School of Health Sciences

Academic Advising
3070 Human Health Building
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
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(248) 370-2369
shs@oakland.edu

Dean's Office
Human Health Building
(248) 370-3562
inhealth@oakland.edu

School of Health Sciences

Academic Advising
3070 Human Health Building
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-2369
shs@oakland.edu

Dean's Office
Human Health Building
(248) 370-3562
inhealth@oakland.edu

A woman holding up a slide while another woman looks into a microscope

Histotechnology

Within the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences, students may choose to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences with a specialization in Histotechnology (HTL). This specialization prepares students to perform a variety of diagnostic and research procedures in the anatomic sciences. Through hands-on experience, students learn how to assess real case studies and work with human samples to apply and execute the skills used in clinical practice, and can ultimately earn a clinical internship to complete their education.

These laboratory professionals are responsible for applying proper histological techniques that involve processing, sectioning and staining of tissue specimens that have been removed from humans or animals by biopsy, surgical procedures or autopsy.


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Christina R. Lim
Special Instructor and Coordinator
Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences
3169 Human Health Building
lim@oakland.edu

Curriculum

The pre-clinical education consists of 2-4 years of prerequisite and specialized classroom instruction meant to establish competencies in core scientific disciplines. The Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences major requires a cumulative GPA of 2.80 or higher for all specializations. Students are required to review the Undergraduate Catalog for CDS core curriculum and course grade requirements.

Clinical Internship

Students may apply for specialization standing in Histotechnology after completing the CDS core curriculum as listed in the Undergraduate Catalog, generally at the end of the sophomore year. The junior year consists of the specialization course requirements at Oakland University and the senior year includes the completion of a 12-month internship at an approved hospital based program. The internship includes instruction on advanced techniques such as: muscle enzyme histochemistry, electron microscopy, immunofluorescence and immunoenzyme procedures, in situ hybridization, image analysis and medical photography. Techniques in education methodology, management, research, technical writing and presentation of scientific information are also included in the curriculum.

Application to the hospital-based clinical internship is made during the winter semester of the sophomore year. Oakland University is affiliated with the accredited histotechnology clinical program at Beaumont Health System. Acceptance into the internship program is competitive and is based on grade point average, personal interview and letters of recommendation. Desirable candidates possess qualities/abilities in communication, computer literacy, leadership, multitasking, problem solving, and critical thinking.

Career Information

Job Outlook
While the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) does not collect data on histotechnologists specifically, they are included under the broader occupational group of medical and clinical laboratory technologists. BLS reports that jobs in this category are projected to increase 11 percent over the next decade.

Average Salary
The salary for histotechnologists varies according to their level and location. According to the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) 2017 Wage Survey of Clinical Laboratories in the United States, the staff level HTL national average salary is $56,369 per year and $61,608 per year at the supervisory level.

Consider this profession if you:
  • are fascinated by science
  • enjoy solving problems
  • like challenges and responsibility
  • are accurate and reliable
  • work well under pressure
  • communicate well
  • set high standards for yourself