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Histologic Technology

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Histologic Technology program prepares students to provide clinical support to pathologists and researchers through application of technical expertise in processing body tissues for microscopic examination, frozen section assistance, embedding techniques, microtomy, and special staining techniques. Students in the Histologic Technology program will be in contact with potentially infectious blood, tissues, and body fluids. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Histologic Technology is also available.

Details

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Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Type
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Histologic Technology (DEG)
Total Credits Required
60-69
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses required within the program.
Completion of Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics courses within the last eight (8) years is required.

What You'll Learn
  • Application of safety and government standards and compliance to the histology laboratory setting. (HCC130, HCC130AA-AF, HST180, HST181, HST182, HST183, HST184, HST185, HST186, HST187, HST188)
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct in all histology practices. (HCC130, HCC130AA-AF, HST180, HST181, HST182, HST183, HST184, HST185, HST186, HST187, HST188, [HU], [SB])
  • Communicate utilizing sufficient medical terminology to serve the public, patients and members of the healthcare team. (HCC145AA, HST180, HST181, HST182, HST183, HST184, HST185, HST186, HST187, HST188, [FYC], (COM), (CRE))
  • Implement quality assurance and quality control principles to tissue collection, tissue preparation, frozen section procedures, and microtomy and microscopy procedures. (BIO156, BIO181, BIO201, BIO202, CHM130, CHM130LL, HST180, HST181, HST182, HST183, HST184, HST185, HST186, HST187, HST188, [MA])
  • Application of proper collection, preparation, staining, processing, and analysis of biological specimens and other substances including reporting of results. (BIO156, BIO181, BIO201, BIO202, CHM130, CHM130LL, HST180, HST181, HST182, HST183, HST184, HST185, HST186, HST187, HST188)
  • Application of methodologies and techniques including problem solving and troubleshooting for histology techniques and instrumentation. (BIO156, BIO181, BIO201, BIO202, CHM130, CHM130LL, HST180, HST181, HST182, HST183, HST184, HST185, HST186, HST187, HST188)
  • Utilize computer applications of laboratory information systems and laboratory instrumentation in performing histology techniques. HST180, HST181, HST182, HST183, HST184, HST185, HST186, HST187, HST188)
Career Opportunities
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:24
HST180Overview of Histology (Anatomic) Laboratory2
HST181Chemistry of Fixation3
HST182Microtomy5
HST183Practicum: Chemistry of Fixation1
HST184Practicum: Microtomy1
HST185Cellular Biological Staining5
HST186Cellular Biological and Immunohistochemical Staining5
HST187Practicum: Cellular Biological Staining1
HST188Practicum: Cellular Biological and Immunohistochemical Staining1
Course Sequence by Term
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
None.
Free Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:2
Select additional courses 100-level or higher to complete the minimum credits required for this degree.

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