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Ms. DoranHistotechnology Certificate Program

What is Histotechnology?
Histotechnology is a structural science that incorporates elements from anatomy, physiology, immunology and chemistry.   Histotechnology provides the means for studying histology, the science dealing with the structure, function and chemical composition of cells of normal and abnormal tissue.   The histotechnologist prepares tissue specimens for microscopic examination.   Histologic techniques utilize the chemical properties of both tissues and dyes to impart color to particular tissue elements to aid identification and disease diagnosis.  [More:  basics of histotechnology]

Why study Histotechnology?
Histology is an applied laboratory science, whose practitioners are in great demand in the current job market.  A certificate in Histotechnology provides intense training in histotechnology through a combination of lectures, hands-on laboratory experience and clinical internships.  [More:  basics of human histology]

Admission to program.
The Certificate Program in Histotechnology admits a limited number of students based on specific selection criteria.  Applicants must submit additional application materials to be approved for entry into the Histology certificate program. Students will be evaluated on the number of hours of college credit, and college grade point average as calculated by SIUC.  Students begin the professional sequence each fall only.  This certificate program requires the successful completion of clinical internships. In accordance with Federal and State guidelines, the clinical sites will require proof of the following:  vaccination for measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, TB, and Hepatitis B; current CPR card; and proof of completion of HIPPA and blood-borne pathogens training.  Affiliation sites will also require students to undergo a criminal background check and drug screening.

Program requirements for Certificate in Histotechnology  [SIUC Undergraduate Catalog]
Most of the certification requirements can be completed with proper selection of courses as University Core Curriculum substitutes and by using elective courses to fulfill certification requirements.   Students are encouraged to discuss their interests with a departmental representative to obtain additional information.  In addition to academic requirements, participation in clinical internships requires proof of the following:  vaccination for measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, TB, and Hepatitis B; current CPR card; and proof of completion of HIPPA and blood-borne pathogens training.  Affiliation sites will also require students to undergo a criminal background check and drug screening.
  

 
University Core Curriculum Requirements  [Core Curriculum] 41 hours
College of Science Requirements  [College of Science]
  AH 105 (2)
  BIOL 200a (4), or PHSL 201 (3), or AH 241 (4)
  BIOL 306 (3), or PHSL 430 (3), or MICR 302 (3)
  CHEM 200 & 201 (4+1)
  CHEM 140a (4), or CHEM 340 (3)
  MATH 108 (3), or MATH 110 (3), or MATH 113 (3)
  MICR 201 (4), or MICR 301 (4), or MSFS 256 (3)
  PHSL 240a (4), or PHSL 301 (4), or KIN 300 (3), or PHSL 401 (5)
  ZOOL 409 (4)
Histotechnology Course Requirements
  HTL 400  Practicum I (5)
  HTL 401  Practicum II (5)
  HTL 404  Internship I (6)
  HTL 405  Internship II (6)
   

Contact:
Director:  Maureen Doran
Office:  Life Science III 2055
Phone:  (618) 453-1584
E-Mailmdoran@siumed.edu
 
Resource links
American Society for Clinical Pathology

National Society for Histotechnology
Additional resources related to histology