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Histology Technician Program (Arizona, Florida and Minnesota)

How to Apply

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 and takes place only at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Rochester, Minnesota.

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 Mayo Clinic's campus in Scottsdale, Arizona, and two students at Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida. 

During the second session, lectures originate primarily from the Minnesota campus and are made available to students in Arizona and Florida 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:



Eight semester hours (anatomy, physiology, histology 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

U.S. citizenship or permanent immigrant status is required for admission to the Histology Technician Program.

Fluency in written and spoken English is essential for success in the program and to ensure patient safety.

Applicants who have completed education outside of the United States must have their academic degree evaluated by an acceptable evaluation agency for foreign transcripts. For a list of acceptable credentialing agencies, contact the program director. Important note: A foreign degree must be equivalent to a U.S. degree.

Application process

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

Application windowProgram start dateLocationApply
November 1 - March 1 August Minnesota Online application
March 1 - July 17 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: After submission, view the required Supplemental Items and Documents
    • Upload each required item in the Supplemental Items section
    • Complete the Recommendation Requests section

Additional required items

  • Complete a goal statement or personal essay questions and upload them to the Supplemental Items section.
  • Official transcripts of all college and university credits must be emailed from the institution to (preferred method) or mailed directly to:

Histology Technician Program
Attn: Sara Bantley
Mayo Clinic
Stabile Building, Room 3-64
200 First St. SW
Rochester, MN 55905

  • Three letters of recommendation are required and must be completed in the Recommendation Request section. Each recommender will receive an email with a link to complete a rating form and upload a letter.
    • Professional
    • Academic
    • Personal

Interview process

The selection committee carefully reviews each application. Individuals considered for an acceptance are invited to Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, Scottsdale, Arizona, or Jacksonville, Florida for a personal interview with the program director and selected interview committee members.

The interview process includes a behavioral interview, computer skills analysis, interaction with faculty members, and a tour of the facility.


Acceptance letters are emailed. If you are accepted, your reply is expected within 10 days. If you are accepted, you must complete a health review and background check.