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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

Each year, the Histology Technician Program holds two sessions. The first session begins in August and graduates in May. The second session begins in January and graduates in October.

Lectures originate primarily from the Minnesota campus and are made available to students in Arizona and Florida using interactive video-enabled virtual classrooms. Coursework is assigned online. All labs and clinical work take place at your home campus. In the application, you will select where you prefer to do your clinical work (Minnesota, Arizona or Florida). Minnesota applicants also select which start date they prefer (August or January), though appointment to the preferred start date is not guaranteed.

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. The second 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. 

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
Nov. 1, 2019 - March 1, 2020 Aug. 2020 Minnesota Online application
Mar. 1, 2020 - July 17, 2020 Jan. 2021 Minnesota, Arizona, Florida Online application

For instructions, please find the application instructions below: 

1. Create an account. Prior to submission of an application, you must create an account. Note the following as you create an account and begin completing an application.

  • On the Create an Account page:
    • For School of Study → School of Health Sciences
    • For Location → Rochester, MN, Phoenix, AZ, Jacksonville, FL
    • For Area of Interest → Histology Technician Program
    • For Start date → Choose date
  • On the My Account page:                                  
    • Scroll down to Next Steps → select "Start an Application"
  • On the Online Application page:
    • Verify that the program listed is what you want
    • Click "Continue with Application Selected Above"
  • On the Application Listing page:
    • Select "Start a New Full Application" 

2. Online application. The sections below are located in the application. You may complete them in order or click on the section you want on the left.

  • Program of interest
    • Review populated data for accuracy.
    • Complete "Reapplying and Education Completed" questions.
  • Personal information
    • Review populated data.
    • Complete any other fields.
    • If you didn't enter an address or phone number before, you will be required to enter it now.
  • Demographic data
    • Fill in as necessary.
  • Education
    • List all colleges attended.
  • Employment
    • Add work experience.
  • Standardized testing
    • There are no standardized tests required for the Histology Program.
  • Professional licensing and registration
    • There are no licenses required by the Histology Program. If you hold a license, you may enter the information.
  • Submit an essay
    • A goal statement or personal essay based on the questions listed in the online application.
  • Signature and submit
    • Certify and sign your application.
    • Submit your application.

3. Complete the recommendations/supplemental items. After submitting the application, select "Click here to upload program-specific supplemental item(s)."

  • Upload any supplemental items under the "Supplemental Items" box.
  • Enter email addresses for recommendations under the "Recommendation Requests."
  • Three professional references are required (suggested sources include work-related, education-related, and personal references). 

**If you do not complete these at the time of submission, please visit your "My Account" page and navigate to your application for a link to complete.

4. Submit transcripts. Submit the official transcripts of all college and university credits. Do not submit high school transcripts. Transcripts must be received in the original sealed envelope from the school and should be submitted to:

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

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.