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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 tissues removed through surgical procedures, mounts the tissue sections on glass slides, and stains them with special dyes to make the cell details visible under the microscope. With the information learned from the section of tissue biopsy, the pathologist and the patient's physician can make appropriate diagnoses and determine the best course of treatment for the patient.

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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 Hospitals nationally accredited histotechnology program in Royal Oak, MI.

Acceptance into William Beaumont Hospitals 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.

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

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

Why Study Histotechnology at Grand Valley?

  • Courses are taught by tenure track or adjunct faculty members who meet the highest levels of professional standards; the program does not use graduate assistants to teach courses.
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates employment opportunities are expected to increase 16% from 2014-2024; faster than the average for all occupations.
  • According to the American Society for Clinical Pathology 2015 Wage Survey of Medical Laboratories, a staff histotechnologist earns an average of $57,000/year.
  • 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.

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

Career Options

Histotechnologists are in demand in:

  • Clinics and hospitals
  • Dermatopathology labs
  • Forensic pathology
  • Public health facilities
  • Research laboratories
  • Veterinary pathology

Combined Degree Programs

This undergraduate degree can be combined with a master's degree to save you time and money, and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, students save $8,500 in our combined degree programs and take up to four fewer classes than if earning the degrees separately.

You can even build your own combined degree from programs in different disciplines to further personalize your education and meet specific career goals.

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 Allied Health Sciences
500 Lafayette Ave. NE, Suite 106
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 331-5555

Admissions Office