Histotechnology AAS

HistotechnologyAAS

 

The Histotechnology program was suspended in August 2015. After a  review of the program was conducted by the college, the decision was made to close the program.  We are currently implementing a teach-out plan for current students. No further applications will be accepted, and the Histotechnology program will formally close at the end of the spring 2018 semester.

The Histotechnology program is delivered by current certified practitioners in the field through evening classes, including a day shift internship component. Upon completion of this program, the student will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination. They will enter the health care team as a Histotechnician.

There is a formal application process that is separate from the college admission application.

BEFORE YOU APPLY - PREREQUISITES FOR ADMISSION TO THE PROGRAM:
1. Accuplacer Placement Tests 2. Chemistry Prerequisite 3. Minimum GPA Prerequisite

Note: Current enrollment in prerequisite courses does not meet application requirements. Applicants who meet only the application prerequisite/requirements at the time of application may receive provisional acceptance pending successful completion of Math 1150 College Algebra prior to starting in Histotechnology department courses.

1. Take Placement Tests - All applicants are required to take the Accuplacer placement to evaluate current competency and readiness for college-level courses. Visit the NHCC Testing Center website www.nhcc.edu/testing for more information including: practice questions, scheduling an appointment, & policies.

  • Placement tests are required regardless of degree(s) held or coursework completed (no waivers accepted).
  • Placement tests must be taken within the 3 years prior to your program application.
  • All required coursework identified by the placement scores must be completed with a Pass/C grade or better after taking the test and prior to applying to the program.

In order to be ready to apply to the Histotechnology program, student must be college ready in Math (place into College Algebra - MATH1150 or higher); and Reading at college-level (no courses required); Ready for College Writing I (ENGL1201).

2. Chemistry Prerequisite - Applicants must have completed at minimum a full year of high school chemistry in the United States with a straight grade of “C” or higher OR a college-level Introduction to Chemistry (NHCC Chem 1010) with a straight grade of “C” or higher.

3. Minimum GPA Prerequisite - All College/Vocational-Technical Transcripts must include cumulative credits earned and grade point average. The minimum acceptable overall college GPA is 2.50. Minimum cumulative GPA in program-required math and science courses is 2.50.

If you have no college credits completed at the time of program application: High School Record must include final class rank percentile and grade point average. Applicants with only high school work must be at or above the 50% final class rank percentile (upper ½ of their class).

 

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2017 - 2018

  • Curriculum

    General Education Courses
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Course Subject: BIOL         Course Number:1230
    Course Title:Medical Terminology I - Basics      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:1

    Course Description:This course is designed to introduce students to the Greek and Latin derivatives used to form medical terminology. Students will learn how to build and analyze medical terms. Emphasis will be placed on proper spelling, definition, usage, and pronunciation of medical terms. Other topics include: prefixes, suffixes, combining forms, introduction to basic biology, and introduction to body systems.
    Medical Terminology I - BasicsViewn/a1
    Course Subject: BIOL         Course Number:2111
    Course Title:Human Anatomy and Physiology I      Goal Areas:03       Credits:4

    Course Description:This course is the first course of a two-course sequence. The course offers students a comprehensive study of the structure and function of the human body in a classroom and laboratory setting. Topics include anatomical terminology, homeostasis, cell structure and function, histology, as well as the anatomy and physiology of the following organ systems; integumentary, skeletal, articular, muscular, nervous, special senses and endocrine. Utilization of preserved specimens in the laboratory is a required part of the course. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) Strongly recommend college level reading abilities, a working knowledge of elementary algebra and a medical terminology course. Prerequisite: Biol 1001 or 1101 with grade of "C" or better. Recommendations for student success in this class include: a prior course in medical terminology, college level reading and basic algebra skills
    Human Anatomy and Physiology IView03 4
    Course Subject: BIOL         Course Number:2112
    Course Title:Human Anatomy and Physiology II      Goal Areas:03       Credits:4

