Award: Associate of Applied Sciences Degree –
Option in Science Laboratory Technology
For more information: Contact Laura Cianelli Preston, Dean of Nursing and Allied Health Professions, 443-412-2438, firstname.lastname@example.org;
or Advising, Career, and Transfer Services, 443-412-2301
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This program is designed to prepare students in the essential skills, techniques and specialized competencies required in the field of histotechnology. Formal classroom instruction is supplemented by two semesters of part-time clinical laboratory experience in the instrumental and microscopic procedures
required in histology techniques. Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be eligible for HT (ASCP) certification by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.
The histotechnology program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 River Rd., Suite 270, Rosemont, IL 60018 Phone: (773) 714-8880, Fax: (773) 714-8886.
The career component of the histotechnology program prepares students for immediate employment in a histology laboratory. Additionally, upon successful completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to take the histologic technician certification examination administered by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.
For technical goals, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate the ability to read and follow directions.
- Perform, compute, and interpret laboratory mathematical calculations and graphs.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the operational principles and components of commonly used laboratory equipment.
- Apply the principles of fixation, decalcification, dehydration, clearing, and infiltration to the successful processing of tissues.
- Perform proper embedding and sectioning of processed tissue specimens.
- Accurately prepare solutions and stains using the concepts of chemistry and mathematics.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the theory of staining techniques by successfully preparing tissues using routine and special staining procedures.
- Monitor internal and external quality assurance measures.
- Organize and present information in written and oral communication.
For professional behavior, the student will be able to:
- Display an attitude reflecting pride and professionalism in daily laboratory duties.
- Demonstrate adaptability, integrity, initiative, neatness, maturity, stability, and a desire for excellence.
Histotechnicians assist pathologists preparing tissues removed in surgery or autopsy for microscopic examination. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a faster than average growth is expected in this career. Opportunities nationally are expected to continue to increase. In the Baltimore metropolitan area, the outlook for employment is favorable.
Recommended Course Sequence
* Recommend MATH 101 (College Algebra) or 216
(Introduction to Statistics).
** Students need permission from the Dean of Nursing and Allied Health Professions
to register for these courses and must agree to follow all
guidelines in the Histotechnology Student Handbook.
These courses require the students to spend 21
hours/week in a hospital laboratory setting.
Students must contact the Dean as soon as possible to apply for admission and ensure placement in the Histology Praciticum.