To apply to the MSHS Histology Technician Program, you must have verification of at least a 2.8 GPA and successful completion of at least 36 semester hours of college level coursework with a C or better in the following areas:
- Eight semester hours of Biology, with anatomy and physiology, and medical terminology highly recommended
- Eight semester hours of Chemistry with inorganic and organic chemistry highly recommended
- Three semester hours of Social Science or humanities (options include psychology, ethics, etc)
- Three semester hours of College Math
- Three semester hours of English or writing course
- Eleven semester hours of elective course work with biology and chemistry courses highly recommended
A minimum of a two-year associate's degree in the sciences is preferred. Please reference the Rochester Community and Technical College's requirements to achieve an A. S. Degree as a Histology Technician.
It is essential that students in the Histology Technician Program have a basic computer skills set to meet the demands of the online curriculum.
U. S. Citizenship or Permanent Immigrant Status is required for admission to the Histology Technology Program.
Today's allied health education requires that the accumulation of scientific knowledge be accompanied by the simultaneous acquisition of essential skills and professional attitudes and behavior. The goal of MSHS programs is to graduate the best health care practitioners. Further, MSHS must also ensure that patients are not placed in jeopardy by students with impaired intellectual, physical or emotional functions. Therefore, admission to educational programs is offered only to those applicants who meet qualifications for education and training in the art and science of the respective allied health profession. Applicants should possess the following general qualities:
- Critical thinking
- Sound judgment
- Excellent communication skills
- Emotional stability and maturity
- Physical and mental stamina
- Ability to learn and function in a wide variety of didactic and clinical settings
You must be able to perform the essential functions of the profession and meet the standards of the curriculum. Students seeking exceptions to these standards or reasonable accommodations should initiate their request with the program director.
Fluency in written and spoken English is essential for success in the program and to ensure patient safety. Applicants must demonstrate objective competency in English through the admission interview and may be required to submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or equivalent examination.
Applicants are judged not only on scholastic accomplishments, but also on physical and emotional capacities to meet the requirements of the program's curriculum and to graduate as skilled and effective practitioners, with reasonable accommodations, if applicable. To preserve the welfare of students and patients, each MSHS program will establish minimum standards deemed essential for safety in practicing that respective profession. Applicants seeking accommodations should initiate their request with the program director.
Admissions committees for each program may require additional specific admission standards. Documentation of these program-specific standards is available from the program director.
Additional admission requirements
Applicants offered admission to MSHS programs must also comply with prevailing institutional policies and procedures regarding:
- Occupational Health Review and/or Physical Exam
- Background Study
- Drug Screen
- Health Insurance
- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Confidentiality, and other training deemed necessary by Mayo Clinic and/or the MSHS program.
Questions about these requirements can be directed to the school.
Failure to comply or to provide requested documentation is grounds for rescinding an admission offer or terminating admission.
Students are required to exhibit professional and ethical conduct at all times.
Mayo School of Health Sciences upholds all federal and state laws that preclude discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities or veteran's status.
You must be able to perform the essential functions of the profession and meet the standards of the curriculum. Students seeking exceptions to these standards or reasonable accommodations should initiate their request with the program's director.
In addition, the following program essential standards are required. The student must be able to:
- Have full use of both hands to efficiently perform skills in laboratory procedures, including manipulation of tools, equipment and small tissues
- Visualize specimens through a microscope
- Identify tissue elements and distinguish colors
- Perform repetitive movements
- Comprehend three-dimensional, spatial and structural relationships
In addition, MSHS has outlined additional technical and essential functions for the Histology Technician program.