    Course Description:This course is the second course of a two-course sequence. This course offers students a comprehensive study of the structure and function of the human body in a classroom and laboratory setting. Topics include the anatomy and physiology of the following organ systems: circulatory, non-specific and specific defenses, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive and early development. Strongly recommend college level reading abilities, a working knowledge of elementary algebra and a medical terminology course. Utilization of preserved specimens in the laboratory is a required part of the course. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) Prerequisite: Biol 2111 with a grade of "C" or better.
    Human Anatomy and Physiology IIView03 4
    Course Subject: CHEM         Course Number:1061
    Course Title:Principles of Chemistry I      Goal Areas:03       Credits:4

    Course Description:This course is a study of the basic concepts of Chemistry, with an emphasis on atomic theory, stoichiometric relationships, kinetic-molecular theory, molecular structure, and chemical bonding as related to the gas and liquid and solid phases. The lab portion with experiments includes observation, data collection, and mathematical applications that support the concepts being studied in class. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) Placement in this class will be determined by student college assessment score and/or successful completion of Math 1150 with a grade of C or better.
    Principles of Chemistry IView03 4
    Course Subject: CHEM         Course Number:1062
    Course Title:Principles of Chemistry II      Goal Areas:03       Credits:4

    Course Description:A continuation of CHEM 1061, this course emphasizes chemical equilibrium, solution chemistry, acid-base chemistry, precipitation reactions, complex ion formation, oxidation-reduction, and electrochemical reactions. The laboratory portion includes experimental applications of the lecture topics: determination of cation and anion (qualitative) content of unknown mixture, kinetics, acid-base equilibria, solubility, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and an introduction to nuclear chemistry. CHEM 1061 is required for this course. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab)
    Principles of Chemistry IIView03 4
    Course Subject: COMM         Course Number:1110
    Course Title:Principles of Interpersonal Communication      Goal Areas:01,07       Credits:3

    Course Description:This introductory course looks at communication in one-to-one relationships in friendships, families, the workplace, and elsewhere. Students will be challenged to discover and assess their own communication strengths and weaknesses as they define and discuss what it means to be a competent interpersonal communicator. Course content includes both theory and practice (skill development).
    Principles of Interpersonal CommunicationView01,07 3
    Course Subject: MATH         Course Number:1150
    Course Title:College Algebra      Goal Areas:04       Credits:3

    Course Description:This college-level course continues the study of algebra conducted in the developmental algebra courses. Topics include polynomial, rational, inverse, exponential, and logarithmic functions and their applications. Additional topics include systems of non-linear equations, systems of linear equations, and matrices. Prerequisites: College math placement level or successful completion of Math 0970 or 0980 with grade of "C" or better
    College AlgebraView04 3
    College Writing I
    Course Subject: ENGL         Course Number:1200
    Course Title:Gateway College Writing or      Goal Areas:01       Credits:4

    Course Description:This class provides extended practice in critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. Students will develop an effective writing process and work to achieve college-level competence in reading and responding to texts, visuals, events, and ideas in a variety of written formats, with an emphasis on the academic essay. Audience awareness, interpretation and analysis, logical reasoning, and persuasive and argumentative skills will be developed. MLA style documentation of primary sources will be included.
    Gateway College Writing orView01 4
    Course Subject: ENGL         Course Number:1201
    Course Title:College Writing I      Goal Areas:01       Credits:4

    Course Description:This class provides extended practice in critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. Students will develop an effective writing process and work to achieve college-level competence in reading and responding to texts, visuals, events, and ideas in a variety of written formats, with an emphasis on the academic essay. Audience awareness, interpretation and analysis, logical reasoning, and persuasive and argumentative skills will be developed. MLA style documentation of primary sources will be included.
    College Writing IView01 4
    1 course from BIOL1001, BIOL1101
    Course Subject: BIOL         Course Number:1001
    Course Title:Biology I or      Goal Areas:03       Credits:4

