in the School of Health Professions
The Histotechnology program prepares students for a challenging and exciting career as a histologic technologist.
The program annually admits 16-20 new students in three tracks leading to the Bachelor of Science degree:
This baccalaureate program consists of lectures, demonstrations, and rotations through various hospital histopathology laboratories that provide experience in routine and specialized procedures. The program maintains an extensive collection of microscope and projection slides for use with lectures and independent studies.
Instructor reviewing tissue on slides
Students embedding tissue specimen
Instructor assisting students with microtomy
Student filing slides for later review
Student performing crytomy on tissue
Instructor grossing tissue
Student performing the staining process
Mark A. Bailey, M.A.
Associate Program Director
Toysha Mayer, D.H.Sc.
The Histotechnology program is accredited by and has conformed its curriculum to the standards published and monitored by the:
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS
5600 N. River Rd., Ste. 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
The program has developed affiliations with reference labs and medical institutions in Texas, so that students will develop expertise in a variety of settings and experience the breadth of opportunity available to a certified histotechnologist. During the clinical phase of instruction, training and supervision are provided in affiliated hospitals and clinical laboratories.
LABORATORY INTERNSHIP PLACEMENT POLICY
The purpose of this policy is to outline the process by which a student enrolled in the Histotechnology Program is informed and affected by a laboratory internship rotation cancellation.
It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center School of Health Professions Program in Histotechnology to limit student enrollment to that of available laboratory internship rotations. In case of an internship rotation site cancellation, affected student/s must be informed within 5 school days of the cancellation. Student placement in the remaining laboratory internship rotation will be picked up by one of the MD Anderson rotation sites; or an equitable experience will be offered in the program’s student laboratory; or by other Houston sites to ensure their clinical education will not be interrupted.
STUDENT INTERNSHIP WORK POLICY
Students at the MD Anderson School of Health Professions Program in Histotechnology are required to perform regular service work in histopathology laboratories as a part of their internship education. This allows students to become competent with histologic techniques and prepares them to enter the workforce with the necessary entry-level competencies to function in any routine histopathology laboratory. All laboratory service work performed by students will be monitored by the assigned preceptor in each laboratory.
THE USE OF STUDENTS IN PLACE OF QUALIFIED HISTOTECHNOLOGY STAFF IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED.
Note: If the student must be left alone in any laboratory area for an extended period, please notify the Program Director to ensure proper supervision of the student. Students are also exempt from the “on call” rotation and other laboratory experiences outside of the regular working hours.
As a specialty in the field of medical laboratory sciences, histotechnology involves the application of theoretical knowledge and practical techniques to the preparation of tissue samples for microscopic examination by pathologists.
This rapidly growing specialty offers a variety of opportunities including advanced training and application in electron microscopy, histochemistry and flow cytometry. While most histologic technologists work in hospital or private histotechnology laboratories, some opt to join:
Histologic technologists with administrative and teaching skills serve in management, supervision and education. Those interested in computer technology can apply their laboratory knowledge in the development and management of laboratory information systems.
According to the salary survey conducted by the Department of Academic Affairs at MD Anderson Cancer Center, the salary range for a clinical histologic technologist is $43,000 to $62,000.
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* The NAACLS certification exam benchmark standard for accredited programs is three years of consecutive results demonstrating an average of at least a 75% pass rate on the ASCP-BOC examinations, for students within the first year of graduation as calculated from the most recent three-year period. ().