Argosy University Programs

Histotechnology
Associate of Applied Science

AAS, Histotechnology

Program Information

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Histotechnology degree program offered at Argosy University, Dallas is not accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (8410 West Bryn Mawr, Suite 670, Chicago, IL 60631, 1.773.714.8880). Graduates of this program will need additional full time acceptable laboratory experience in order to be eligible to sit for national certification examinations (ASCP, NCA). http://www.ascp.org/certification.

Argosy University, Dallas offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Histotechnology degree program. The mission of this program is to teach students to work as healthcare professionals, to interact with other healthcare professionals and patient samples in a professional and ethical manner, to develop the best possible technical skills in histology, and to demonstrate at all times the utmost respect and concern for the well-being of the patients they serve.

Graduates of the Histotechnology degree program will be prepared to provide healthcare services as histotechnicians. Histology is the study of cells, tissues, and body systems. Histotechnicians prepare tissue specimens for examination and diagnosis by pathologists. These tissue sections enable the pathologist to diagnose body dysfunction and malignancy.

Track I


Students with an earned secondary degree or equivalent (GED) may apply to Track I of the AAS in Histotechnology degree program. The Track I program of study requires the satisfactory completion of 67 semester credit hours that includes 21 credit hours of general education, 40 credit hours of program specific courses, and 6 credit hours of clinical training. Full-time students following the recommended Track I course sequence can complete the program in as little as 22 months. The maximum allowable timeframe to complete the Track I program requirements based upon full-time status is 33 months.

Track II


Students with an earned bachelor’s degree may apply to Track II of the AAS in Histotechnology degree program. The Track II program of study requires the satisfactory completion of 54 semester credit hours that include 3 credit hours of general education, 45 credit hours of program-specific courses, and 6 credit hours of clinical training. Full-time students following the recommended Track II course sequence can complete the program in as little as 18 months. The maximum allowable timeframe to complete the Track II curriculum based upon full-time status is 27 months.

In addition to the stated credit hour requirements, students enrolled in the AAS in Histotechnology degree program—Track II are required to have successfully completed the following college level courses: general chemistry, anatomy, algebra, and ethics. These requirements may be satisfied through transfer credit. Otherwise, students are required to complete the following courses during the first semester with a grade of “C“ or better:
• BIO 110 Understanding Human Anatomy (3)
• MAT 107 College Algebra (3)
• CHM 100 General Chemistry (3)
• PHI 101 Ethics in Contemporary Society (3)

Program Learning Outcomes


Outcome One: Psychomotor / Cognitive Domain
Students will demonstrate entry level competency in histology lab procedures appropriate for patient diagnosis.
1.1 Accurately and proficiently embed tissue and understand the principles of microtomy and produce slides of quality and quantity for patient diagnosis.
1.2 Understand the principles of staining and perform various stains of quality for patient diagnosis.
1.3 Understand the principles of processing and perform processing protocols.
1.4 Understand the concepts related to patient sample accessioning and understand and implement the concepts of quality control and safety in a lab setting.

Outcome Two: Cognitive Domain
Students will employ critical thinking skills in the decisions associated with laboratory work.
2.1 Evaluate quality in preparation of histology procedures and results; fixation, processing, embedding, microtomy, and staining preparations
2.2 Assess preparations and make changes or recommendations in accordance with the assessment.

Outcome Three: Affective Domain
Students will demonstrate positive relationship skills, including effective communication skills, respect for others, and awareness of the impact of their actions on others.
3.1 Apply active listening communication skills in interpersonal and organizational scenarios to establish empathetic and professional relationships.
3.2 Apply self-assessment skills to prepare for life-long learning and professional growth.
3.3 Demonstrate professional conduct, acceptance of constructive criticism, and interpersonal communication skills with patients, health care professionals, and the general public.
3.4 Practice within legal and ethical boundaries and demonstrate responsibility to meet the healthcare needs of patients.
3.5 Develop self-reliance, personal integrity, responsibility and independent problem-solving abilities to adapt to changing environments and demonstrate flexibility when encountering new, unusual, or stressful situations.
3.6 Demonstrate the skills, attributes and behaviors necessary to function as an effective health care provider and as a member of the professional medical community.

Certification Exams


The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC) was founded in 1928 by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), six years after the Society was founded in 1922. The BOC is a separate certifying body within the organizational structure of the ASCP. The AAS in Histotechnology degree program is designed to prepare graduates to take the ASCP Histotechnician (HT) Board of Certification exam.

Track I


Students who successfully complete this program will be eligible to sit for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Histotechnician (HT) Board of Certification exam. Completion of the program requirements does not guarantee passage of the ASCP Histotechnician (HT) Board of Certification exam. Requirements for taking and passing certification exams are subject to change without notice to Argosy University. The most current information regarding the ASCP Histotechnician (HT) Board of Certification exam can be found at www.ascp.org.

Track II


Students who enter the program with a bachelor’s degree that includes 30 credit hours in biology, chemistry or both, complete the program in 54 credit hours are eligible to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Histotechnologist (HTL) Board of Certification Exam. Completion of the program requirements does not guarantee passage of the ASCP Histotechnician (HT) Board of Certification exam. Requirements for taking and passing certification exams are subject to change without notice to Argosy University. The most current information regarding the ASCP Histotechnician (HT) Board of Certification exam can be found at www.ascp.org.

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Launch your career potential by enrolling in the AAS in Histotechnology program at Argosy University, Dallas. You can learn more about specific financial aid programs (available to those who qualify) on our Financial Aid & Scholarships pages, or by contacting us to request more information.

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