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Dallas Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Histotechnology

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The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program in Histotechnology is designed to provide students with the education, training, and entry-level skills necessary to work in healthcare as Histotechnicians or Histotechnologists. Histology is the study of cells, tissues, and body systems. It is an essential component of anatomical pathology, as accurate diagnosis of cancer and other diseases often require the histopathological examination of samples.

The first step toward preparing for your career in Histotechnology is to apply today. You can learn more about financial aid options, available to those who qualify, by visiting our Financial Aid and Scholarships pages, or by contacting us to request more information.

About the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Histotechnology at Argosy University, Dallas
The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Histotechnology at Argosy University, Dallas, is dedicated to providing students with an in-depth understanding of the field of Histotechnology. Our goal is to teach students the technical skills, critical thinking, and professional behavior essential for performing effectively within a diversified histology community. The Argosy University, Dallas campus offers a supportive learning environment and qualified, award-winning faculty.

Students graduate with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Histotechnology and are eligible to complete the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Histotechnician Board of Registry Exam. Students who enter the program with a bachelor’s degree in Biology or Chemistry are able to sit for the ASCP Histotechnologist Board of Registry exam.

The degree may be earned through two tracks:

Track I
Students with an earned secondary degree or equivalent (GED) may apply for Track I of the AAS in Histotechnology degree program. The Track I program of study requires the satisfactory completion of 67 credit hours, including 21 credit hours of general education, 40 credit hours of core course requirements, and six 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 time frame to complete Track I program requirements, based upon full time status, is 33 months.

Track II
Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree (including a minimum of 30 credit hours of Chemistry and Biology) may apply for Track II, which requires the satisfactory completion of 54 credit hours, including three credit hours of general education, 45 credit hours of program-specific courses, and six 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 time frame to complete the Track II curriculum, based upon full-time status, is 27 months. Upon graduation, Track II students are eligible to pursue their Histotechnologist (HTL) certification. 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.

Argosy students pursuing their AAS degree in Histotechnology can become members of the Texas Society of Histotechnology and have an opportunity to participate in special projects, case studies, and competitions. Graduates are eligible to sit for the ASCP (American Society for Clinical Pathology) Histotechnician (HT) Board of Registry exam. Argosy University does not guarantee third-party certification/licensure. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensing exams and are subject to change without notice to Argosy University.

The Associate of Applied Science in Histotechnology degree program at Argosy University, Dallas is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (8410 West Bryn Mawr, Suite 670, Chicago, IL 60631, 773.714.8880).

What knowledge and skills will I gain from the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program in Histotechnology?
Our program is designed to teach students the important technical skills necessary to excel in the field of Histotechnology, as well to develop essential critical thinking, troubleshooting skills, and analytical abilities. Students can learn how to be an effective member of a team and how to interact with other healthcare professionals and patients in an ethical manner. Students also can develop an entry-level competency in standard histology laboratory procedures to assure accurate patient diagnosis.

What career opportunities are there for graduates of the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program in Histotechnology?
According to the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council, there are 90 member hospitals in the DFW area. Program graduates are prepared to provide healthcare services as Histotechnicians in a multitude of fields, including medical treatment and research facilities. They may also be employed as Mohs technicians, or specialize in dermatology histology, molecular histology, or Immunohistochemistry.

Clinical training sites have included University of Texas Southwest Medical Center, Pathologist Bio-Medical Laboratories, Propath Services, Lonestar Laboratory, and Cook Children’s Hospital.

How to apply
The first step toward preparing for your career in Histotechnology is to apply today. You can learn more about financial aid options, available to those who qualify, by visiting our Financial Aid and Scholarships pages, or by contacting us to request more information.