In support of the mission of the College, the mission of the School of Clinical Laboratory Sciences Histotechnology program is to provide quality education to a diverse group of students enabling them to function as competent entry-level histotechnologists and serve in leadership, educational, and technical roles within the profession.
- The program’s master curriculum prepares graduates with the psychomotor skills, cognitive knowledge, and affective attitudes necessary to function as competent entry-level histotechnologists.
- The program’s master curriculum is in compliance with National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) accreditation criteria.
- The program’s master curriculum prepares graduates with the cognitive knowledge necessary to successfully pass the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Certification exam.
Student Expected Outcomes (Entry-Level Competencies)
The histotechnology program prepares professionals who are competent to perform a full range of histology laboratory techniques and who possess skills in clinical decision-making, regulatory compliance, education, management, quality assurance and performance improvement wherever histology laboratory testing is researched, developed, or performed. At completion of the Histotechnology program, students will:
- Receive and accession tissue specimens.
- Assist with and/or perform gross examination and frozen section procedures.
- Prepare tissue specimens for microscopic examinations, including the routine procedures of fixation, processing, embedding, microtomy, and H & E staining.
- Apply principles and perform complex procedures for processing and staining tissues, including enzyme and immunohistochemistry.
- Recognize factors that affect procedures and results, and take appropriate action when corrections are indicated.
- Identify tissue structures, cell components, and their staining characteristics, and relate them to physiological functions.
- Apply process improvement methods to evaluate techniques, procedures, instruments, and methods.
- Establish and perform preventative and corrective maintenance of equipment or instruments, as well as identify appropriate sources for repair.
- Make decisions concerning the results of quality control and quality assurance measures and perform procedures to maintain accuracy and precision.
- Confirm abnormal results, and develop solutions to problems concerning the generation of laboratory data.
- Participate in laboratory compliance with applicable regulations on safety.
- Explain the basic principles of managing people and the essential principles of laboratory operations including financial management, marketing, and human resources management.
- Demonstrate professional behavior and interpersonal communication skills with laboratory personnel, other health care professionals, and the public.
- Recognize and act upon individual needs for continuing education as a function of growth and maintenance of professional competence.
- Recognize the responsibilities of other laboratory and healthcare professionals and interact with them with respect for their jobs and patient care.
- Demonstrate ethical standards and confidentiality with patient medical information.
- Develop instructional materials and present information using educational principles.
- Apply principles of information literacy and research design sufficient to evaluate published studies as an informed customer and utilize information to accomplish a specific purpose.
- Demonstrate service excellence through commitment, integrity, caring and teamwork.