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Medical Histology Technician AAT and AAS-T Degree

degree Info at a Glance
Type
AAT and AAS-T Degree
Estimated # of Quarters
This degree is approximately 4 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Fall quarter.

Trains students to prepare thin sections of human tissue for microscopic examination.

Prepares students for entry-level employment as medical histology technicians in clinical, veterinary and research laboratories. This program also serves as a pathway for career advancement in specialized areas in the medical histotechnology profession.

The Medical Histology Technician Program stresses practical application and the development of job skills as well as medical histotechnology theory.

Designed to enhance students’ abilities to reason, understand and apply correct principles of medical histotechnology by teaching analytical and critical thinking skills, the Medical Histology Technician Program prepares students to sit for the National Board Certification Exam.

New entrants into the field, as well as incumbent workers who have not had the advantage of receiving a strong theoretical foundation, will find this course of study beneficial. Students will be involved in classroom/lab work for the first three quarters of the program with the remaining time spent in a clinical rotation.

Students are required to carry personal health/medical insurance throughout their clinical rotations. Quarterly insurance for students may be purchased; further information is available through the Advising and Counseling Office. No student will be allowed at a clinical site without proof of insurance.

Students pursuing an AAT or AAS-T degree must complete all college degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the requirements for diversity, computer literacy and the capstone project.

Program Accreditation: This program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences:

5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, 773-714-8880

Employability Requirements: Graduates are required to pass a national certification exam prior to employment. Students must pass a background check prior to being allowed to perform clinical rotations. Students are required to maintain immunizations and acquire an American Health Association CPR Healthcare Provider card. 

Prerequisites: Before starting the program, students must have a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma.

In order to participate in the clinical aspect of the program, students must receive a No Record on File Report related to Crimes Against Persons on a criminal background check They must obtain CPR certification and must have current immunizations or laboratory verification of immune status, which could include, but is not limited to, Hepatitis B series, Tetanus/Diphtheria, Tuberculosis Test, Measles/Mumps/Rubella, and Varicella, as required by contracts with clinical facilities and CDC recommendations. Proof of immunizations is required by the last day of class in fall quarter, without exception. Students are required to carry personal health/medical insurance throughout their clinical rotations. Quarterly insurance for students may be purchased; further information is available through the Advising and Counseling Office. No student will be allowed at a clinical site without proof of insurance.

Note: This program requires that three of the general education courses be taken prior to beginning the HISTO course sequence. Therefore, BIOL& 175 CHEM& 110, and ENGL& 101 need to be taken prior to fall quarter when the HISTO courses begin.

Degree Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
BIOL& 175Human Biology W/Lab5
CAH 102Medical Terminology I5
CAH 105CLComputer Applications5
CHEM& 110Chemical Concepts W/Lab5
CMST& 220Public Speaking5
ENGL& 101English Composition I5
HISTO 105Orientation to the Histology Laboratory2
HISTO 110Histotechnology I10
HISTO 115Histotechnology Lab I5
HISTO 120Histotechnology II10
HISTO 125Histotechnology Lab II5
HISTO 130Math Applications for Histology3
HISTO 135Histotechnology III10
HISTO 140Histotechnology Lab III5
HISTO 145Immunohisto Chemistry5
HISTO 150CAPHistology Internship10
HISTO 160Histology Seminar5
 Technical Credits100

Human Biology W/Lab

Item #
BIOL& 175
Total Credits
5

This course is an in-depth approach to body systems, emphasizing the relationship between structure and functions. This is a laboratory course appropriate for non-science majors or for students beginning study in life sciences. 

Prerequisites
COMPASS reading score of 81 and writing score of 77 or successful completion of ENG 094.
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Medical Terminology I

Item #
CAH 102
Total Credits
5

Provides students with the basic techniques of medical word building using basic word elements. The class will be organized according to specific body systems and will include key terms and the introduction of anatomical, physiological and pathological terms.

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Computer Applications

Item #
CAH 105CL
Total Credits
5

Provides training in the uses of Microsoft Windows and related programs with an introduction to Electronic Health Records. Students will use computers to develop touch control and proper keyboarding and 10-key techniques.

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Chemical Concepts W/Lab

Item #
CHEM& 110
Total Credits
5

An introduction to chemistry intended for non-science majors. This course looks at how models of atoms, bonding and the structures of materials provide an understanding of common chemical properties and reactions.

Fall Quarter Lab Times

For Fall Quarter 2015, section 0513 will have lab times on Fridays from 10-11:50 a.m. from Sept. 25-Dec. 11.

For Fall Quarter 2015, section 0514 will have lab times on Fridays from 12-1:50 p.m. from Sept. 25-Dec. 11.

Co-requisites
Students who have not completed MAT 099 or achieved a COMPASS score of 76 or higher on College Algebra must take MAT 099 concurrently with this course.
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Public Speaking

Item #
CMST& 220
Total Credits
5

An Open Course Library class with inexpensive course materials. Assists students in developing real-world oral communication skills. Capture the dynamics of today’s business realities and see the benefits of effective communication. Selection of topics, library research, analysis, oral style, use of visual aids, and preparation and delivery of various types of speeches and oral presentations are included. The Internet, email, community interaction, and other practical tools support student learning and increase public speaking skills. Emphasis is placed on principles of cultural diversity.

 

Prerequisites
Appropriate COMPASS (81 in reading)/SLEP placement score or successful completion of ENG 094.
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English Composition I

Item #
ENGL& 101
Total Credits
5

Introduction to expository writing with an emphasis on unified, coherent essays. Learn to generate essays that support a thesis and to use the rhetorical modes of development — narration, description, comparison/contrast, cause and effect, persuasion — appropriately. Recognize writing as a process and use secondary MLA/ APA documentation styles to support critical thinking and writing.

 

Prerequisites
COMPASS score of 77 in writing and 81 in reading. Placement score or successful completion of ENG 094.
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Orientation to the Histology Laboratory

Item #
HISTO 105
Total 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.
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Histotechnology I

Item #
HISTO 110
Total 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.
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Histotechnology Lab I

Item #
HISTO 115
Total 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.
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Histotechnology II

Item #
HISTO 120
Total 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.
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Histotechnology Lab II

Item #
HISTO 125
Total 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.
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Math Applications for Histology

Item #
HISTO 130
Total Credits
3

Introduces laboratory mathematics with an emphasis on solution preparation. 

Co-requisites
HISTO 120 and HISTO 125.
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Histotechnology III

Item #
HISTO 135
Total 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.
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Histotechnology Lab III

Item #
HISTO 140
Total 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.
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Immunohisto Chemistry

Item #
HISTO 145
Total Credits
5

Covers basic immunohistochemistry theory and techniques. 

Co-requisites
HISTO 135 and HISTO 140.
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Histology Internship

Item #
HISTO 150CAP
Total 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.
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Histology Seminar

Item #
HISTO 160
Total 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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AAT Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
 Technical Course Requirements100
Math for Health Care Professionals or Any 100-Level Math Class5
General Psychology (or other social science or humanities class)5
 Total Credits110

Math for Health Care Professionals or Any 100-Level Math Class

Total Credits
5
MAT 108 is preferred.
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General Psychology (or other social science or humanities class)

Total Credits
5
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AAS-T Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
 Technical Course Requirements100
10 Credits of Quantitative Reasoning10
5 Credits in Social Science, Humanities, or Science5
 Total Credits115

10 Credits of Quantitative Reasoning

Total Credits
10
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5 Credits in Social Science, Humanities, or Science

Total Credits
5
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