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Curriculum

Didactic course work

The didactic curriculum for the Histology Technician Program is provided through an online learning management system and is completed as homework. Instruction includes text, videos, images, simulation, interactions and other online applications. Students must complete the online units of instruction, quizzes and pre-lab work prior to coming to class.

Laboratory sessions

Laboratory sessions are administered in the traditional face-to-face format. Students apply the online didactic material during hands-on instructor-facilitated sessions. Students also participate in microscope sessions to review slides created during the laboratory sessions.

Clinical experiences

Throughout the duration of the nine-month program, clinical experience with patient material is provided in the form of demonstrations, investigation and hands-on laboratory rotations. Students practice various histologic techniques under the supervision of the program faculty and laboratory clinical instructors.

Students are not used in place of employees to provide preparation, clerical or histologic work, other than that which is required for the actual educational program to teach the skills required of an entry-level histology technician.

Course descriptions

Semester 1
Course Credits
Histological Techniques I

This course introduces the student to the fundamental safety practices and instrumentation used in the routine histology laboratory and provides knowledge and skills in the histological techniques of tissue collection, accessioning, grossing, decalcification and fixation. The course focuses on quality and recognizing errors within completed materials.

Curriculum is delivered through interactive Web-based learning modules and hands-on experiential learning opportunities within the laboratory environment.

4
Histological Techniques II

This course introduces the student to the knowledge and skills in the histological techniques of processing, embedding, microtomy, frozen sectioning, nuclear and cytoplasmic staining, and laboratory math. The course focuses on quality and recognizing errors within completed materials.

Curriculum is delivered through interactive Web-based learning modules and hands-on experiential learning opportunities within the laboratory environment.

5
Microanatomy I

This course provides a comprehensive analysis of the microscopic structure of human anatomy. It focuses on the basic function and microscopic arrangement of human cells, tissues and organs. It also explores the pathology of related disease states and the impact of routine histology procedures on the microscopic quality of patient samples.

Topics include a microanatomy overview, general pathology, connective tissue and muscle, bone and cartilage, integumentary, and female reproductive.

Curriculum is delivered through Web-based learning modules and interactive microscope sessions. Arizona students participate in this course through the conferencing system WebEx.

2
Professional Development I

This course facilitates the development of skills necessary for positive professional behavior and effective communication in a health care setting by exploring topics such as communication skills, leadership qualities and strategies for creating a professional persona. Students analyze current practices pertinent to quality patient care to grow as a health care professional.

Curriculum is delivered through Web-based learning modules and interactive classroom opportunities to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of professionalism. Arizona students participate in this course through the conferencing system WebEx.

1
Semester 2
Course Credits
Histochemical Staining

This course introduces the student to the fundamental practices of histochemical staining. It provides knowledge and skills in the staining techniques of carbohydrates and amyloid, connective tissue and muscle, nerve, microorganisms and pigments, minerals, and cytoplasmic granules.

Curriculum is delivered through interactive Web-based learning modules and hands-on experiential learning opportunities within the laboratory environment.

3
Histology Clinical Rotation

This course provides the opportunity to strengthen technical skills and develop entry-level competency in the areas of grossing, embedding, frozen sectioning, microtomy and histochemical staining. Technical skills and troubleshooting ability are expanded upon, and emphasis is placed on productivity, teamwork and professionalism in the workplace.

Curriculum is delivered through Web-based learning modules and hands-on experiential learning opportunities within the laboratory environment.

4
Microanatomy II

This course is a continuation of Microanatomy I. It provides a comprehensive analysis of the microscopic structure of human anatomy. It focuses on the basic function and microscopic arrangement of human cells, tissues and organs. It also explores the pathology of related disease states and the impact of routine histology procedures on the microscopic quality of patient samples.

Topics include the gastrointestinal tract, digestive accessory organs, and the circulatory, nervous, immune, respiratory, urinary and male reproductive systems.

Curriculum is delivered through Web-based learning modules and interactive microscope sessions. Arizona students participate in this course through the conferencing system WebEx.

2
Professional Development II

This course is a continuation of the Professional Development I course. It provides an opportunity for the student to further develop professional behaviors, strengthen interpersonal relationships, and build upon the skills necessary to function effectively as a professional in the laboratory and health care setting. Students analyze current practices to enhance their skills and progress toward becoming a professional.

Topics explored within this course include customer service, career growth and development, health care management, and the research process.

Curriculum is delivered through Web-based learning modules and interactive classroom opportunities to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of professionalism. Arizona students participate in this course through the conferencing system WebEx.

1
Histology Enrichment

This course introduces the student to the fundamental theory and practices of special studies in histology, including immunohistochemistry, enzyme histochemistry, cytology preparation and electron microscopy, and outlines the requirements for entry-level knowledge for each specialized procedure.

It also serves as a review course in preparation for the national certification exam. Curriculum is delivered through interactive Web-based learning modules and hands-on experiential learning opportunities within the laboratory environment.

2

Grading or evaluation

Mayo School of Health Sciences uses evaluative tools that include:

  • Online quizzes and examinations
  • Online self-assessment exercises
  • Lab and clinical activities
  • Investigative projects and assignments
  • Competency assessment and demonstration of skills
  • Faculty reviews
  • Affective-behavior evaluation

Our system of evaluation provides students and faculty with a comprehensive look at individual performance, allowing students who are experiencing academic difficulty to be directed to appropriate support resources, including tutoring programs and counseling opportunities. A competency-based evaluation system is used to assess clinical performance.

Student handbook

The Histology Technician Program's Student Handbook provides information about the program's curriculum-related requirements, general policies, academic policies and clinical experience policies. Students will gain access to the Student Handbook located within the learning management system during program orientation.

The handbook serves as a reference for policies and procedures for the duration of the student's time in the program. Applicants may request a copy of the program's student handbook through the program director.

Curriculum enhancements

Mayo School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the best education programs. The curriculum and other aspects of this program are assessed constantly and changed as necessary to ensure the highest quality training.

  • Sep 4, 2014
  • ART255421