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Histology Technicians prepare tissue for microscopic study by the pathologist to confirm or identify disease processes. This preparation process includes fixation, processing, embedding in a paraffin block, cutting microthin sections and staining to enhance nuclear and cytoplasmic detail.

Effective for the July 2017 incoming class, BHCLR will offer:

  • The existing one-year certificate track for students on the Little Rock campus
  • The existing online full Distant Education which requires no general education prerequisites
  • A new Associate of Applied Science (AAS) track for students on the Little Rock campus
  • And a new Associate of Applied Science (AAS) track online full Distant Education
    • The two new Associate of Applied Science (AAS) tracks will requires 27 credit hours of general education pre-requisites

      Fast Facts:
      • 12 months
      • Classes begin in July
      • Application Deadline: March 1st
      • File completion: March 15th
      • A portion of this curriculum utilizes web-based instruction.

      • Completed Application Process
      • Composite ACT Score of 18 or above is required.
      • A BHCLR applicant must be a high school graduate or have a GED prior to program start date. Please note that these are minimum requirements and applicants are ranked according to academic criteria.
      • Interview with selection committee.
      • View application information
      • Histotechnology Technology Checklist

      The Associate of Applied Science applicant will also be required to have the following pre-requisites.


    • College Algebra (3 hrs) ACTS: MATH 1103
    • Composition I (3 hrs) ACTS: ENGL 1013
    • Composition II (3 hrs) ACTS: ENGL 1023
    • Computer Concepts (3 hrs) ACTS: CPSI 1003
    • Biology (4 hrs) ACTS: BIOL 1004
    • Fundamental Chemistry(4 hrs) ACTS: CHEM 1214 OR Chemistry I (4hrs) ACTS: CHEM 1414
    • Psychology (3 hrs) ACTS: PSYC 1103 or Sociology (3 hrs) ACTS: SOCI 1013
    • Anatomy and Physiology(4 hrs) ACTS: BIOL???* OR Structure and Function (4hrs) ACTS: BIOL???*

    • * This course is a one semester survey of Structure and Function or Anatomy & Physiology of the twelve organ systems of the human body and how they work together to maintain homeostasis. Prior knowledge of general cellular biology is expected. Must include a lab as part of the course.

    Both the certificate and the AAS tracks will be offered to incoming students for July 2017and 2018.

    Effective July 2019, Baptist Health College Little Rock will only offer the AAS in Histotechnology and the 27 general education credits listed above will be required for all applicants.

    *Please note: A GED qualifies for these prerequisites.
    • Math (may be high school credit)
    • Biology (may be high school credit)

    (In addition to other academic requirements)
    • Must have 1080 hours of Histology lab experience within the last 5 years prior to starting program

    • Associate of Applied Science in Allied Health available through completer agreement with Pulaski Technical College. For more information, go to pulaskitech.edu


    How much does the Histotechnology Program cost?
    The cost of the Baptist Health School of Histotechnology varies depending on the individual student. Please download the cost plan for estimated costs.

    What if I don't make a 16 or above on the ACT?
    The Baptist Health School of Histotechnology requires an ACT Score of 16 or above for admission. If you do not score a 16 or above, we recommend that you re-test. Generally, students are able to increase their score with each time they take the ACT. We also recommend that you use a study guide or preparatory course that is specifically designed for the ACT.

    How many days a week will I be in class?
    As a student in the Baptist Health School of Histotechnology, you will be in class 4 days per week.

    Do you offer online classes?
    The School does offer online courses for applicants that have the prerequired experience mentioned above.

    Do you offer night classes?
    At this time, the Baptist Health School of Histotechnology does not offer classes at night.

    How much do Histotechnicians make?
    Earnings for Histotechnicians vary greatly, and have many different factors. Please visit the US Department of Labor website to find out earning information.

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