    Course Description:This course focuses on the concepts of biological chemistry, cell structure and function, cellular metabolism, molecular genetics and heredity reproduction and development. The course is intended for allied health majors and others not requiring a majors-level introductory biology. High school algebra and chemistry are recommended. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab).
    Biology I orView03 4
    Course Subject: BIOL         Course Number:1101
    Course Title:Principles of Biology I      Goal Areas:03       Credits:4

    Course Description:This is the first course in a two-semester biology sequence. This course introduces students to the concepts of cell structure and function, cellular metabolism, heredity and genetics. This course is intended for students for biological and physical science majors or those planning to enter a professional program. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) Prerequisite: CHEM 1061 or Concurrent Registration with CHEM 1061
    Principles of Biology IView03 4
     
    Program Courses
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Course Subject: HTN         Course Number:1000
    Course Title:Clinical Laboratory Basics      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:1

    Course Description:This course will introduce the student to the general role of health care provider as well as the specific role of the Histoechnician. Basic aspects of chemical safety, laboratory safety, quality assurance, microscopy, pipetting techniques, and laboratory mathematics also will be presented. Prerequisite: Admission to the Histotechnology Program
    Clinical Laboratory BasicsViewn/a1
    Course Subject: HTN         Course Number:1001
    Course Title:Histotechniques I      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description:This course will introduce current theory and practice in histotechnology including specimen processing and preservation, tissue embedding, histology instrumentation, microtomy, and the theory of routine H&E staining. Prerequisite: Biol 1001
    Histotechniques IViewn/a4
    Course Subject: HTN         Course Number:1002
    Course Title:Histotechniques II      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:2

    Course Description:This course is a continuation of Histotechnique I with emphasis on reinforcement of fundamental principles of histology. Procedures and maintenance of basic histology instruments will be introduced. Students will be expected to achieve entry-level competencies in basic lab techniques and additional techniques will be practiced. Prerequisites: HTN 1001
    Histotechniques IIViewn/a2
    Course Subject: HTN         Course Number:2003
    Course Title:Histotechniques III      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course is a continuation of Histotechnique II with emphasis on additional reagents used for techniques previously covered, maintenance of instrumentation, slide preparation, and processing of biopsy specimens. Prerequisites: HTN 1002
    Histotechniques IIIViewn/a3
    Course Subject: HTN         Course Number:2100
    Course Title:Special Stains      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description:Preparation of chemical reagents for the histology lab will be discussed and performed. The theory, practice, and microscopic evaluation of staining procedures for various applications will be covered. Prerequisites: Concurrent with HTN 2003
    Special StainsViewn/a4
    Course Subject: HTN         Course Number:2150
    Course Title:Special Procedures      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:2

    Course Description:Lectures and labs will build on skills learned and practiced in Histotechnique I and II. Reprocessing specimens for better results will be practiced with the use of simulated labs to emphasize organization and teamwork. Specialized procedures will be introduced including cryotomy, immuno-histochemistry, and cytology preparation. Prerequisites: Concurrent with HTN 2003
    Special ProceduresViewn/a2
    Course Subject: HTN         Course Number:2200
    Course Title:Histo-Anatomy      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:1

    Course Description:This course focuses on the description of microstructures of human organs and on cellular components of specific organs. Microscopic identification of these cellular components will be practiced. Prerequisites: Biol 2111 and Biol 2112
    Histo-AnatomyViewn/a1
    Course Subject: HTN         Course Number:2300
    Course Title:Histology Clinical Experience      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:12

    Course Description:This course gives students clinical experience necessary to develop entry-level technical skills in all aspects of the histology laboratory under the supervision of certified histotechnicians, histotechnologists, and pathologists. Emphasis will also be placed on acquiring effective team skills and preparation for the practical component of the certification exam. Prerequisites: Successful completion of all program-required general education and histotechnology courses
    Histology Clinical ExperienceViewn/a12
     
    NHCC Residency and GPA
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    15 Credits must be earned at NHCC
     
                                   Total Credits Required60
    Notes:

    Most Histotechnology courses are offered at Abbott Northwestern Hospital through an Evening Attendance option. The program concludes with a clinical component that is only offered on the day shift.


