Histological Technician: A.A.S.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Competent in collecting, processing, and analyzing tissue specimens and other substances.
- Demonstrate proper lab safety techniques, and biohazard and chemical handling.
- Perform histological processing of tissue specimen and other specimens including: preservation, fixation, embedding, sectioning and staining paraffin-embedded tissue.
- Recognize factors that affect procedures and results, and taking appropriate actions within predetermined limits when corrections are indicated.
- Perform and monitor quality control within predetermined limits.
- Perform preventative and corrective maintenance of equipment and instruments or refer to appropriate sources for repairs.
- Apply principles of safety.
- Demonstrate professional conduct and interpersonal communication skills with patients, laboratory personnel, other health care professionals, and with the public.
- Recognize the responsibilities of other laboratory and health care personnel and interact with them with respect for their jobs and patient care.
Histological Technicians work closely with pathologists聽and play an integral role in aiding patient diagnosis.聽They use their knowledge of tissues, pathological聽conditions and precision equipment to process,聽section and stain patient specimens. The precision,聽quality and timeliness of the specimen preparation聽directly impacts diagnosis and ultimately patient聽care.
If you are fascinated by the complex way the body聽works and you like to work with your hands, if you聽have an inquisitive mind and have always been聽fascinated by medical research and the solutions it聽pursues, then Histological Technician may well be the聽career for you.
In order to participate in clinical rotations, which are required to graduate from this program, students are required to submit proof of a current physical and up-to-date required vaccinations, including influenza and SARS-CoV-2 (COVID). Specific instructions about required documentation and deadlines are provided by the Program Director.