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Bachelor's in Histotechnology (BS)

College of Arts and Sciences

Roosevelt's program is the only bachelor's level histotechnology training program in the state of Illinois. The affiliation with Northwestern Memorial Hospital is exclusive and only current RU students are eligible to apply for the clinical training portion of the program.

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Location: Chicago
Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Type: Major
Histotechnology students complete a minimum 90 semester hours of academic course work at Roosevelt University, including the University Writing Requirement and the College of Arts and Sciences general education requirements, in addition to the histotechnology concentration requirements outlined below. They complete their last 30 semester hours in a one-year, full-time, daytime clinical training program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Upon successful completion of the clinical program, students receive a certificate in histotechnology from the hospital, a Bachelor of Science in Allied Health from the University, and are eligible to sit for the ASCP certification examination.

Expectations & Requirements

Standards

Histotechnology students complete a minimum 90 semester hours of academic course work at Roosevelt University, including the University Writing Requirement and the College of Arts and Sciences general education requirements, in addition to the histotechnology concentration requirements outlined below. They complete their last 30 semester hours in a one-year, full-time, daytime clinical training program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Upon successful completion of the clinical program, students receive a certificate in histotechnology from the hospital, a Bachelor of Science in Allied Health from the University, and are eligible to sit for the ASCP certification examination.

Sample Courses

  • Anatomy and Physiology I & II
  • Ecology, Genetics and Evolution
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • General Chemistry I & II
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • College Algebra
  • Elementary Statistics

Outcomes

Histotechnologists process patient samples for the detection of tissue abnormalities and to determine the best treatment for the diseases causing the abnormalities. In addition to the dyes and chemicals used to prepare and stain tissues for microscopy, immunological and DNA techniques are used to determine specific cell types in tumors. Histotechnologists work in conjunction with the pathology department at a variety of hospital, surgical and clinical locations. 

100% Job Placement
Job placement within three months of graduation is 100%.
Continue Your Education

Students can continue their education by applying to a master's program to become a pathology assistant.

Testimonials

Kelly Wentz-Hunter

"The histotechnology program has been an exciting addition to our allied health offerings. Northwestern Memorial Hospital approached Roosevelt University exclusively to work with them to design this program because of the difficulty in finding qualified employees in this field. As a result, our graduates field multiple employment offers after completion of their training."

Kelly Wentz-Hunter
Professor and Chair of the Department of Biological, Physical and Health Sciences and Director of Health Professions, Roosevelt University
Admission
‚ÄčAdmission into the ALH Histotechnology major at Roosevelt University follows standard criteria for the University. Admission to clinical training is at the discretion of the clinical affiliate, Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Students are not guaranteed admission. The minimum GPA for application for this program is 2.75 GPA overall and a 2.75 GPA in the pre-requisite courses.