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Allied Health Sciences, B.S. - Histotechnology emphasis

Histology is a laboratory science concerned with the demonstration of cellular morphology, chemical composition, and function of normal and abnormal tissue. A histotechnologist cuts, mounts, and stains tissues removed surgically to make the cell details visible for review. With the information learned from the section of tissue biopsy, a pathologist and physician can make appropriate diagnoses and determine the best course of treatment for a patient. Secondary admission.

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This program requires a secondary admission process.

Program Overview

Students complete at least 96 credits at Grand Valley State University and 24 credits (47 weeks, 40 hours per week) of clinical practicum at William Beaumont Hospital's nationally accredited histotechnology program in Royal Oak, MI. Acceptance into William Beaumont Hospital's program is a competitive process, and program officials determine those admitted to the clinical practicum. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science degree in allied health sciences with an emphasis in histotechnology. Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree requirements and the clinical requirements, students are eligible to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology certification exam for histotechnology.

Why Study Histotechnology at Grand Valley?

  • Courses are taught by faculty members who meet the highest levels of professional standards, not graduate assistants.
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates employment opportunities are expected to increase 16 percent from 2014-2024, faster than the average for all occupations.
  • According to the most recent salary survey conducted by the American Society for Clinical Pathology, in 2019, the average hourly wage for an HT is $28.83, while the average hourly wage for an HTL is $29.30.
  • The College of Health Professions maintains a dedicated staff of academic advisors to support the academic needs of students pursuing the histotechnology emphasis.
  • The William Beaumont Hospital histotechnology program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 5600 N. River Rd, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018.

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Location & Format

All undergraduate students begin their academic career on the Allendale Campus. Students in this major continue their upper division studies on the GVSU Health Campus, near the Grand Rapids Medical Mile.

  • Face To Face


In addition to an introductory medical laboratory science course, prerequisite science courses include:

  • Chemistry
  • Genetics
  • Hematology
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Physics

Admission Requirements


Allied health sciences requires a selective secondary admissions/application process in the following emphases: health professional degree completion and histotechnology. See the Academic Programs section of the catalog for details.

For More Information

College of Health Professions
School of Interdisciplinary Health
AHS - Histotechnology
500 Lafayette Ave. NE, Suite 106
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 331-5555

Admissions and Recruitment Office