The Histotechnology School of UPMC - Our Mission

The mission of The Histotechnology School of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is to provide an adequate number of qualified histotechnologists to serve Western Pennsylvania and other areas of the country. The school seeks to design, develop and implement an appropriate instructional program. Students will learn to think more critically and become independent learners. They will recognize their position in the total health care structure and understand their legal, ethical and moral responsibilities to the employers and communities which they serve. This program demands a commitment from both the faculty and the graduate to excellence in professional standards and behaviors. Being located in an academic community, the school is dedicated to excellence in education to produce graduates who will have a comprehensive knowledge of clinical histology and function as competent, informed personnel.

Education Program

The Histotechnology School of UPMC is a 12-month certificate program. The education is conducted under the close supervision of experienced laboratory professionals of Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, and UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside.

The 12-month program begins in July and January of each year and combines didactic and practical training. The curriculum includes instruction in the collection and preparation of surgical biopsy material.

Students gain practical experience by means of systematic rotation through the up-to-date laboratories of UPMC. Upon completion of this program, the successful graduate will be eligible to take the American Society of Clinical Pathologists Board of Certification for Histotechnicians, HT(ASCP).