Histological Technician: Certificate
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 and play an integral role in aiding patient diagnosis. They use their knowledge of tissues, pathological conditions and precision equipment to process, section and stain patient specimens. The precision, quality and timeliness of the specimen preparation directly impacts diagnosis and ultimately patient care.
If you are fascinated by the complex way the body works and you like to work with your hands, if you have an inquisitive mind and have always been fascinated by medical research and the solutions it pursues, then Histological Technician may well be the career for you.
Online Histological Technician Certificate Program at SUNY Broome Community College is a one-year, licensure preparing, clinically-based curriculum leading to the Certificate. Students complete their studies on a part-time basis (less than 12 credit hours per semester). Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for New York State Licensure immediately upon graduation and national certification examinations using Route 2, which requires one year of full-time acceptable experience in a histopathology (clinical, veterinary, industry, or research) laboratory in the U.S., Canada, or an accredited laboratory within the last 10 years.
In lieu of campus-based student laboratories, Online HT students complete a set of preclinical competencies each semester at an affiliated hospital within their geographical area. At the end of their studies, students will also complete clinical training (320 hours) in hospital laboratories affiliated with the program to provide hands-on experience as well as excellent training for immediate employment. In order to be eligible for NYS Licensure as a Histological Technician, the student must have earned or are in the process of earning an associate’s degree with the proper distribution and number of science courses required to meet NYS licensure requirements.
Program Prerequisite Requirements:
- Sequential Math I, II, and III, or A and B, or the equivalent
- Regents Biology, College Preparatory Biology or Applied Biology
- Regents Chemistry, College Preparatory Chemistry or Chemistry I & II
- Regents English
- Minimum grade of 74 in Math/Chemistry
The certificate program accepts students annually during the Fall semester.