Academic Catalog

Medical Histology Technician Classes

Orientation to the Histology Laboratory

Item Number
HISTO 105
Credits
2

Introduces laboratory and chemical safety as well as universal precautions. Covers basic overview of standard histology instrumentation, quality-control procedures, specimen accessioning, record keeping, and documentation. Explores laboratory and personnel certification requirements. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of BIOL& 175, CHEM& 110, and ENGL& 101.

Histotechnology I

Item Number
HISTO 110
Credits
10

Explores the theory and principles of fixation, processing, embedding, sectioning and cover slipping of tissue sections. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of BIOL& 175, CHEM& 110, and ENGL& 101.

Histotechnology Lab I

Item Number
HISTO 115
Credits
5

Explores work in a simulated histology laboratory on campus. Students will participate in hands-on training in basic grossing techniques, as well as in-depth training in processing, embedding and cutting tissue sections. Students will also learn to identify basic tissue structures using a light microscope. 

Co-requisites

HISTO 110.

Histotechnology II

Item Number
HISTO 120
Credits
10

Covers and expands upon the knowledge and skills learned in Histotechnology I. Students will begin to learn the theory and principles of hematoxylin and eosin staining, as well as the basic principles and procedures of carbohydrate stains. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of HISTO 105, HISTO 110 and HISTO 115.

Histotechnology Lab II

Item Number
HISTO 125
Credits
5

Expands upon the knowledge and skills learned in Histotechnology Lab I. Students will continue to increase their skills in embedding and tissue sectioning, including the cutting and staining of frozen tissue specimens. Students will learn to do carbohydrate and Amyloid stains. 

Co-requisites

HISTO 120.

Math Applications for Histology

Item Number
HISTO 130
Credits
3

Introduces laboratory mathematics with an emphasis on solution preparation. 

Co-requisites

HISTO 120 and HISTO 125.

Histotechnology III

Item Number
HISTO 135
Credits
10

Covers theory and techniques learned in Histotechnology I and II. Students will study more complicated special stains, focusing on methods used for microorganisms, pigments, minerals, the nervous system, connective tissue, and muscle stains. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of HISTO 120, HISTO 125 and HISTO 130.

Histotechnology Lab III

Item Number
HISTO 140
Credits
5

Expands upon the knowledge and techniques learned in HistoTechnology Lab I and II. Students will perform more complicated special stains focusing on methods used to demonstrate microorganisms, pigments and minerals. Students also perform special stains commonly run on brain, muscle and connective tissue. 

Co-requisites

HISTO 135.

Immunohisto Chemistry

Item Number
HISTO 145
Credits
5

Covers basic immunohistochemistry theory and techniques. 

Co-requisites

HISTO 135 and HISTO 140.

Histology Internship

Item Number
HISTO 150CAP
Credits
10

Covers the clinical phase of working in an affiliated histology laboratory. The staff of the affiliated laboratory directly supervise students. A report of No Record on File Regarding Crimes Against Persons from the Washington State Patrol is required for participation in this class. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of HISTO 135, HISTO 140 and HISTO 145.

Histology Seminar

Item Number
HISTO 160
Credits
5

Covers what students have learned while working in an affiliated histology laboratory. Students will also review for their certification exam. 

Co-requisites

HISTO 150.

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