Wisconsin Central Laboratory School of Histology

Aurora Consolidated Laboratory School of Histotechnology offers a Route 2 Study program for individuals that choose to become certified Histotechnicians or Histotechnologists. The program is a 12-month, full-time, hospital based program dedicated to providing students with academic and practical experience in histology. Those individuals entering the program with an Associate degree are eligible to take the HT certification exam, and individuals entering the program with a Bachelor of Science degree are eligible to take the HTL exam.

HistologyHistology Technician Responsibilities

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Work with formalin-fixed processed tissues
  • Identify tissue types for orientation during embedding and cutting
  • Cut thin microscopic slide sections from paraffin blocks on a microtome
  • Do frozen sections on fresh tissues for rapid diagnosis
  • Perform special stain procedures
  • Maintain quality control of patient specimens throughout histology processes
  • Other related histology duties

These tasks require patience, fine motor skills and the ability to work quickly but carefully in individual or group settings.

Prerequisites

You must have either:

An Associate Degree or at least 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of academic credit from a regionally accredited college/university with a combination of 12 semester hours (18 quarter hours) of biology, chemistry, and in addition at least one math class.

Or

A Baccalaureate Degree from a regionally accredited college/university with a combination of 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) of biology, chemistry, and in addition at least one math class.

Students must have earned a "C" or better in the required biology, chemistry and math classes and must have maintained an overall "C" or better average. Laboratory experience, keyboarding, anatomy and physiology, and medical terminology are helpful.

Contact Information and Program Dates

Contact Brandon Ward, Histology Education Coordinator by email, brandon.ward@aurora.org, or phone (414) 328-6299 for recruitment time-frame, application availability, and program start date. Application packets are available in early Spring for the new session and can be obtained from Brandon Ward, Histology Education Coordinator by email: brandon.ward@aurora.org.

After applications are received, interviews will be scheduled for individuals that meet ALL requirements as stated in the application. Additional questions regarding the program can be directed to Brandon Ward.

Admission to the program is limited, therefore completion of an application does not guarantee admission.

Certification

Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the ASCP certification exam through the Board of Registry of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.