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Histotechnology (MHP) FAQs

How long is the program?

The program is 12 months in length. We begin in August, and the training is completed 12 months later in August. This includes the summer semester.

Can this program be completed online?

No, we do not offer an online program.

Must I take the general or a specific subject GRE?

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required for admission to the Master of Science in Histotechnology program.

Where should the ETS send my GRE scores?

The scores should be sent to institutional code 2194 (Drexel University College of Medicine). Please note, the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required for admission to the Master of Science in Histotechnology program.

What is the minimum undergraduate GPA required for applicants?

Competitive applicants will have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75.

What courses must I take to be eligible to apply for the program?

NAACLS, our accrediting agency, requires the following prerequisites:

  • English composition
  • College mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry

Other courses that strengthen an application are:

  • Histology
  • Human Anatomy
  • Microbiology
  • Biochemistry

What is the earliest I can apply and when is the application deadline?

The deadline for application is the second Friday in June of the year you wish to enroll. Applications are accepted from September until the following June application deadline.

Is there an online application?

Yes, there is. You can complete the online application by clicking "How to Apply" in the top right corner of any of our program's web pages and then clicking "Apply Now."

What do you expect as a letter of recommendation? Are there forms to be filled out? Should I submit the letters with my application form, or can they be submitted by the various persons providing the recommendation?

All evaluations should be in the form of a letter written on official letterhead with a signature. They can be and sent in a sealed and initialed envelope or submitted online. There are no official evaluation forms to be completed.

If you answer "No" to the “Committee Letter of Recommendation” and "No" to the “Interfolio” questions in the application, you will be able to list separately the individuals you will be submitting letters.

I applied last year and was not accepted. If I wish to reapply for next year, what materials must I submit and what can be carried over from the previous application?

We are able to use your previously submitted application materials. However, it is your responsibility to send us any documentation of updated transcripts, letters, work experience, shadowing experience, etc.

How many students are accepted for each class?

We accept four to six students per year.

How many applications do you receive per year?

We receive an average of 10 to 15 applications for each class.

What work experience is necessary to be eligible for application?

We do not require our applicants have been employed in a histology laboratory. However, we favor applicants who at least have shadowing experience in the field and who have a good understanding of the profession.

Do you conduct open houses for prospective applicants?

There are general open houses scheduled throughout the year – these dates/times can be found on the Graduate School home page.  However, if a prospective applicant wishes to make an appointment with the program co-director for a general information question-and-answer session and facilities tour, this can be arranged on an as-needed basis.

Is on-campus housing available?

Limited housing is available for graduate students. Information can be found at the graduate housing website.

Can international students apply, and what are the requirements?

We welcome applications from all eligible candidates, including those outside the US. In addition to the general requirements (undergraduate degree, prerequisite courses, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.), applicants must:

  • Submit all transcripts from institutions outside the U.S. for evaluation by WES. WES will then forward the official evaluation to us.
  • If English is not your first language, provide proof of English proficiency with academic TOEFL scores no more than two years old.

In addition, non-U.S. citizens accepted for enrollment at Drexel University College of Medicine shall make or cause to be made a payment ("deposit") to the Office of the Bursar for the purpose of ensuring financial stability to meet a full year's educational costs in advance of matriculation.

I am already a trained histotechnician/histotechnologist. If I complete the didactic portions of the program can I use my previous experience as the practical portion of the training?

No, in order to complete the program and be deemed eligible by Drexel University to sit for the ASCP board exam you must compete the entire 12 months of training.

Can I complete the didactic portion of my training onsite and then choose where I want to do my practical rotation?

No, all practical rotations are to be completed at our official affiliate institutions.

This sounds like an expensive proposition! Are there grants or scholarships available? What kind of financial aid can I expect?

We do not offer any grants or scholarships. The medical center financial aid office works with our accepted applicants to provide enough aid to cover tuition, fees, living expenses, etc.

The ASCP offers scholarships for qualified students. That website is:

How many hours per day are devoted to classes and rotations? Will I be able to work while I am a student?

The curriculum is quite rigorous and we strongly discourage students from holding jobs. Although the length of time spent in class and lab may not be a full eight-hour day, the necessary study time precludes employment.

Practical rotations are from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily during weekdays, so a traditional job is difficult to fit into that schedule. We do, however, allow students to hold positions that do not interfere with the rotations.