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8110 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church, VA 22042


The Inova Histology Program will provide an educational program that teaches the art and science of Histopathology via lecture and lab. A certified Histotechnician plays a vital role in the preparation of microscopic routine and special stain slides for tissue abnormalities diagnosed by a Pathologist. This program’s focus will be on technical abilities, troubleshooting, confidence to pass the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Certification Examination and versatility to work as a Histotechnician in a hospital setting, reference lab, or research facility.


The aim of the Inova Histology Program is to prepare the student to achieve a passing score on the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Histotechnology Board of Registry Certification Examination.


The Inova Histology Program will cover histology, immunohistochemistry, cytology specimen preparation, and light microscopy.

This program will also include principles and methodologies, problem‐solving, and troubleshooting for all major areas practiced in the contemporary histopathology laboratory. The Inova Histology Program is a full-time, 10 month (40 weeks) training program.

In order to graduate from the Inova Histology Program and to qualify to take the Board of Registry examination, the requirements are as follows:


  • Inova New (Hospital Orientation)
  • Introduction to the Profession
  • Course Syllabus Review

Laboratory Operations

  • Safety
  • Laboratory Mathematics
  • Medical Terminology
  • Equipment

Basic Histology: Tissues Morphology/Anatomy

  • Integument System
  • Lymphatic System
  • Connective Tissue
  • Digestive System
  • Nervous System
  • Respiratory System
  • Endocrine System
  • Urinary System
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Reproductive System


  • Tissue Identification
  • Reagents
  • Procedures
  • Parameters
  • Troubleshooting/problem solving of fixation artifacts


  • Procedures
  • Troubleshooting/problem solving
  • Reagents


  • Tissues
  • Tissue Orientation
  • Media
  • Troubleshooting/problem solving


  • Paraffin Embedded Tissue
  • Cryostat
  • Quality and Troubleshooting


  • Hematoxylin and Eosin
  • Quality control
  • Special Stains
  • Reagents
  • Procedures
  • Mounting

Cytopreparatory Techniques

  • Smears and Fine needle aspirations
  • Cell blocks and Papanicolaou Stains

Student Project

Students will complete three required projects for this program:

  1. The Basic Histology Project will include illustrations of cellular structure of tissue and organs that will be detailed, labeled, and colored accurately. Grading criteria will not be based on artistic ability. This project will be due at the end of week 10.
  2. The Special Stain Procedure Project will require the student to fill out the temple given for each special stain procedure and include an image. This project will be due at the end of week 20.
  3. The Slide Project will include embedding, cutting, and staining of given tissue. Grading for this project will be based on labeling of cassettes and slides, embedding, microtomy, and staining including special stains. The purpose of this project is to demonstrate competency under minimal supervision. This project will be due at the end of week 40.

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