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Histology Technician Program student learning how to process microscope slides

Class size and location options

First session: August to May

The first session begins in August and graduates in May. This session is composed of six students at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Rochester, Minnesota, and one student at Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida.

Second session: January to October

The second session begins in January and graduates in October. This session is composed of six students at the Minnesota campus, one student at the Florida campus, and one student at Mayo Clinic's campus in Scottsdale, Arizona. 

Lectures originate primarily from the Minnesota campus and are made available to all students using live, interactive video-enabled virtual classrooms. Coursework is assigned online. All labs and clinical work take place at your home campus.

Before you apply

Prerequisites and technical standards


To be eligible to apply for the Histology Technician Program, you must have verification of at least a cumulative 2.8 GPA on a 4.0 scale with a strong track record in biology and chemistry.

Applicants have two options to enter the program:

  1. Earn an Associate of Science Histology Technician degree in partnership with Rochester Community and Technical College located in Rochester, Minnesota. Applicants complete 36 credits at RCTC and 24 credits at Mayo Clinic to complete their A.S. degree.
  2. Enter the program with an associate degree or higher from an accredited institution with completed required prerequisite coursework.

Prerequisite coursework

In addition, applicants must have completed courses with a grade C or better in these areas:

Subject Prerequisites


Eight semester hours (anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology highly recommended)


Eight semester hours

Social sciences

Three semester hours; this includes any social sciences or humanities course such as psychology, sociology or ethics


Three semester hours

English or writing

Three semester hours

It is also essential that applicants have basic computer skills to meet the demands of the online curriculum.

Technical and essential functions

See a complete listing of technical and essential functions required by the Histology Technician Program.

Non-U.S. citizen applicants

Non-U.S. citizen applicants

Admission to Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is open to U.S. workers in the four categories below. Therefore, visa sponsorship is not available.

  1. U.S. citizens
  2. U.S. nationals
  3. Lawful permanent residents
  4. Asylees and refugees

Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based test (TOEFL iBT). Scores from the speaking portion of the exam are given particular consideration in admission decisions. Learn more about the exam and register online at the Educational Testing Service.

The Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences code for the TOEFL iBT is 5784.

Educational transcripts from schools outside the U.S. must be translated (if they are not already in English) and evaluated for U.S. equivalence by an accredited credential evaluation service company prior to submission. Please refer to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services for a list of qualified companies. The applicant pays for the examination and credential-evaluation services.

Application process

Applications are reviewed as they are received. You are encouraged to apply early.

Application window Program start date Location Apply
Nov. 1 - Feb. 28 August Minnesota, Florida Online application
March 1 - June 30 January Minnesota, Arizona, Florida Online application

Application instructions

Complete the following steps to apply:

  1. Create an account to begin the online Application for Admission
    • Select – Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
    • Select – Histology Technician Program
  2. Complete each section of the application and submit
  3. Important additional required items: After submission, view the required Supplemental Items and Documents
    • Complete a personal essay to include answers to the following questions and then upload to the Supplemental Items section
      1. How did you become interested in the field you have chosen to study? Describe any observational or training experience(s) you have had and what you learned about the career from the experience(s).
      2. What are your career objectives within the field?
      3. How has your previous education or training prepared you for your career choice? What awards, academic honors, or scholarships have you received that might apply to your chosen field? What school or community activities have you participated in?
      4. Describe any personal qualities or experiences that make you a competitive candidate for this program.
    • Complete the Recommendation Requests section. Each recommender will receive an email with a link to complete a rating form. Three recommendations are required, one academic and two professional.
    • Unofficial transcripts of all college and university credits must be uploaded into the Supplemental Items section. High school transcripts are NOT required. If accepted into the program, official transcripts will be required prior to the start of the program.

Interview process

The selection committee carefully reviews each application. Individuals considered for an acceptance are invited to participate in a virtual, behavioral interview with the program director and selected interview committee members.

A tour of the facility may be offered to those unfamiliar with the campus and program facilities following the interview.


Acceptance letters are emailed to applicants. If you are accepted, your reply is expected within 10 days of receipt of letter. Prior to starting the program, you must complete a health review and background check.