Carolinas HealthCare System

Carolinas College School of Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Histotechnology Program

Mission

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.

Program Goals

  1. The program’s master curriculum prepares graduates with the psychomotor skills, cognitive knowledge, and affective attitudes necessary to function as competent entry-level histotechnologists.
  2. The program’s master curriculum is in compliance with National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) accreditation criteria.
  3. 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:

  1. Receive and accession tissue specimens.
  2. Assist with and/or perform gross examination and frozen section procedures.
  3. Prepare tissue specimens for microscopic examinations, including the routine procedures of fixation, processing, embedding, microtomy, and H & E staining.
  4. Apply principles and perform complex procedures for processing and staining tissues, including enzyme and immunohistochemistry.
  5. Recognize factors that affect procedures and results, and take appropriate action when corrections are indicated.
  6. Identify tissue structures, cell components, and their staining characteristics, and relate them to physiological functions.
  7. Apply process improvement methods to evaluate techniques, procedures, instruments, and methods.
  8. Establish and perform preventative and corrective maintenance of equipment or instruments, as well as identify appropriate sources for repair.
  9. Make decisions concerning the results of quality control and quality assurance measures and perform procedures to maintain accuracy and precision.
  10. Confirm abnormal results, and develop solutions to problems concerning the generation of laboratory data.
  11. Participate in laboratory compliance with applicable regulations on safety.
  12. Explain the basic principles of managing people and the essential principles of laboratory operations including financial management, marketing, and human resources management.
  13. Demonstrate professional behavior and interpersonal communication skills with laboratory personnel, other health care professionals, and the public.
  14. Recognize and act upon individual needs for continuing education as a function of growth and maintenance of professional competence.
  15. Recognize the responsibilities of other laboratory and healthcare professionals and interact with them with respect for their jobs and patient care.
  16. Demonstrate ethical standards and confidentiality with patient medical information.
  17. Develop instructional materials and present information using educational principles.
  18. 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.
  19. Demonstrate service excellence through commitment, integrity, caring and teamwork.

Program Outcomes

  • 100% graduation rate in 2013
  • 100% placement rate in 2013

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