Technical Standards

Updated 5/09

In an effort to assist with career choices, the Division of Nursing and Allied Health Professions provide the non-academic standards and skills necessary for each profession.  If a student determines that she or he is unable to do any of the skills listed and has a documented disability, the student will need work with Disability Support Services to determine if reasonable accommodations can be provided.  HCC is committed to serving students who have documented physical, learning, psychological, or other disabilities. Students who have a disability are responsible for contacting Disability Support Services at 443-412-2402 to discuss their needs for accommodations. All information shared with Disability Support Services will be held in confidence.

The histotechnologist performs complex medical laboratory tests for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.  The following physical, emotional and professional demands are required of a histotechnologist with or without reasonable accommodation:

  • Fine motor skills must be sufficient to perform such skills such as cutting, staining and mounting biological material on slides.
  • Physical mobility and strength sufficient to perform laboratory tests which may be repetitive.  Ability to maneuver in the laboratory and around instruments.
  • Visual and auditory abilities sufficient to perform laboratory tests. Specifically, visual acuity sufficient to analyze patient specimens including distinguishing colors and use of a microscope.  Auditory ability sufficient to communicate clearly in telephone conversations and communicate effectively with other members of the health care team. 
  • Ability to speak, comprehend, read and write English at a level that meets the need for accurate, clear and effective communication with other members of the health care team.
  • Arithmetic competence sufficient to read digital displays and graphs, calibrate equipment, use measuring tools, use the metric system as well as, add, subtract, multiply and divide and interpret simple statistical data.
  • Emotional stability sufficient to assume responsibility and accountability for actions, exercise sound judgment, adapt to environmental stress and monitor own emotions. 
  • Analytical thinking ability sufficient to transfer knowledge from one situation to another, prioritize tasks, problem solve, check for accuracy and use long-term and short term memory.
  • Interpersonal skills sufficient to establish a rapport with co- workers, negotiate interpersonal conflict and respect the rights and differences of co- workers.


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