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Histological Technician Certificate

If you’re looking for a career in healthcare and want to help people without working with patients directly, the new online Histological Technician Certificate Program at Broome Community College provides the perfect opportunity.
In one year students earn a histological technician certificate through a curriculum that prepares them to take the New York State Licensure and national certification exams.

“Histological technicians (HTs) work directly with pathologists in hospital laboratories,” explained Rachael Hagerman, chairperson of the Clinical Laboratory Technologies Department. “They prepare the specimens that the pathologists use to diagnose cancers, diagnose illness, or identify an array of bizarre growths on the human body. They see anything and everything that can be cut from a body: large tumors, toes, feet, and things that people have ingested that need to be removed.”

According to Hagerman, HTs work in research, in almost all fields of biology, and are frequently used in cancer research, particularly to help determine the effectiveness of new treatments. Most published research on cancer includes histological specimens.

In addition to online coursework, there is a clinical component where students work in hospitals one-to-two days a week. One coursework is completed, they also participate in a clinical rotation five days a week for eight weeks.

Students complete their studies on a part-time basis, once again demonstrating BCC’s commitment to the success of non-traditional students. However, to complete the Histological Technician Certificate program within one year, entering students typically have previously earned an associate’s degree in a health science program or a related field.

Amy Cook, Assistant Professor of the Histological Technician Program, said graduates can expect to be in high demand.

“We anticipate shortages in this field because the average age of an HT is 53 so many people are thinking about retirement. In addition, HTs don’t generally work weekends or holidays so there’s a very good quality of life,” she said.

For more information, call the Clinical Laboratory Technologies Department at 607 778-5149 or email hagermanrm@sunybroome.edu.