1. Program Mission Statement:
    1. The mission of the HT program is to provide the region served by the program with graduate histologic technicians who can function at career entry levels and who can assume leadership roles as health professionals.
  2. Program Goals and Graduate competencies
    • The goals of the HT program are to:
      1. Provide students with a broad educational background by using a variety of education resources and experience.
      2. Provide a strong undergraduate curriculum based on current needs and curriculum which integrates fundamental courses in histologic laboratory sciences, natural sciences, humanities and social science instruction.
      3. Provide clinical experience to develop the technical skills required to perform laboratory procedures with precision, accuracy and competency.
      4. Maintain the level and quality of instruction in the professional courses by including the latest in technological advances.
      5. Produce graduates eligible to take and pass a national credentialing examination.
      6. Develop in students the professional attitudes and ethics required of laboratory technicians.
      7. Educate students in the merits of continuing professional development in the field of laboratory medicine.
    • Upon completion of the HT program, the graduate will be able to:
      1. Receive and accessioning tissue specimens
      2. Prepare tissue specimens for microscopic examinations, including all routine procedures
      3. Assist with gross examination and frozen section procedures in histopathology
      4. Identify tissue structures and their staining characteristics
      5. Preform preventative and corrective maintenance of equipment and instruments or refer to appropriate sources for repair
      6. Recognize factors that affect procedures and results, and take appropriate action within predetermined limits when corrections are indicated
      7. Perform and monitor quality control within predetermined limits
      8. Comply with established laboratory safety regulations
      9. Demonstrate professional conduct and interpersonal communication skills with patients, laboratory personnel, other health care professionals, and with the public
      10. Interact professionally with patients, laboratory and other health care professionals
      11. Participate in continuing education activities, which demonstrate professional competence and growth as a healthcare professional
      12. Exercise principles of management, safety, and supervision, as the primary analyst making specimen oriented decisions on predetermined criteria, including a working knowledge of criteria values. Communication skills will extend to frequent interactions with members of the healthcare team, external relations, customer service, and patient education. The level of analysis will range from routine tissue processing to complex histopathology laboratory procedures in the various major areas of anatomic pathology. The histotechnician will have diverse functions in areas of pre-analytic, analytic, and post-analytic processes. The histotechnician will have responsibilities for information processing, training, and quality control monitoring whenever histologic procedures are performed.


Mission Statement, Program Goals, and Graduate Competencies