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Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Histotechnology

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Histotechnology Associate of Applied Science | Argosy University, Twin Cities Argosy University, Twin Cities in Eagan, Minnesota, 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 patients 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. https://www.argosy.edu/locations/twin-cities/health-sciences-1/associate-of-applied-science-in-histotechnology?section=admissions-requirements

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Argosy University, Twin Cities in Eagan, Minnesota, 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 patients 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.

Course Format
The program requires the satisfactory completion of 67 credit hours. In addition to the program-specific courses, students are required to complete 21 credit hours in General Education to fulfill the requirements of an AAS degree. Students who successfully complete this program will be eligible to sit for the ASCP Histotechnician Board of Registry exam. 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 and are eligible to take the ASCP Histotechnologist Board of Registry Exam.

Students enrolled in the AAS in Histotechnology program must choose a Track I or Track II curriculum outline. Full-time students following the recommended Track I curriculum outline can complete the program in 22 months. The maximum allowable timeframe to complete the Track I curriculum based upon full-time status is 33 months.

Full-time students following the recommended Track II curriculum outline can complete the program in 18 months. The maximum allowable timeframe to complete the Track II curriculum based upon full-time status is 27 months.

Career Outcome
Graduates 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.

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Admissions Requirements

Track I


Applicants must provide proof of high school graduation or GED and meet one of the following conditions:

  • ACT composite score of 18 or above, or
  • Combined Math and Critical Reading SAT score of 870, or
  • Argosy University Entrance Exam passing score, or
  • Minimum High School or College GPA as follows:
    • For students with 12 or fewer college credit hours, cumulative High School GPA of 2.0 or above
    • For students with 13 or more college credit hours, cumulative College GPA of 2.0 or above
  • A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, "English Language Proficiency Policy."

Track II


  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, a nationally accredited institution approved and documented by the faculty and dean of the College of Health Sciences, or an appropriately certified foreign institution.
  • A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, "English Language Proficiency Policy."

All applications for admission to the AAS in Histotechnology degree program must be submitted to the Admissions Department. An admissions representative will help interested students to complete the following documentation:

  • Student Information Form
  • Personal interview
  • Completed Application for Admission Form
  • Proof of high school graduation or GED, or proof of earned college degree
  • ACT or SAT or Argosy University Entrance Exam score and pre-approved English language proficiency exam score (if applicable)
  • Official transcripts from all postsecondary schools attended
  • Clinical Training Agreement
  • Technical Standards Form
  • Health forms

Allied health professionals perform a wide range of physical tasks and assignments, and they must accept certain risks that are inherent in healthcare delivery. In applying for admission to Argosy University, prospective students are given information regarding these tasks, and applicants agree that they are capable of and willing to perform these tasks and assume these risks.

Course List

Track I

Students enrolled in the AAS in Histotechnology degree program—Track I are required to successfully complete 67 credit hours distributed as follows: general education requirements, 21 credit hours; core course requirements, 40 credit hours; clinical training requirements, 6 credit hours.

General Education Requirements (21 Credit Hours)

Students enrolled in the AAS in Histotechnology degree program—Track I are required to successfully complete seven general education courses (21 credit hours) distributed as follows: communications requirements, 6 credit hours; humanities requirements, 3 credit hours; mathematics requirements, 3 credit hours; natural sciences requirements, 3 credit hours; social sciences requirements, 3 credit hours; and general education elective requirements, 3 credit hours.

Communications Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

COM180 - Interpersonal Effectiveness
(3)

(3)

ENG101 - Composition I
(3)

(3)

Communications Requirements—6 Credit Hours

 

Humanities Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

PHI101 - Ethics in Contemporary Society
(3)

(3)

Humanities Requirements—3 Credit Hours

 

Mathematics Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

MAT107 - College Algebra
(3)

(3)

Mathematics Requirements—3 Credit Hours

 

Natural Sciences Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

BIO110 - Understanding Human Anatomy
(3)

(3)

Natural Sciences Requirements—3 Credit Hours

 

Social Sciences Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

PSY101 - General Psychology
(3)

(3)

Social Sciences Requirements—3 Credit Hours

 

General Elective Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following
  • General Education Elective (3)*
General Education Elective Requirements—3 Credit Hours

Note

*Students select course from any general education distribution area not already taken to fulfill another general education distribution area requirement.