  • Program Outcomes

    Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World:

    • Develop entry level histotechnology skills in a clinical setting to prepare them for the workplace.

    Intellectual and Practical Skills:

    • Develop and demonstrate professionalism and concern for the customer.
    • Develop competence in the theoretical knowledge and technical skills necessary for proficient performance of clinical laboratory procedures
    • Utilize effective interpersonal communication skills with customers and coworkers.
    • Utilize effective written communication skills appropriate for the professional setting.
    • Develop competence in the theoretical knowledge necessary to prepare for the national certification examination of the profession.

    Personal and Social Responsibility and Engagement:

    • Value participation in continuous professional development.
    • Develop awareness of the role and responsibilities of the histotechnician as a member of the health care team.

    Integrative and Applied Learning:

    • Apply critical thinking skills to correlating laboratory findings and common disease processes.
    • Apply critical thinking skills to learning new techniques and procedures.

    Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination.


    The pass rate was 100% on the national ASCP Board of Certification Histotechnician examination for graduates of this program for the years 2008 - 2012.

  • Career Opportunities

    Information on careers, including salary and employment outlook data, is available on the iseek and Bureau of Labor Statistics websites: www.iseek.org and www.bls.gov.

  • Transfer Information

    >The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is intended for those students who plan to use the competence gained through their degree for immediate employment or enhancing current career skills. The A.A.S. degree includes a minimum of 20 semester credits in general education selected from at least three of the ten goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). The MnTC courses within the A.A.S. programs transfer to any Minnesota State College or University. Many of the A.A.S. degree programs have articulation agreements with four-year institutions for transfer of the program.

    A student shall:

    • Earn a minimum of 60-71 semester credits as required in the program with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or above in courses taken at North Hennepin Community College. Specific programs may have additional requirements or a higher minimum grade point average.
    • Earn a minimum of 15 semester credits at North Hennepin Community College.
    • Earn 20 credits in at least 3 MnTC goal areas

    Completion of an A.A.S. degree fulfills the Goal Area 2 requirement of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).


    Developmental Courses

    Some students may need preparatory course(s) in Math and/or English. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward a degree.


    Equal Opportunity Employer and Disability Access Information

    North Hennepin Community College is a member of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and an equal opportunity employer and educator. This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 763-493-0555 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529.

  • Degree Information

    The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is intended for those students who plan to use the competence gained through their degree for immediate employment or enhancing current career skills. The A.A.S. degree includes a minimum of 20 semester credits in general education selected from at least three of the ten goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). The MnTC courses within the A.A.S. programs transfer to any Minnesota State College or University. Many of the A.A.S. degree programs have articulation agreements with four-year institutions for transfer of the program.

    A student shall:

    • Earn a minimum of 60-71 semester credits as required in the program with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or above in courses taken at North Hennepin Community College. Specific programs may have additional requirements or a higher minimum grade point average.
    • Earn a minimum of 15 semester credits at North Hennepin Community College.
    • Earn 20 credits in at least 3 MnTC goal areas

    Completion of an A.A.S. degree fulfills the Goal Area 2 requirement of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).


    Developmental Courses

    Some students may need preparatory course(s) in Math and/or English. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward a degree.


    Equal Opportunity Employer and Disability Access Information

    North Hennepin Community College is a member of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and an equal opportunity employer and educator. This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 763-493-0555 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529.

  • Accreditation

    North Hennepin Community College is accredited by the:
    Higher Learning Commission
    30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
    Chicago, IL 60602-2504
    1-800-621-7440


    Program Accreditation

    The Histotechnology Program is accredited by the:
    National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
    5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
    Rosemont, IL 60018
    773-714-8880

Advising Information

- Prospective students (students with no NHCC ID number): call Admissions & Outreach at 763-424-0724 to meet with an Admissions Advisor

- Current students (students with an NHCC ID number), call the Advising Center at 763-424-0703 to meet with a Health Careers Advisor