The Histotechnology program is delivered by current certified practitioners in the field through evening classes, including a day shift internship component. Upon completion of this program, the student will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination. They will enter the health care team as a Histotechnician.
There is a formal application process that is separate from the college admission application.
BEFORE YOU APPLY - PREREQUISITES FOR ADMISSION TO THE PROGRAM:
1. Accuplacer Placement Tests 2. Chemistry Prerequisite 3. Minimum GPA Prerequisite
Note: Current enrollment in prerequisite courses does not meet application requirements. Applicants who meet only the application prerequisite/requirements at the time of application may receive provisional acceptance pending successful completion of Math 1150 College Algebra prior to starting in Histotechnology department courses.
1. Take Placement Tests - All applicants are required to take the Accuplacer placement to evaluate current competency and readiness for college-level courses. Visit the NHCC Testing Center website www.nhcc.edu/testing for more information including: practice questions, scheduling an appointment, & policies.
- Placement tests are required regardless of degree(s) held or coursework completed (no waivers accepted).
- Placement tests must be taken within the 3 years prior to your program application.
- All required coursework identified by the placement scores must be completed with a Pass/C grade or better after taking the test and prior to applying to the program.
In order to be ready to apply to the Histotechnology program, student must be college ready in Math (place into College Algebra - MATH1150 or higher); and Reading at college-level (no courses required); Ready for College Writing I (ENGL1201).
2. Chemistry Prerequisite - Applicants must have completed at minimum a full year of high school chemistry in the United States with a straight grade of “C” or higher OR a college-level Introduction to Chemistry (NHCC Chem 1010) with a straight grade of “C” or higher.
3. Minimum GPA Prerequisite - All College/Vocational-Technical Transcripts must include cumulative credits earned and grade point average. The minimum acceptable overall college GPA is 2.50. Minimum cumulative GPA in program-required math and science courses is 2.50.
If you have no college credits completed at the time of program application: High School Record must include final class rank percentile and grade point average. Applicants with only high school work must be at or above the 50% final class rank percentile (upper ½ of their class).
2015 - 2016
|General Education Courses|
|Courses||Titles||Course Outlines||Goal Areas||Credits|
|1 course from BIOL1001, BIOL1101|
|Biology I or||View||03 ||4|
|Principles of Biology I||View||03 ||4|
|Medical Terminology I - Basics||View||n/a||1|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology I||View||03 ||4|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology II||View||03 ||4|
|Principles of Chemistry I||View||03 ||4|
|Principles of Chemistry II||View||03 ||4|
|Principles of Interpersonal Communication||View||01,07 ||3|
|College Writing I|
|Gateway College Writing or||View||01 ||4|
|College Writing I||View||01 ||4|
|College Algebra||View||04 ||3|
| || Subtotal||31|
|Courses||Titles||Course Outlines||Goal Areas||Credits|
|Clinical Laboratory Basics||View||n/a||1|
|Histology Clinical Experience||View||n/a||12|
| || Subtotal||29|
| || Total Credits Required||60|
Most Histotechnology courses are offered at Abbott Northwestern Hospital through an Evening Attendance option. The program concludes with a clinical component that is only offered on the day shift.
Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World:
- Develop entry level histotechnology skills in a clinical setting to prepare them for the workplace.
Intellectual and Practical Skills:
- Develop and demonstrate professionalism and concern for the customer.
- Develop competence in the theoretical knowledge and technical skills necessary for proficient performance of clinical laboratory procedures
- Utilize effective interpersonal communication skills with customers and coworkers.
- Utilize effective written communication skills appropriate for the professional setting.
- Develop competence in the theoretical knowledge necessary to prepare for the national certification examination of the profession.
Personal and Social Responsibility and Engagement:
- Value participation in continuous professional development.
- Develop awareness of the role and responsibilities of the histotechnician as a member of the health care team.
Integrative and Applied Learning:
- Apply critical thinking skills to correlating laboratory findings and common disease processes.
- Apply critical thinking skills to learning new techniques and procedures.
Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination.
The pass rate was 100% on the national ASCP Board of Certification Histotechnician examination for graduates of this program for the years 2008 - 2012.
Information on careers, including salary and employment outlook data, is available on the iseek and Bureau of Labor Statistics websites: www.iseek.org and www.bls.gov.
If you are planning on transferring to another institution, follow the guidelines available on our transfer resources web page to help you plan the process: Transfer Information
The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is intended for those students who plan to use the competence gained through their degree for immediate employment or enhancing current career skills. The A.A.S. degree includes a minimum of 20 semester credits in general education selected from at least three of the ten goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). The MnTC courses within the A.A.S. programs transfer to any Minnesota State College or University. Many of the A.A.S. degree programs have articulation agreements with four-year institutions for transfer of the program.
A student shall:
- Earn a minimum of 60-71 semester credits as required in the program with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or above in courses taken at North Hennepin Community College. Specific programs may have additional requirements or a higher minimum grade point average.
- Earn a minimum of 20 semester credits at North Hennepin Community College.
- Earn 20 credits in at least 3 MnTC goal areas
Completion of an A.A.S. degree fulfills the Goal Area 2 requirement of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).
Some students may need preparatory course(s) in Math and/or English. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward a degree.
Equal Opportunity Employer and Disability Access Information
North Hennepin Community College is a member of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and an equal opportunity employer and educator. This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 763-493-0555 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529.
North Hennepin Community College is accredited by the:
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602-2504
The Histotechnology Program is accredited by the:
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018