May. The second cohort begins in January and graduates in October.

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

During the program, students receive a comprehensive educational experience with one-on-one instruction.

Oct. 28, 2017