Core Course Requirements (40 Credit Hours)

Students enrolled in the AAS in Histotechnology degree program—Track I are required to successfully complete 12 core courses (40 credit hours).

Core Course Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

CHM100 - General Chemistry
(3)

(3)

COM110 - Medical Terminology
(1)

(1)

HTT100 - Introduction to Microtechnique
(5)

(5)

HTT140 - Histology
(3)

(3)

HTT150 - Microtechnique I
(5)

(5)

HTT160 - Microtechnique II
(2)

(2)

HTT170 - Special Procedures I
(5)

(5)

HTT250 - Microtechnique III
(2)

(2)

HTT255 - Histochemistry and Immunohistochemistry
(3)

(3)

HTT260 - Techniques in Problem Solving: Case Studies
(3)

(3)

HTT270 - Special Procedures II
(5)

(5)

HTT280 - Comprehensive Review, Histotechnology
(3)

(3)

Core Course Requirements—40 Credit Hours

 

Clinical Training Requirements (6 Credit Hours)

Students enrolled in the AAS in Histotechnology degree program — Track I are required to successfully complete one clinical training course (6 credit hours).

Clinical Training Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

HTT290 - Clinical Histotechnology
(6)

(6)

Clinical Training Requirements—6 Credit Hours

 

Track II

Students enrolled in the AAS in Histotechnology degree program — Track II are required to successfully complete 54 credit hours distributed as follows: general education requirements, 3 credit hours; core course requirements, 45 credit hours; and clinical training requirements, 6 credit hours.

General Education Requirements (3 Credit Hours)*

Students enrolled in the AAS in Histotechnology degree program — Track II are required to successfully complete one general education course (3 credit hours).

General Education Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

COM180 - Interpersonal Effectiveness
(3)

(3)

General Education Requirements—3 Credit Hours

 Notes

* Please note that students who have not satisfied college level anatomy, general chemistry, algebra, and ethics requirements must complete BIO110 - Understanding Human Anatomy (3), CHM100 - General Chemistry (3), MAT107 - College Algebra (3), and PHI101 - Ethics in Contemporary Society (3) during the first semester of enrollment.

 

Core Course Requirements (45 Credit Hours)

Students enrolled in the AAS in Histotechnology degree program — Track II are required to successfully complete fourteen core courses (45 credit hours).

Core Course Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

COM110 - Medical Terminology
(1)

(1)

HTT100 - Introduction to Microtechnique
(5)

(5)

HTT120 - Educational Methodology
(2)

(2)

HTT140 - Histology
(3)

(3)

HTT150 - Microtechnique I
(5)

(5)

HTT160 - Microtechnique II
(2)

(2)

HTT170 - Special Procedures I
(5)

(5)

HTT210 - Electron Microscopy
(3)

(3)

HTT230 - Enzyme Histochemistry
(3)

(3)

HTT250 - Microtechnique III
(2)

(2)

HTT255 - Histochemistry and Immunohistochemistry
(3)

(3)

HTT260 - Techniques in Problem Solving: Case Studies
(3)

(3)

HTT270 - Special Procedures II
(5)

(5)

HTT280 - Comprehensive Review, Histotechnology
(3)

(3)

Core Course Requirements—45 Credit Hours

 

Clinical Training Requirements (6 Credit Hours)

Students enrolled in the AAS in Histotechnology degree program are required to successfully complete one clinical training course (6 credit hours).

Clinical Training Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

HTT290 - Clinical Histotechnology
(6)

(6)

Clinical Training Requirements—6 Credit Hours

 

Clinical Training Requirements (Track I and Track II)

HTT290 - Clinical Histotechnology is a four to five-month competence-based internship. Students are in-residence in a pathology laboratory during this phase of training. A sample list of clinical training sites is available upon request. Students earn 6 credit hours for completing all required competencies satisfactorily.

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