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Twin Cities Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Histotechnology

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Histotechnology AAS Degree | Argosy University, Twin Cities See how our Twin Cities Histotechnology Associate of Applied Science Degree Program can build your technical skills in histology to work as a healthcare professional. https://www.argosy.edu/locations/twin-cities/health-sciences-1/associate-of-applied-science-in-histotechnology

Program Information

For more than 20 years, the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program in Histotechnology at Argosy University, Twin Cities has prepared students with the training, knowledge, and skills necessary to be successful in the field of Histotechnology.

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. Histotechnicians and Histotechnologists provide a vital service by examining and evaluating patient tissue and by interacting with pathologists, which ultimately results in a diagnosis and treatment plan.

The first step toward launching 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 Histotechnology AAS Degree at Argosy University, Twin Cities

The six-semester Histotechnology degree program requires 67 credit hours of study, which includes 21 credit hours in General Education and one semester of full-time (40 hours per week) clinical training. Students who enter the program with a bachelor’s degree that included 30 credit hours in biology and/or chemistry may apply to Track II and have their transfer credits evaluated. If they successfully transfer credit for general chemistry, anatomy, algebra, and ethics, they can have the opportunity to complete the program in 54 credit hours.

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.

Students choose a Track I or Track II curriculum outline. Full-time students following the recommended Track I curriculum can complete the program in 22 months. (The maximum allowable timeframe to complete the Track I curriculum is 33 months.) Full-time students following the Track II curriculum outline can complete the program in 19 months. (The maximum allowable timeframe to complete the Track II curriculum is 27 months.)

What knowledge and skills can I gain from completing the Twin Cities Histotechnology Program?

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.

What career opportunities are there for graduates of the Histotechnology Program?

Program graduates will be prepared to provide healthcare services as histotechnicians, preparing tissue specimens for examination and diagnosis by pathologists, who diagnose the specimens for body dysfunction and malignancy.

Many program graduates are employed in hospital pathology departments. Some are employed in research facilities, performing protocols to identify or track disease trends, or to test the results of medical devices. Others are employed as Mohs technicians, or specialize in dermatology histology, molecular histology, or Immunohistochemistry. Career options also encompass histology medical equipment sales and training.

Program Outcomes

Three-year (2014-2017) average certification pass rate percentage: 100%
Three-year (2013-2016) average graduation rate percentage: 85%
Three-year (2013-2016) average employment rate percentage: 94%

How to Apply

The first step toward launching 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.

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