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Curriculum

Didactic course work

The didactic curriculum 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.

Course descriptions

Semester 1
CourseCredits
Histological Techniques I
This course introduces the student to the fundamental safety practices and equipment applied in the histology laboratory and provides knowledge and skills in the histological techniques of tissue collection, accessioning, grossing, decalcification and fixation.

Curriculum is delivered through interactive Web-based learning modules and hands-on experiential learning opportunities within the laboratory environment to support progressive technical skill development and troubleshooting ability.
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.

Curriculum is delivered through interactive Web-based learning modules and hands-on experiential learning opportunities within the laboratory environment to support progressive technical skill development and troubleshooting ability.
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 illustrates the features of healthy tissues and explores the pathology of related disease states along with the impact of routine histology procedures on the microscopic quality of patient samples.

Curriculum is delivered through web-based learning modules and interactive microscope sessions.
2
Professional Development I
This course facilitates the development of skills necessary for positive professional behavior and effective communication in a laboratory and health care setting by exploring communication skills, leadership, customer service and strategies for providing quality patient care. Students analyze current practices in anatomic pathology to further grow as a health care professional.
1
Semester 2
CourseCredits
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 to support progressive technical skill development and troubleshooting ability.
3
Histology Clinical Rotation
This course provides the opportunity to strengthen technical skills and develop entry-level competency in the areas of embedding, frozen sectioning, microtomy and histochemical staining. Technical skills and troubleshooting aptitude are expanded upon, and emphasis is placed on 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 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 illustrates the features of healthy tissues and explores the pathology of related disease states along with the impact of routine histology procedures on the microscopic quality of patient samples.

Topics include the cardiovascular and nervous systems, lymphoid and immune, respiratory, urinary, and male and female reproductive systems. Curriculum is delivered through Web-based learning modules and interactive microscope sessions.
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 in anatomic pathology to enhance their skills and progress toward becoming a professional. Topics explored within this course include career growth and development as well as laboratory management.
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.

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.

  • July 19, 2013
  • ART255421